Richmond Amateur Radio Club

Class Schedules

Fall Classes 2020

Classes will be held in the fall. The Zoom* teleconference software will be used to teach remotely. Once the Covid-19 rules and common sense make on-site teaching possible, classes will move to classrooms but that is unlikely for fall classes.

Exam preparation classes

09/15/2020 first class meeting – 11/17/2020 last class meeting

  • Technician (first license) taught on Tuesday nights, 7pm to 9pm via Zoom.
  • General (second license) meets Thursday nights, 7pm to 9pm via Zoom.
  • Extra (highest license) class is Wednesday nights, 7pm to 9pm via Zoom.

Class size limitations: we need 4 or more students for a class to be formed.


Register by mail** no later than September 8, 2020.

By mail: fill out the registration form at RARC Radio School Registration form fall 2020-2, print it, make out a $20 check for the tuition, and mail both to the RARC address on the registration form.

For the textbook: go to, look for the textbook you need and order it for delivery to your home. (Normally we order the books and bring them to class but not this semester.) The textbooks we use:

  • Technician: ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition (Softcover), ISBN: 978-1-62595-087-1, $29.95

  • General: ARRL General Class License Manual 9th Edition (Spiral Bound), ISBN:978-1-62595-106-9, $32.95

  • Extra: ARRL Extra Class License Manual 12th Edition (Spiral Bound), ISBN: 978-1-62595-131-1, $32.95

Saturday Seminars

No seminars will be held in the fall of 2020

The tuition fees cover instructors’ supplies, support the club, help cover the Zoom software license, and other RARC costs of providing these virtual classes.

*Zoom teleconference software is free to viewers. See for more information

**The ability to accept credit cards is complicated and has costly fees for the club. If we can figure out an economical way to offer credit card payments and a way to match payment to student, we will announce it.

Official FCC Exams

The Club provides a Volunteer Examiners (VE) testing session near the end of each course. There is a $15 examination fee or sometimes it is free. Click VE Testing Schedules  for the current schedule.

School Location – after pandemic restrictions lifted

Registration, classes, and exams are held at the Bon Air United Methodist Church, 1645 Buford Road, Richmond, VA 23235. Please enter the church from the West Bon View Drive side of the building. Signs inside direct you to the correct rooms.

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Other Information

If inclement weather causes the closing of the school, additional nights are usually negotiated to allow adequate time to cover necessary material.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the head of the school  Bruce MacAlister, W4BRU at or 804-353-4269.

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