Training Introduction

WCRA prides itself in offering training to the public at large, in particular those interested in joining in the fun of Amateur Radio! WCRA has volunteer instructors that teach classes to prepare prospective Hams for the Technician class license exam, and also prides itself in the "know code" program, which is an optional course offered to current Hams and prospective Hams alike, teaching Morse code. Morse code is not required for any of the ham licenses.

Classes Offered

Upcoming Tech Class

WCRA is hosting a 2 day training class to help you get your Technician Amateur Radio license.
This will be held on successive Saturdays, October 4, 2014 and October 11, 2014.
At the end of the second day, you can take your Technician License exam in class.


Invest two Saturdays and some homework time ahead of class, and take the exam.
If you pass the exam, you have earned your license!
WHO: You! Adults and youth are invited
WHEN: Saturday October 4th and October 11, 2014 (both dates required for attendance)
       9 AM to 5 PM (Bring a sack lunch)
WHERE: Faith Evangelical Covenant Church, 2001 Lakeview Drive, Wheaton, IL 60189
COST: $15 for the class (required) + $15 for the test (optional - bring cash). + $20 to purchase the book online from Amazon
      Please make checks payable to the WCRA, indicate which class you are registering for, and Mail to:
      WCRA
      PO Box QSL
      Wheaton, IL 60187
Prestudy: Technician Prestudy Material

Upcoming General Class

WCRA is hosting a 2 day training class to help you get your General Amateur Radio license. Note you need to have passed your tech license test to take the general license test.
This will be held on successive Saturdays, November 1, 2014 and November 8, 2014.
At the end of the second day, you can take your General License exam in class.

Invest two Saturdays and some homework time ahead of class, and take the exam.
If you pass the exam, you have earned your license!
WHO: You! Adults and youth are invited
WHEN: Saturday November 1st and November 8th, 2014 (both dates required for attendance)
       9 AM to 5 PM (Bring a sack lunch)
WHERE: Faith Evangelical Covenant Church, 2001 Lakeview Drive, Wheaton, IL 60189
COST: $15 for the class (required) + $15 for the test (optional). + $22 to purchase the book online from Amazon
      Please make checks payable to the WCRA, indicate which class you are registering for, and Mail to:
      WCRA
      PO Box QSL
      Wheaton, IL 60187
Prestudy: General Prestudy Material

Additional Exam Sessions

If you didn't pass the test at one of our classes or just wanted to wait until you were more prepared, there are exam sessions occurring periodically in the area. Exams are routinely administered by the WCRA VE team. Information on WCRA VE testing as well as other clubs can be found on the VE testing page.

Additional Resources

Whether you are new to the hobby looking for new information, or a seasoned Ham looking for information on upgrading your license, our WCRA Training Team is committed to being as helpful as is possible. Please feel free to reach out and ask a question to our Training Coordinator. We are proud to report that so many good questions have been asked, that we now have had enough create a useful Training Reference guide. It is our hope that you will find this helpful.