Getting a License

Getting an Amateur Radio License

Local SF Bay Area License Events

Sunnyvale VEC
Twice a month. 2nd Saturday in Sunnyvale, 3rd Saturday in Redwood City.

Silicon Valley VE Group
1st and 3rd Saturday from 8AM until 10:30AM, Saratoga Firehouse

Tri-City VE Group
Alternates every month. A Tuesday evening, next month a Saturday morning, rinse repeat.

Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society
Gives a one day Ham Cram for Technician and General licenses. Various locations

Every May at Maker Faire San Mateo

Finding Other Testing Resources

National Radio Examiners:
Other VECs

Online self-study:

While the focus is on passing the test by studying all of the possible questions, there’s a lot of “how” and “why” information included.

Guides to amateur radio for beginners:

So, You Want to be a Ham? (NASA ISS reference website):

QRZ Practice Tests for amateur radio exams:

Free and open to the public, you must first register or log in with a QRZ User account. No license is required to register with QRZ.

Santa Clara County OES ARES/RACES:

For those already licensed, there are many courses in communications procedures, packet, drills, etc. See Training/Events links on left side of website.

Suggested Books for your First License (some of these are available in the AARC library)

See ARRL site for license manuals,

Gordon West is well known for his books, see

Now You’re Talking! All You Need to Get Your First Amateur Radio License, A once popular book by Larry D. Wolfgang is the 2003 publication. 114Mb PDF download from

Many such books can be purchased locally at HRO (Ham Radio Outlet) located on 510 Lawrence Expressway # 102 in Sunnyvale, CA (between Hwy 101 and Central Expressway).

SF Bay Area Clubs and Organizations

Blackberry React:
West Valley ARC:
Bay Area Radio Builders Club:
Youth Nets:
Find a club: