2019 WCARES University – Technician & General License classes



Regular registration is now closed but you can still drop by and sit in on any of these classes. To get the most out of the classes, please check out the links for the ARRL manuals below.

The class session dates for 2019 will be Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2… followed by the March 9 test session. The sessions are held each Saturday in February and the first Saturday in March depending on any severe weather conditions. The second Saturday in March is an opportunity to take the radio exam you just prepared for to earn your license (or upgrade). This test session is with the Nashville VE team beginning at 9AM that morning (registration begins at 8AM). Check out the Nashville VE website for more details on the test session. If you cannot make it to this one, no problem, there are other test sessions held on other dates and other locations in Middle Tennessee if you want more time to study. The ARRL website has a list of exam sessions with a search form here.

Each class session will go over amateur radio concepts and will be taught by various volunteer instructors from WCARES amateur radio operators with experience in the subject matters. Chapters in the manual will be reviewed with the assumption that students have already read the material for those sections indicated on the syllabus. You should receive this syllabus a week or so before the first session at the email address you provide when you register. Classes will be located in one of the training rooms (or as indicated by the monitor at the main entrance) at the Williamson County Public Safety Center building located at 306 Beasley Rd in Franklin, TN (37064). (location on Google maps) The building is located behind another warehouse-like facility and is accessible at the far end of the drive way and through the black gates. Follow the main walkway to the main entrance and look for the room. Usually, we are able to use Room 133 or 134 which are down the corridor to the right of the main entrance; any classroom changes will be announced by e-mail.

The dates and times of the classes as well as links to purchase the ARRL Technician or General Class License Manuals are listed in the following table:

  Technician General
What is the current manual? 4th Edition (July 2018 – June 2022) 8th Edition (Use Until June 30 2019)
Order manuals from ARRL: soft cover
spiral bound
soft cover
spiral bound
Order manuals from Amazon all versions all versions
Prerequisites? None, beginners start here Has Technician radio license
Class Dates? Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2
Class Times each session? 9AM – 12PM each Saturday 8:30AM – 12:30PM each Saturday


Sign-up registration is closed but you can still attend any of the classes. Please let us know if you’re planning to attend either set of classes using the links below:

Technican License classes General License classes