I have a crazy idea. I want to run a ham radio technician class at the community center in my small town. I’ve never done anything like this before.
I told you it was a crazy idea.
I need your help. I want to hear from people who have successfully run technician license courses. I’m also looking to hear what DIDN’T work so I can avoid those things. I’m most interested in:
- How did you decide what book to use? There seem to be many good choices including the ARRL book and Stu Turner’s HamRadioSchool.com. There are also some free (and low cost) PDF texts available online.
- Did you use a specific curriculum, or did you kind of follow along with the book you chose?
- What multimedia did you use? Again, so many choices here including Andy Vellenga’s Ham Whisperer videos. I worry about putting them to sleep with PowerPoint.
- Was there just one instructor (you), or did you utilize several members of your club to offer other points of view?
- Did you let everyone in who expressed interest, or did you have some sort of selection criteria?
- How did you choose a venue for your class? I’m thinking maybe the local fire station or community center.
- What did you find works best for a class schedule? I’m debating between running the class over two weekends versus one night a week for 8 weeks. Both have their pluses and minuses.
- What percentage of your students finished the class, and how many of those successfully licensed? I’ll be pretty depressed if I start with 15 students and only one gets their ticket.
- What’s the most important thing you wish you’d known before you did it, and what would you change because of it?
No reply is too short or too long. Address all of the questions, or just one. I appreciate any insight you can offer.