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JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) 2023

JOTA is Held the 3rd weekend of October each year.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 21st, 2023.
More information will be posted as we finalize our plans.

If you have any questions, please use the form below.  We will get right back to you!


Hams In The Hills (Page)

Do you like ham radio and taking your vehicle off-road?  You’ve come to the right place.

Our first event is March 4th at Prairie City SVRA… More details to follow!!

Here is the complete 2023 schedule. We will fill in the details as we go.

Date Event Trail Boss
March 4 Prairie City SVRA Mike (K6YMM)
April 15 McKinstry Peak Mike (K6YMM)
May 13 Tells Creek/B-17 crash site Jeff (K6BSY)
June 17 Signal Peak Larry (KN6BKB)
July 15 & 16 Ellis Peak (camping at Ellis Lake) Paul (W2OHV)
September 9 Strawberry Pass Jeff (K6BSY)
October 5-8 Yerington, NV    (campground, RV’s welcome, wide area exploration events, TBD) Paul (W2OHV)

Classes / Training (Page) (Default)

The  Sierra Foothills ARC offers all levels of Amateur radio license upgrade classes.

All classes are held online via a Zoom classroom.  We also include two in-person hands-on labs.  One lab focuses on a license-appropriate Get On The Air session and a project build.

Course fees include the latest version of the applicable ARRL License Manual shipped to your home and hands-on lab materials.  FCC exam fees are not included.

Our 2023 Class Calendar:

    • Technician – April 25 – May 30, 2023
    • General – August 8 – September 26, 2023
    • Technician – October 17 – November 28, 2023

If you’d like more information about our upcoming class, please drop us a note using the form below.


VE Exams (Page)

Logo for W5YI VE TeamThe Sierra Foothills Volunteer Exam Team offers in-person monthly testing sessions at the Auburn Crossroads Church campus and during the summer ARRL Field Day. Walk-in applicants are welcome. View our exam schedule calendar and pre-register now. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the exam start time.

On the day of, bring these items:

Clip Art of Antenna TowerExams are administered on tablets provided by the SFARC VE Team, which includes a calculator app. Upon successful completion of an exam you may continue to test for the next license level. Please only continue if you have studied and are prepared to pass. There are no additional fees to upgrade to the next level in the same session. Let the team  know during check-in if you plan to take exams for multiple elements.

Student Scholarship

Clip Art of Graduation CapThe Daniel Fogard W6PRL Scholarship is available for students currently enrolled in Elementary, Middle, High School, and Undergraduate College programs and are 21 years of age or younger as of the date of the exam. Upon passing an exam, the student will be awarded the current cost of the exam and a study guide for the next level.

If you have any questions, need to reschedule or an accommodation, please contact the SFARC VE Team Coordinator using the form below.


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Technicians Class (Saved)

IF YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GET YOUR AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE, THIS IS THE COURSE FOR YOU!!!

Our class is not a Ham-Cram! We focus on passing the test, but also teach the principles so you will understand the answers.  The course includes six (6) 2-hour online Zoom sessions plus 2 in-person labs.

Image of Greg helping out at the Technician Class Lab.
Greg (KO6TH) showing our students proper soldiering techniques.

For the first lab, you will build your first antenna to keep. You will learn how to solder, strip coax cable, and tune an antenna. You will even have the opportunity to make a contact with it.

The second lab is our GOTA (Get On The Air) lab. We teach you the basics of how to use a radio and help you with your first transmission. We will show you the basic components and how to put them together to build your own Ham radio station.

Our next class starts on Tuesday, April 25,2023 , and only costs $40. The fee includes an ARRL Technician License Class manual and all the materials needed to make your own antenna.

If you’d like more information, use the form below to send us a message.
If you’re ready to go, purchase the class by CLICKING HERE


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