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The YARA course program: There are currently no dates confirmed for the next course

There is no charge for this course at this time. Participants can purchase manuals. If you are interested please contact the president VY1MB (Bob Melanson) YARA Contacts See list of other resources below.

If you are interested in getting your Amateur Radio Operator Certificate or Advanced Qualification, please Contact us.

Note: Morse Code is not required to obtain a licence, but many amateur radio operators learn Code for fun and for communications in poor propagation conditions. There are probably more more code operators now than when it was a requirement. ARRL information on Morse Code

If you want to study on your own and write an exam, YARA has two examiners ready to help you. See more information below.

In previous years YARA has offered several class options: in evenings twice a week over 6 weeks, intensive weekend courses, and group study sessions. There have also been short courses and hands-on workshops. See photos:

Due to the uncertain nature of having enough students at any given time we tend to be very flexible when we offer a class. If we have enough interest we try to set up classes as needed.

We need at least 5 students and not more than 15. So if you want to take a "ham class" check with your friends and see how many you can get together and let us know. We will try to get more people involved.

In the interim, or if there are not enough students available for a formal class, you have other options:

  1. You can order a study guide through Coax Publications, and
  2. You can do an online course by Alpha Victor Enterprises Ltd. Hamstudy.com
  3. You can do "self-study". YARA has its own CD study guide/tutor based on previous courses. Download this to your computer and "unzip" it. Make a shortcut on you desktop to the README.htm file for quick access. Just follow the instructions on the disk. Click here to download
  4. Download Industry Canada publications, and
  5. Download the practice exam question bank, RIC-7, from Industry Canada, and/or
  6. Download the exam generator software from Industry Canada, and
  7. ExHAMiner, a self-test program for candidates to the Canadian Amateur Radio certification
  8. If you need help or coaching contact us, and or
  9. Join us for coffee/breakfast 9:30 am Saturdays and A & W in Whitehorse
  10. YARA's Education Coordinator, Yuuri Daiku VY1YU, may be able to match you up with an "Elmer", an amateur radio operator who can assist you and show you the ropes. YARA Contacts
  11. Writing your exam: Two members of YARA are accredited examiners. When you are ready to write your exam, contact us to set up a convenient time:
    Bob Melanson - bob-dot-melanson-at-northwestel.net
    Allen Wootton - awootton-at-uniserve.com

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