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YARA Radio Courses 

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The YARA course programs

1. Basic Radio Course: YARA tentatively will offer a weekend of exam questions review and opportunity to write the exam for the Basic Level: Jan 25, 26, and 27, 2019. This is for people doing "self study" and they can purchase manuals and download Industry Canada materials, as well as use the on-line study materials of CLARS (Cold Lake Amateur Radio Society) - see details below. A tentative schedule can be downloaded Review Outine.If you are interested. Please contact the president VY1JY (John Brooks) YARA Contacts See list of other resources below.

2. Morse Code: YARA is conducting CW 1 hr workshops on Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm at the EMO meeting room, 60 Norseman Road, Whitehorse Airport

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 others are interested and let us know. Add your name to the list of people interested. We will try to get more people involved. Please Contact us.

In the interim, or if there are not enough students available for a formal class, you still have other options to study and get your licence:

  1. Check out the online training program offered by CLARS Cold Lake Amateur Radio Society Basic and Advanced Training,
  2. You can order a study guide through Coax Publications, and
  3. You can do an online course by Alpha Victor Enterprises Ltd. Hamstudy.com
  4. 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
  5. Download Industry Canada publications, and
  6. Download the practice exam question bank, RIC-7, from Industry Canada, and/or
  7. Download the exam generator software from Industry Canada, and
  8. ExHAMiner, a self-test program for candidates to the Canadian Amateur Radio certification
  9. If you need help or coaching contact us, and or
  10. Join us for coffee/breakfast 9:30 am Saturdays and A & W in Whitehorse
  11. 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
  12. 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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