Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB
Assistant Director for Mentoring and New Ham Development
One of the goals of our director is to work with clubs and individuals in New England to help them expand their role as mentors and create a world-class environment for learning based on Amateur Radio.
We have formed a working group to help clubs across New England to provide the mentoring to meet these goals. The goals of this working group are to:
- Encourage the development and sharing of Licensing programs
- Encourage the development of programs to help licensed amateurs at all levels to build stations, put up antennas, and Get On The Air
- Encourage the development and sharing of Mentoring and skills development programs
- Encourage the development and sharing of online learning tools
- Provide for publicizing these programs across the division and the ARRL
- To join the discussion, join our Groups.io group, ne-ham-dev. You can join it via the Find a Group feature in Groups.io, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added.
This page includes a number of resources to help clubs to provide learning and mentoring programs to their members.
We held the most recent meeting of the Mentoring and New Ham Development working group on Monday, May 23rd. We had presentations from Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC on the ARRL Club Grant Program, Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB, on the Ham Bootcamp mentoring program, and Larry Krainson, W1AST on plans for Ham Radio activities the Big-E. The recording of the meeting is below.
Our kickoff meeting was held on March 15th. We had presentations from Dan Norman, N0HF; Bob Beaudet, W1YRC; Bob Phinney, K5TEC; and Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB, on mentoring programs. The recording of the meeting is below.
Do you have inputs that you would like to provide for this page? You can provide your inputs by submitting a form at Provide Input to Mentoring and Ham Development Web Page Select the correct form (Mentoring Program, License Class, or Training Recording) by opening the Table of Contents and clicking on the heading for the information you will provide.
Resources for New Hams
One of our goals is to connect prospective hams, newly licensed hams, and inactive hams to clubs that have mentoring programs to help these hams get on the air.
Here is information on mentoring programs provided by New England Amateur Radio Clubs. If you have a mentoring program you would like to have listed here, please complete the form at Provide Input to Mentoring and Ham Development Web Page .
- Greater Bridgeport (CT) Amateur Radio Club – CARES Program
- Nashua (NH) Area Radio Society – Ham Bootcamp
- The Consortium (RI) – Bob Beaudet, W1YRC
Training Program Recordings
Many clubs provide training programs over the internet that are recorded and available on their websites or YouTube channels. This section is a collection of links to those videos. If you have training recordings that you would like to share here, please provide your input via the form at Provide Input to Mentoring and Ham Development Web Page
Nashua Area Radio Society Tech Night Recordings
The Nashua Area Radio Society holds a monthly tech night to help amateur radio operators to develop and expand their Ham Radio-related technical knowledge. Here are some video recordings that teach some important skills to operators:
Many clubs offer licensing classes. Some are online and others are in-person. License classes given by ARRL New England Division clubs are listed below. You can scroll left and right to see all of the columns in the table.
License Class Exams
|License Class||Start/End Dates||Start/ End Times (ET)||Number/ Frequency of Sessions||Location||Pre-Study?||VE Exam Provided?||More Info||Sponsoring Organization|
|Technician||Many dates||8:30 - 11:30 PM OR 12 - 6 PM||Evening Classes - 4 sessions M-Th, Weekend classes - 2 SAT-SUN||Online||Study from ARRL Technician Class License Manual||Online exam can be scheduled||https://nescitech.org/shop/on-line-license-course-technician/||New England SCI-TECH|
|General||Many dates||8:30 - 11:30 PM OR 12 - 6 PM||Evening Classes - 4 sessions M-Th, Weekend classes - 2 SAT-SUN||Online||Study from ARRL General Class License Manual||Online exam can be scheduled||https://nescitech.org/shop/online-license-course-general/||New England SCI-TECH|
|Extra||Many dates||7 -10 PM||8 Sessions||Online||Study from ARRL Extra Class License Manual||Online exam can be scheduled||https://nescitech.org/shop/online-license-course-extra/||New England SCI-TECH|
|Technician||5/16 - 6/8||7 - 9 PM||Mondays and Wednesdays||In Person at Pepperell Community Center, 4 Hollis Street, Pepperell, MA 01463||ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, Level 1, Technician, 4th ed||No exam is provided||Contact Bruce Blain K1BG at 508-341-5124 or email@example.com||Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club|
|General||5/3 - 6/10||7 - 9 PM||12 Sessions - Twice a week for 6 weeks||Online||General Class License Manual required||In-person exam||Contact Ray, firstname.lastname@example.org||WMA Train and Test Group|
|General||4/22 - 5/27||6:30 - 8:30 PM||6 Sessions||Online||Some exercises provided but not required||In-person exam||https://w1sye.org/?page_id=151||Newport County Radio Club|
|Extra||4/22 - 5/27||6:30 - 9 PM||6 Sessions||Online||Some exercises provided but not required||In-person exam||https://w1sye.org/?page_id=151||Newport County Radio Club|
|Technician||4/19 - 5/24||6 - 8:30 PM||6 Sessions||Online||None||In-person exam||https://w1sye.org/?page_id=151||Newport County Radio Club|
You can also search for a license class on the ARRL Website: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class
If you have a license class that you would like to share here, please provide your input via the form at Provide Input to Mentoring and Ham Development Web Page
Club Membership Programs for New Hams
Many clubs offer reduced dues or free club memberships to New Hams. Please contact me at email@example.com if your club has a membership program for new hams so that I can add your club to this list.
Club Meeting Speaker Lists
Looking for a speaker for an upcoming club meeting? Here are links to speaker lists provided by ARRL sections in New England.