Mentoring and New Ham Development

Contact

Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB
Hollis, NH
Email: ab1qb@nediv.arrl.org

Assistant Director for Mentoring and New Ham Development

Introduction

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-devYou can join it via the Find a Group feature in Groups.io, or contact me at ab1qb@arrl.net 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 first meeting of the Mentoring and New Ham Development working group on Tuesday, 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

Mentoring Programs

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 .

 

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:

 

Licensing Classes

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 ClassStart/End DatesStart/ End Times (ET)Number/ Frequency of SessionsLocationPre-Study?VE Exam Provided?More InfoSponsoring Organization
TechnicianMany dates8:30 - 11:30 PM OR 12 - 6 PMEvening Classes - 4 sessions M-Th, Weekend classes - 2 SAT-SUNOnlineStudy from ARRL Technician Class License ManualOnline exam can be scheduledhttps://nescitech.org/shop/on-line-license-course-technician/New England SCI-TECH
GeneralMany dates8:30 - 11:30 PM OR 12 - 6 PMEvening Classes - 4 sessions M-Th, Weekend classes - 2 SAT-SUNOnlineStudy from ARRL General Class License ManualOnline exam can be scheduledhttps://nescitech.org/shop/online-license-course-general/New England SCI-TECH
ExtraMany dates7 -10 PM8 SessionsOnlineStudy from ARRL Extra Class License ManualOnline exam can be scheduledhttps://nescitech.org/shop/online-license-course-extra/New England SCI-TECH
Technician5/16 - 6/87 - 9 PMMondays and WednesdaysIn Person at Pepperell Community Center, 4 Hollis Street, Pepperell, MA 01463ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, Level 1, Technician, 4th edNo exam is providedContact Bruce Blain K1BG at 508-341-5124 or bruce.blain@charter.netNashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club
General5/3 - 6/107 - 9 PM12 Sessions - Twice a week for 6 weeksOnlineGeneral Class License Manual requiredIn-person examContact Ray, aa1se@gmail.comWMA Train and Test Group
General4/22 - 5/276:30 - 8:30 PM6 SessionsOnlineSome exercises provided but not requiredIn-person examhttps://w1sye.org/?page_id=151Newport County Radio Club
Extra4/22 - 5/276:30 - 9 PM6 SessionsOnlineSome exercises provided but not requiredIn-person examhttps://w1sye.org/?page_id=151Newport County Radio Club
Technician4/19 - 5/246 - 8:30 PM6 SessionsOnlineNone
In-person examhttps://w1sye.org/?page_id=151Newport 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 ab1qb@nediv.arrl.org 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.