HamCram is widely recognized as the easiest way for someone to get an Amateur Radio license or upgrade from Technician Class to General. HamCram is not a training event, but a guided, 6-hour-long study session followed by the FCC-required multiple-choice test. For reasonably motivated participants our pass rate exceeds 90 percent.

California Emergency Volunteers, Inc., has produced HamCrams in San Joaquin County for nearly a decade. Alternating with Stockton Delta Amateur Radio Club, a HamCram is held in Tracy or Stockton every month. In the San Francisco area, HamCrams are produced by the Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society (BAEARS).

In 2017, Tracy HamCrams are held on the second Saturday of odd-numbered months. Stockton HamCrams are held during even-numbered months.

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What is a HamCram?

How to quickly and easily become a licensed ham radio operator may be a mystery to you. You may even want a license right now and not know how to get one.

“Get Your License in One Day” is the perfect solution. No tedious preliminary home study. No long, boring once-a-week classes. You attend for just one day, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and you’re done.

Thousands of men and women, aged 16 to 90, have succeeded in the past 20 years, in over 300 sessions. The success rate has never been less than 90 percent for motivated adults. If you want to bring a younger person -- we have had kids as young as 8 pass -- please contact us before registering them for additional information.

How does HamCram work?

In 1984, the FCC transferred testing for Amateur Radio licenses to certified volunteers from the ham community. Applicants now pass a 35-question multiple-choice exam chosen from a publicly-available pool of questions. A passing score requires 26 or more correct answers. 

HamCram is not a class. It is guided study — six 50-minute reading sessions with 10-minute breaks and a 30-minute break for lunch. The FCC exam is given at the end of the day.

We divide the question pool into six segments, each containing about 60 questions. This is the most efficient way to maximize attention span and fight study fatigue.

In other words, we tell you how to study, keep you doing it in an organized way, and then give you the test as soon as you are finished. It is a proven “winning formula.”

Session Schedule

• Preliminaries 8:00-8:30 AM
• Study Period 1 8:30-9:20 AM
• Break (10 minutes)
• Study Period 2 9:30-10:20 AM
• (Break 10 minutes)
• Study Period 3 10:30-11:20 AM
• Lunch 11:20 AM-12:00 PM (40 minutes)
• Study Period 4 12:00-12:50 PM
• Break (10 minutes)
• Study Period 5 1:00-1:50 PM
• Break (10 minutes)
• Study Period 6 2:00-2:50 PM
• (Break 10 minutes)
• Exam 3:00 PM

You must be present all day — no exceptions.

90% Success Rate

Short-term memory is the “secret” of the high success rate. Volunteer examiners are not permitted to change either the question or the correct answers. All exam questions and answers will be what you have been studying in the session. This is the biggest reason why 90% are easily able to recognize the correct answers immediately after reading the question pool thoroughly.

“Get Your License in Just One Day” is truly the quick way to get your beginner-level Technician Class Amateur Radio license, though it may be challenging for some. Current Technician licensees may HamCram for their upgrade to the General Class license.

The advanced-level Amateur Extra Class question pool is too large for the HamCram method to be effective. We allow Extra attendees to study the Extra pool at a session by only special request. You cannot upgrade from General to Extra with just a HamCram. We do offer Extra Class testing, both at HamCrams and on an on-demand basis (contact us for details).