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Technicians License Preparation Class

Get started in a fun hobby where you can communicate around the world or across town.

The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America. It also allows for some limited privileges on the HF (also called “short wave”) bands used for international communications.

This class is sponsored by the Maple Grove Radio Club – a service oriented club serving the Northwest suburbs by providing assistance to public safety, hospitals, parades, fun runs, bike tours, and antique car runs to mention a few.

This is a study class where we will assist you with your learning. That means that you are expected to study between classes.

  • When (tentative): Every Monday from Feb 7th, 2022 to April 11th.

  • Class time 6:45 – 9:15 pm

  • Where: Online with Zoom, link will be sent to students prior to class. We may also have optional in-person classes for demonstrations. These are not required for the exam, but will be very useful to help you understand amateur radio and get on the air. The in-person classes will be at the Chester Bird Post #523 of The American Legion at 200 Lilac Dr. in Golden Valley.

  • Cost: $10.00 Due first day of class.

  • You will also need to purchase “The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition” for about $30.

Details and a PayPal invoice will be emailed to you after you register for the class.

To Register or get answers to your questions: Email

Please include your name, Address, and phone contact information as well as your email address.

Our online VE sessions prioritize students of our classes. Go to for more information and to make an appointment. We will schedule additional sessions depending on the class size.

To learn more about the Maple Grove Radio Club, please visit:

Chester Bird Amateur Radio Club Call Sign K0CBP 

the American Legion amateur radio club

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) is comprised of members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion who possess federally issued licenses as amateur radio operators. The purpose of the club is to promote the Legion through the art and science of amateur radio; encourage posts to participate in local disaster preparedness and emergency communications operations; serve as a national emergency communications resource in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, state and local emergency management agencies; and encourage youth to explore science and technology through ham radio. The national headquarters station was established in 2011, reviving a tradition of American Legion Amateur Radio that dates back to the 1920s.
With the station call sign K9TAL, it operates as a "special event" station on Veterans Day and The American Legion Birthday, receiving shortwave calls from radio amateurs around the world. TALARC members may operate the station when visiting national headquarters in Indianapolis. TALARC maintains a website at where members of The American Legion Family can apply for free membership in the radio club which now numbers over 3,000 from across the country.

To learn more about our Amateur Radio Club or to join, please contact Joe Sherohman 

President Tim Arimond

Vice President Dave Johnson

Treasurer Ruth Claseman

Secretary Zach Whitney

Membership Chair Joe Sherohman