The FRRL offers multi-week classes throughout the year at no charge for people wishing to prepare for their first amateur radio license or for a license upgrade.

An Amateur Radio Technician License class is currently in progress.  You can still join in for the remainder of classes, see below for details.

For more information contact our Allen, KB9VO at:  education [at]

Amateur Radio General License class:
We will begin a General License Class around September 29, 2018.  
Check back here for details as they develop.

Morse Code Tutor Project:  While a Morse Code test is no longer required for any level of Amateur Radio License, it still remains a popular mode.
We now offer the "Morse Code Tutor Project".
Follow the link above to learn CW with a 9-week self study course.

Do you want to become a Ham Radio Operator?

Now is your chance to get your first Amateur Radio License (Technician Class License)

This class is co-offered by the FRRL and the Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS).

Technician Class
Saturday Mornings
April 7 thru June 9, 2018

(Please register below)

Classes are 9:00 AM until noon on Saturday mornings at the Golden Corral, 4270 East New York Street, Aurora, IL

Download the flyer on the right.
Address and interactive map are at the bottom of this page.

The Fox River Radio League (FRRL) is joining together with the Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) to co-present a NEW – Amateur Radio Technician Class license training course this spring.

This course is a FREE 10 week course.  Where you will learn everything you need to receive your new Amateur (Ham) Radio Technician Class FCC radio license.

This class is designed for people, who are new to the hobby, and are interested in finding out more about the world of the Amateur Radio.  There is no prior license required.  There is no age limit.  There is only the need of interest in the Ham Radio hobby, and a willingness to learn.   Be prepared for both interactive, group and individual study. There will be a VE test license exam on the last week of the course.   But not to fret, the Technician Class course itself provides you with all the knowledge and information that you’ll need to pass the exam.  Invite your ‘Want-a-Be’ HAM friends, your Spouse, your Children, Nieces, Nephews, or Grandchildren.   ANYONE is invited to join the class or “sit in” as a refresher.  If you’ve EVER had an interest in Amateur Radio, attend this FREE course, study and get your Amateur Technician Class license!

The textbook for the class will be The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd Edition.  Be sure you have a copy before the class.   Books can be purchased online through at local hamfests, or other online sources such as Amazon, and Kindle.  Additional study material will be given to you at the classes.  After receiving your ARRL Ham Radio License Manual book, be sure to review the book and read the first chapter.  To be ready to dive into learning at the first class and to ask questions.

(Direct links to purchase various formats of the book are available on the right)

ARRL offers the Ham Radio License Manual that we will be using in this class.


Attending the class is free but to get a head count we are asking that you register so we know you are coming:

2018 Technician Class Schedule:
All classes are 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Sat. April 7

Sat. April 14

Sat. April 21

Sat. April 28

Sat. May 5

Sat. May 12

Sat. May 19

Sat. May 26

Sat. June 2

Sat. June 9

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9


What is Amateur Radio?

Radio and Signals Fundamentals

Electricity, Components, and Circuits

Propagation, Antennas, and Feed Lines

Amateur Radio Equipment

Communicating with Other Hams

Licensing Regulations

Operating Regulations


VE Testing

BARS: Russell Rezaian, AB9UE

FRRL: Denny Barfuss, W9HI

BARS: Larry Hageman, N9LH

BARS: Russell Rezaian, AB9UE

FRRL: Dan Taddei, W9STS

FRRL: Debby Gray, WX9VOR

FRRL: Roger Bara, W9YU

FRRL: John Miller, W9JDM

FRRL Priscilla Miller,


THIS IS NOT A CRAM CLASS, HOWEVER A good amount of study on your own will be required.

Golden Corral
4270 East New York Street
Aurora, IL  60504

For more information on VE sessions see VE Test Sessions.

Course is sponsored by: Golden Corral - Aurora, IL

If you wish, to enjoy breakfast too, please come early.
Members from FRRL and BARS are invited to come early, eat breakfast, and offer their support.

Course is co-presented by:

FRRL - Fox River Radio League -- website:
BARS - Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society -- website:

 Golden Corral
4270 East New York Street, Aurora, IL