The FCC has has three Amateur Radio licenses available to new licensees; Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. The FRRL offers multi-week classes throughout the year at no charge for individuals wishing to prepare for their first amateur radio license or for a license upgrade.

For more information contact our education chair at:  education [at]

The official ARRL Manuals are used for our classes.
Before purchasing a manual in advance be aware of the "current thru" date.
Books are available for purchase via the club at a discounted rate.
Please contact education [at] for more information.

Level 1:

Current thru
June 30, 2026

Level 2:
Current thru
June 30, 2027

Level 3:
Amateur Extra

Current thru
June 30, 2024

While a Morse Code (CW) test is no longer required for any class of Amateur Radio License, it is still a popular mode. A former FRRL president put together an excellent series on learning code, it is available here: Morse Code Tutor Project

Upcoming Classes:

Extra Class - Starting September 2nd.
Location: IN PERSON at the Messenger North Aurora Library
Time: Saturday Mornings 9 AM to 11:30 AM through November 2023.
Registration: Please email education [at]
Students: Please read the syllabus and materials in advance of the class

The Fox River Radio League (FRRL) presents regular training classes focused toward new Amateurs interested in gaining their Technician class license or upgrading to the General and Extra class licenses.

These are free  courses where you will learn everything you need to receive or upgrade to the appropriate FCC radio license.

The textbook for the class will be the official ARRL License Manual.  Books are available for purchase via the club at a discounted rate by emailing education [at]

Classes are instructor-led, and you can expect engaging conversations to ensue around the topics of discussion.

In addition to our regularly scheduled bi-monthly testing we will be scheduling a dedicated VE session after discussing best availability with the class participants.  For more information on VE sessions, please see VE Test Sessions.

ARRL offers the Ham Radio License Manual that we will be using in this class. Books are available for purchase via the club at a discounted rate

License Manuals $27:


Classes are free but to get a head count and send you a zoom link if required we are asking that you register in advance.

education [at]