General Course

Want to upgrade your Amateur Radio license to General and gain additional HF privileges?

The Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service (CARS) will be conducting an in-person General Course starting Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST. The course will shift to Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM and will run through Thursday, July 29, 2021. Each session will run for 2 hours.

The course is designed to discuss the General license material and to review test questions associated with the material. Like the Technician license, some of the material does not lend itself well to group discussion. Material in the first three chapters discusses (introduction to amateur radio and the General license, Procedures and Practices, and Rules and Regulations) is similar to material you experienced when taking the Technician license test. The course will leave this material up to you to review. The course will cover the remaining chapters led by a CARS instructor and utilizing class participation and test question review.

How do I signup?

Anyone interested should contact Duane Ettwein, KJ4YKG at providing their name, phone number, and email address.


There is no cost for taking the course.


The classes will be held in-person at the CARS Shack at 116 Reservation Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322.

Course Material

The course will utilize the ARRL General Class License Manual, Ninth Edition.  This manual can be purchased through the ARRL Store or from the course lead (Duane Ettwein, KJ4YKG) at a discounted price.

Full Course Schedule

Date & Time Modules
Saturday July 10, 2021 1:00 PM Course Introduction, Procedures and Practices, Rules and Regulations, & Components and Circuits
Tuesday July 13, 2021 7:00 PM Components and Circuits
Thursday July 15, 2021 7:00 PM Components and Circuits & Radio Signals and Equipment
Tuesday July 20, 2021 7:00 PM Radio Signals and Equipment & Digital Modes
Thursday July 22, 2021 7:00 PM Digital Modes & Antennas
Tuesday July 27, 2021 7:00 PM Propagation & Electrical and RF Safety
Thursday July 29, 2021 7:00 PM Overflow, Review & Exam Prep Session
Saturday July 31, 2021 TBD Exam Session


General Course Requirements

  • Exam Candidates: You are REQUIRED to register in the FCC CORES system and receive a FCC Registration Number (FRN) before exam day. You can register for an FRN here:
  • Click Here for FCC CORES Tutorial Videos.
  • The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2021 is $15.00. That one fee pays for one attempt at each of the three exam elements. If a candidate fails an element at an exam session and wants to re-test for the same element, an additional fee will be required.

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