Session Preparation Info

Please print a copy of your confirmation and bring it with you, to speed up the sign in on the day of the session. 

Amateur Radio Study Session and Test

April 22, 2023

Produced by: Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society


Here are the directions to the San Francisco Study Session, as well as other necessary information and the day's schedule:

Ham Study Session Directions for Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

This is going to be a large group, so please have your confirmation e-mail print-out and completed payment with you when you sign in. If you can’t make it, please let us know; the class usually fills and we have to turn people away, spots that we can re-use if we know.

The Fee is $35.00 for this session, pay at the session, cash or check. This covers the cost of the study materials and the W5YI Examination Fee.

  • $14.00 W5YI Exam Fee
  • $21.00 BAEARS Session Fee

Make checks payable to: Ross Peterson.

Print a copy of your confirmation and bring it with you and check or cash with you. Please don’t mail or fax them in.

We MUST check 2 forms of ID, one must be a picture ID. You MUST have your FCC FRN available for the license application, the application can’t be processed without it. 

PERMANENT e-mail address is required for communication from the FCC.

Effective 05/20/2021 you MUST obtain an FRN (FCC Registration Number) in order to obtain an amateur radio license. (FCC FRN Requirements Info

The FCC has created a YouTube video to demonstrate how to obtain an FRN. The link to the video is here:

You may go the FCC website at: to register for a FRN (you will need to give them your Social Security Number).

Effecctive April 19, 2022, the FCC will begin charging a $35.00 application fee. BAEARS will not collect this fee, you will be charged directly by the FCC.

For those of you who don't have a sponsor, leave that part blank, we will help you locate a sponsor at the session.

If you have a current amateur Radio license and are planning to upgrade, please bring a copy of your current license that we can keep to send in with your upgrade package.

If you wish to take the Extra exam, you MUST study prior to the session. The question pool is too large to cover in one day of study. Feel free to join us for additional study and bring your study materials. the exam fee is $14.00.

The building will be open at 8:00 AM and we will start sign-in then. The session introduction will start promptly at 8:30. Please don’t be late, if you miss the orientation, it will be extremely difficult to catch up.

Walk-in exams will be administered between 9:00AM and 3:00PM.

The session will be at:

Santa Clara First Baptist Church
3111 Benton St,
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Plenty of parking is available.

3111 Benton St - Google Maps

Directions to the venue are:

From Palo Alto (or mid peninsula)

  • Take US-101 S toward San Jose
  • Take exit 392 for San Tomas Expy
  • Turn right onto San Tomas Expy
  • Turn right onto Benton St

Destination will be on the right.


From the East Bay

  • Take I-880 S toward San Jose
  • Take exit 7 for Montague Expwy W
  • Merge onto Montague Expy (Montague becomes San Tomas)
  • Continue onto San Tomas Expy
  • Turn right onto Benton St

Destination will be on the right.


You should bring a highlighter, pencils, a blue or black pen, a pocket calculator and a photo ID. If you are upgrading, please bring copies that we can keep for forwarding of; your current license, any CSCE’s or other documentation that you have. Bring any documents that you have, including expired licenses, etc. We sometimes need them to establish dates.

This is a cram style session, we have found that it works best if you do NOT study any of the material prior to the session, rest well and have a light breakfast and come prepared to study.

Lunch is available at shopping areas a short distance away, or bring a sack lunch. We will have coffee, tea hot water and hot chocolate available.

CONTACT: Ross Peterson, 650-349-5349

E-MAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred method)


Study and Test Schedule
8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 9:00 Orientation
9:00 - 9:45 Study
9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 10:45 Study
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:45 Study
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 1:45 Study
1:45 - 2:00 Break
2:00 - 2:45 Study
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:45 Study
3:45 - 4:00 Break
4:00 - 5:00(?) Testing

73, Ross Peterson WB6ZBU