The Greene County Amateur Radio License Courses, jointly sponsored by the three Greene County amateur radio clubs (Bellbrook, Fairborn and Xenia) and Greene County ARES, will be held concurrently on Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM beginning February 10th and continuing through April 7th. A Greene County VE Test Session is scheduled for Sunday, April 14th at 6:00 PM.

The entry level Technician Class Course will be held in the Training Center at the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club Clubhouse, Room 1 (Lower Level), Sugarcreek Elementary School, 51 South East Street in Bellbrook (45305). No prior experience is required and there is no minimum age required to earn a Technician Class license. Morse Code no longer is required for any amateur radio license.

The General Class Course (and the Test Session) will be held in the Training Room at Beavercreek Township Fire Station 1 [Greene County Station 61] located at 2195 Dayton-Xenia Road just west of Orchard Lane & just north of US-35.

The Extra Class Course will be held in the Training Room at Fairborn Fire Station 2 located at 2200 Commerce Center Blvd just south of Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd (just east of I-675).

Students in the Greene County license courses are encouraged to attend as many class sessions as possible but are not required to attend all sessions in the event of schedule conflicts.

Detailed directions to the respective sites will be provided to students upon request.

There is no charge for the courses or for the test session but all students are encouraged to have a copy of the respective ARRL License Manual. Please see note below about purchasing options for a license manual-now also available in Kindle e-book format for computers and mobile devices.

Please pass this information along to anyone you know who might be interested in preparing for an amateur radio license. Also, all current Technician Class hams are encouraged to consider upgrading to General Class and the Greene County General Class Course provides an ideal opportunity.

To register for one of the courses or for more information, please contact Henry Ruminski W8HJR by email at or by phone (between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM) at (937) 232-9272 (leave message if no answer).

73, Henry Ruminski W8HJR

Coordinator, Greene County License Courses


1. ARRL License Manuals may be ordered at the first class session for a
special discounted price of $25. Payment is due at time of order. License Manuals usually are available by the 2nd class session.

2. ARRL License Manuals also may be ordered directly from the ARRL
Bookstore in Connecticut for $29.95 plus shipping ( ); or from R&L Electronics in Hamilton, OH ( ) for $26.95 plus tax plus shipping (or pick up in person-call first to check stock-check R&L website for directions to store).

3. ARRL License Manuals for the respective class of license might be
available at local book stores (make sure it is the current edition). Price may vary. List price of ARRL License Manuals is $29.95.

Make sure you are purchasing a current edition:

-- Technician Class License Manual must be good for exams taken between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2022

-- General Class License Manual must be good for exams taken between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2019

-- Extra Class License Manual must be good for exams taken between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2020

NEW: ARRL License Manuals also are now available from ARRL and Amazon as Kindle e-books for computers and mobile devices.

4. For questions about purchasing license manuals, email Fred Stone at