Amateur Radio – Hamcram

Do you want your amateur radio license but have limited time… then consider – HAMCRAM!

Study for the Amateur Radio License and pass the exam in ONE day!   Recieve your FCC call sign in about 7 days!

This portion of VARS website is dedicated to a learning strategy known as “Hamcram”  which has been used by thousands of people who have earned their amateur (“ham”) radio licenses in just ONE day.

The method was developed by John Portune, W6NBC, in 1995 to improve the percentage of people passing the amateur radio license exam. See John’s website for information on the design and results from this learning system.

This is not a class!!!  It is guided study: Six 45-minute periods spent reading sections of the FCC question pool, with hourly breaks and lunch.   The VARS will provide the study that you will use to prepare for the test.

This is the most efficient way to maximize attention span against study fatigue. In other words, we tell you how to study, keep you doing it in an organized way, and then give the test as soon as you are finished.

It is a proven “winning formula.” Short term memory is the “secret” of the high success rate.  All exam questions will be selected (according to a computerized formula) from the question pool you study during the session.

This is the biggest reason why 90% are easily able to recognize the correct answers immediately after reading the question pool thoroughly, leading to a high pass ratio on the exam. The only real requirement is a strong desire to get your ham license.

It has been found that the very young (less than 14) and those with learning disabilities will not do as well as other persons using this method. Gender is unimportant if a serious desire exists.

Because this system allows the individual to study at their own pace, it requires the individual be self-motivated.  The VARS hamcram team will be happy to discuss this further with you.

The study session begins at 8:00 or 8:30 AM. The exam on the material starts at 4:00 or 4:30 P.M. The exam is open to all students in the class, as well as anyone else wishing to take an exam without attending the study session.

No technical knowledge is required and we encourage students not to study in advance. No Morse code is no longer required to become a ham!

Note that the FCC requires us to collect either your Social Security Number or a Federal Registration Number with your license application.  Also please make sure to bring a photo ID and a check for $15 for the test.

For more information, use the contact page on this site.  Make sure to include your full name, address, email address, and best contact phone number.   See hamcram schedule posted on the home page.


Click below to download the Technician HamCram Study guides.

Technician Class Question Pool_2014-2018

Technician Class Element 2_2014-2018 Question Pool

Technician Class Element 2_2014-2018_ Correct Answers Only


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