Ham Cram Weekend

HamCram Weekend

Our HamCram weekend is a great way to become licensed in this great hobby. We run Ham Cram weekends two to three times per year. There's a great chance the next one is right around the corner!

The Ham Cram weekend is an intensive two-day long course covering everything needed in order to become a licensed Amateur Radio Operator.

We are very experienced in running the course and have a very high pass rate. This is a great way to join the hobby.

How much does it cost?

The total cost is $150, including your deposit. We require you to prepay a $50 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place. Our courses are in high demand and we have had situations in the past where no-shows have prevented keen people from attending.

Optionally you may choose to pay $50.00 for the study guide. The guide is required, but you might prefer printing it yourself.

The fee includes all costs associated with becoming a certified amateur operator in New Zealand:

  • A reserved seat on the two-day block course.

  • Morning and afternoon tea on both days.

  • New Zealand General Amateur Operator’s Certificate.

  • Your ZL Callsign.

  • Your North Shore Amateur Radio Club membership fees waived for the current year*

  • New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters membership for one year.

  • While your club membership remains current you are entitled to unlimited examination re-tries until you are successful in passing the amateur examination.

  • Support and ongoing mentorship from your fellow members of the North Shore Amateur Radio Club.

  • Light refreshments at the conclusion of the course to celebrate your qualification.

*And next year, if you'd only end up with a month or two of membership.

Your certification is for a lifetime and there are no ongoing fees.

Financial members who have sat the course, but would like a refresher, are welcome to attend free of charge. Please keep in mind the course is for people aspiring to obtain their GAOC so we ask that you save your technical questions for the breaks or while they sit their exam. If you're interested in coming along, please confirm your place with the Training Coordinator.

For associate members, attending the course for the first time, we deduct the cost of a year's membership.