OGDEN’S-Origins

The FCC First Class Radio Telephony (First Phone)  examination was a very difficult test and required many hours of study to pass. The William B. Ogden Radio Operational School (ROES)  was established in 1946 in Burbank, CA. offering a standard course of study lasting over a period of several months. 

 However, at the request of broadcasters,  and to meet the high demand for first class licensed operators, owner Bill Ogden  converted  his standard course  in 1949 to a  concentrated course  (cram course) of 6- 8 weeks,  12-16 hours a day, seven days a week. 

 

 Bill was the main instructor, his wife Tally and her sister Thora ran the office and Major (the collie) offered encouragement. 

In 1966 the school moved to Huntington Beach, CA with the first class being held in the summer of that year.  The school continued to operate until 1973 or 1974 when the FCC deregulated license requirements and Bill announced his retirement. 

If you are an Ogden grad, please read and sign our guestbook and relive those memorable days at the William B. Ogden Radio Engineering School.