How to Get Started in Ham Radio in the U.S. (keep reading)
When "hams" are not participating in emergency communications, they enjoy just listening and talking to other licensed "hams" nearby and worldwide along with experimenting with radio communications of all types. To become part of this, you must show to the Federal Government that you have the training and skills by passing an exam to get licensed. You don't have to volunteer as a trained spotter like many hams do, but if you want to give back to your community, you would be welcomed to join the ranks of weather spotters.
Now, you no longer have to learn Morse Code to get your first Ham Radio License, the Technician Class license, as in years past! Just pass a 35 question multiple choice written exam given by volunteer Ham Radio Operators who want you to pass your exam and become one of them and you're on your way!
These licenses are granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The Technician class license is designed for beginning level hams.
This is where you will open the door and go inside to the exciting world of Ham Radio and learn more about Amateur Radio as you progress.
Technician class operators now have 10 meter voice privileges
plus CW only on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters!
It authorizes you ALL ham radio privileges above 30 Megahertz (MHz).
1500 watts of power and these privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Many Technician licensees enjoy using small 2-meter hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area or operating from just about any vehicle, boat, etc. Imagine sending live TV in realtime over the air or just still pictures over the air! Technician class Hams may operate FM voice, many digital modes including packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes. As a Technician class Ham Radio Operator, you can even make international radio contacts via Ham Radio satellites, and actually communicate directly to hams aboard the International Space Station (ISS) using relatively simple and inexpensive equipment.
Hams know how to do this! It's certainly not CB radio!
I'ts way beyond and out of this world excitement over radio!
Remember, you must be licensed by the Federal Communications commission, (the FCC) and in order to get a ham radio license, you must pass an exam to receive your license.
To earn a Technician Ham license, which is the entry level license, and will get you started and open the many "doors" awaiting you, you'll need to pass the Technician written exam. It is written with the beginner in mind. With a little study on your part and a passing grade behind you, you get your first ham radio license! The license is FREE and issued by the Federal Government with easy renewal after 10 years! You will get a call sign shortly after passing the exam that is issued by the FCC.
There are three classes of ham radio operators along with three multiple-choice exams. You don't need a background in Electronics although it does help for the higher classes of licenses. You'll study topics such as radio operating practices, FCC rules and regulations and very basic electrical and electronic theory.
Children do it all the time and so can you! Teens love it to when they get into it and off of the cell phone which by the way usually goes down in bad storms! But ham radio operators know how to bypass the cell phone system by using their own radio transmitter and equipment! You can do all of this with a Technician class license and lots more.Learn more about the study materials!
General Class Ham license - The second level and the most popular class of Ham license is the General Class. You get privileges on ALL Ham bands.Learn more about the study materials!
You get all the Ham bands and all the authorized Ham radio frequencies. Learn more about the study materials!
You already have by reading this far! Your already on your way!
Most licensed Ham Radio Operators have studied them to pass their exams. They are highly recommended and contain ALL of the study material needed to pass the exam including the exact questions and answers that will be on the exam!
The Technician Class study guide below opens the door to ham radio and is all you need to study to pass the first exam.