wikiHow to Get an Amateur Radio License in the US

Amateur Radio is a hobby that is enjoyed by millions of "hams" worldwide. Getting an Amateur Radio license in the US is as easy as getting a driver's license; Morse Code is no longer required. "Hams" enjoy communicating with each other using various types of radio signals, like voice, digital modes with computers, and even Morse code.

Steps

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    Get a study manual out of your library. Some popular ones are The Ham Radio License Manual by the ARRL and Technician Class by Gordon West.
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    Use the study method recommended at the front of the book to study for the 35-question FCC exam.
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    Use the exam search feature on the ARRL website to locate an upcoming exam session. The exam fee is currently $15 for many locations, but depending on your location, it may be free. Check the information on the ARRL website for further details. You will also need your Social Security Number.
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    Take the exam. If you don't pass, don't worry; you can take it again soon, if not at that very session!
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    Find a local radio club. Members can answer questions, and sometimes even lend you a radio to start out with.

Tips

  • Take an online practice exam such as the one at aa9pw.com.

Warnings

  • Do not transmit on designated Amateur Radio frequencies without a license. This is a violation of federal law, and the FCC will track you down.

Things You'll Need

  • A good study guide

Sources and Citations

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