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Radio Days are Back:
Ham Radio Licenses at an all time
Fox News Article and video. 11-22-2011
WHAT IS HAM
RADIO/AMATEUR RADIO AND HOW DO I START?
How to Get Started in Ham Radio
in the U.S. (keep reading)
Federal Communications Commission, established amateur radio as
a voluntary, non-commercial, radio communications service. It allows
licensed radio operators to improve their communications and technical
skills, while providing the nation with a pool of trained radio operators
and technicians who can provide essential communications during emergencies.
radio/Amateur radio has something fun for everyone. Ham Radio is well
known as a most important communications backup for our Federal
Government in times of emergency. If you have ever heard severe weather
reports from "trained spotters" on a TV or radio station weather alert,
hams are usually those trained spotters sometimes risking their
lives to help warn the public of dangerous weather ahead. They are not
paid for this service! NOAA weather stations usually have ham radio
operators and equipment on board at you local weather station to
monitor the "spotter ham radio frequencies" so they can get the severe
weather reports out to the public much faster. Many "eyes" on the ground
are much better than radar in many cases and licensed "hams"
volunteer their time, equipment and expert techniques to provide this
service to their community and surrounding
will tell you that the weather radar is limited in the outer areas of the
radar coverage, so this is where real eyes on the ground, trained
spotters, can save lives by reporting back to the weather service
office via ham radio, not cell phones which may be dead, about severe
weather that may be heading your way...far in advance of the actual radar
picking up the bad weather!
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
Amateur Radio operators are
people from all walks of life--no matter what age, gender or physical
ability. Did you know that most of the NASA astronauts are Amateur
Radio Operators? You're never too young or old. There is no age
requirement! And, getting started in Amateur Radio has never been
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
Radio Operator License Classes:
In the U.S., there are
3 license levels, or "license classes." These licenses are granted by the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
You don't buy a ham radio
license, you earn it by study and passing the license
Technician Class - The First level of Ham radio
The Technician class license is designed for beginning
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
Technician class operators now have 10 meter voice
plus CW only on 80, 40, 15 and 10
It authorizes you ALL ham radio privileges above 30
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.
Imagine the thrill of talking to the
astronauts, many of whom are licensed "ham radio operators", aboard the
Space Station, talking directly to ham radio satellites in space
that relay your signals to earth far beyond your horizon, or just around
the block or around the world using your own licensed station and
equipment! Using the computer and Ham radio, you can "talk" using your
voice or the keyboard to ham friends or make new ones literally
around the world using less power than a 100 watt light bulb!
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. Exam testing is
usually given in or near your local area by ham radio operators that want
you to pass the test!
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
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
pertaining to amateur radio and very basic electrical and
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
Extra Class Ham License
highest level of Ham license is called Extra Class.
You get all the Ham
bands and all the authorized Ham radio
Learn more about the study
In order to advance up the ladder to General Class and then
Extra if you want the highest license class, you first take the Technician
exam, then the General and last the Extra class.You do not have to advance
if you are happy with staying with the Technician class but most Ham radio
operators go for the more popular General class after passing the
Technician and getting a bit of experience. The General class authorizes
ALL ham radio bands and modes. Some people even take all three exams in
one sitting! The tests have to be taken in order. You can't skip a
You already have by reading this far!
Your already on your way!
The American Radio Relay
League (ARRL) publishes excellent ham radio license study guides for all
classes of ham licenses to help you learn the things you'll need to pass
your exam and have fun with Amateur Radio.
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 Technician Class study guide below opens the door to
ham radio and is all you need to study to pass the first
(The ARRL Ham Radio
Get it Here! New Arrl Ham Radio License Manual
contains everything you will need to study to pass your Technician
New Latest November Revised 2nd Edition with Practice
Book and CD-ROM. All you need to become
an Amateur Radio Operator!
This book includes the ARRL Exam Review
(requires Microsoft Windows).
Use it with your book to
review the study material.
Take randomly-generated practice exams using
questions from the actual examination question pool.
You won't have any
surprises on exam day!
The ARRL Ham Radio License
Manual is the most popular introduction into the world of Amateur
Discover the excitement of ham radio. The Amateur Radio
Service offers a unique mix of public service, technology and
experimenting with electronics--all with an emphasis on fun. Some hams use
their skills to provide communications during emergencies and disasters
when all else fails. Others enjoy talking to people across the country and
around the globe, participating in local contests and building
experiments. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual will guide you as you get
started in the hobby--as you select your equipment, set-up your first
station and make your first contact.
Use this book to study for
your first license exam-you'll be on the air in no time! Every page
presents information you will need to pass the exam and become an
effective operator. You'll cover small sections at a time:
to Amateur Radio
Radio and Electronics Fundamentals
Communicating with Other Hams
At the end
of the book, you'll find the entire Technician Question Pool--so you can
be sure you're ready at exam time. You'll turn to it again and again as
you are getting started!
YOU CAN DO IT!
700,000 plus hams in the U.S. did and so can you!
forget a few million hams in other countries
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