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. For more information on ham radio,
see Hello Radio
Radio Relay League (ARRL).
great source for
youth who want to get their license is
"Kid Friendly" Technician License Exam site.
This site offers several ways to approach studying and
can be benefiicial even for "Old Timers".
Many Amateur Radio Clubs
periodically offer classes to help you learn the
material needed to pass the written exam required for
the Technician class license. They also have
groups of Volunteer Examiners (VE's) that administer the
tests on a regular basis and at special events.
Most, if not all, hamfests (a gathering of Amateur Radio
enthusiasts that usually includes buying and selling of
used equipment and even vendors of new equipment) offer
examination sessions for all classes of the Amateur
The Athens Radio Club
offers Amateur Radio exams in the even months of the
year (February, April, etc.) one hour prior to the club
meeting at the same location as the meeting. It is
recommended that you obtain a Federal Communications
Commission's (FCC) FCC Registration Number (FRN) before
coming the the exam session as that will speed the
processing of your license and you will be e-mailed a
link to print your license as soon as it's accepted by
the FCC. You can make
application at the FCC's website.
and bring a picture ID and copy of your current license
or previous certificate of completion from a test for
which you haven't yet received a license
if you are upgrading, or your FRN, if obtained, for a new
license. The current cost of the exam
is $15 (please bring exact change).
When license training is
to be offered, information will be posted on the main
page of the club's website. There are websites
that offer practice exams. While not endorsing any
particular site, here are a couple that you can try:
If you have further
questions please email
Athens Radio Club
or VE Test Coordinator,
information on getting on the air, go to our
Getting Started page
for additional information and links.