How to Become an Amateur Radio Operator

     
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 and/or the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). 

A 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 Radio license.

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.  Be sure 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:   e-ham and hamstudy.org.

If you have further questions please email  Athens Radio Club or VE Test Coordinator,  KF4AQO .

For information on getting on the air, go to our Getting Started page for additional information and links.

   
       

Revised 4/11/2017