Getting Started in Amateur Radio!
Here's your invitation to a high-tech hobby that's got something fun for everyone. Amateur Radio operators are people from all walks of life--no matter what age, gender or physical ability. And, getting started in Amateur Radio has never been easier!
The rules for earning an Amateur Radio license vary depending on which country you live in. In the US, there are 3 license levels, or "license classes." These licenses are granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).The entry-level, FCC Technician License exam covers basic regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Morse code is not required for this license. With a Technician Class license, you will have all ham radio privileges above 30 MHz. 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. Technicians may operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes. You can even make international radio contacts via satellites, using relatively simple station equipment.
Technician licensees now also have additional privileges on certain HF frequencies. Technicians may also operate on the 80, 40 and 15 meter bands using CW, and on the 10 meter band using CW, voice and digital modes.
Exam Requirement: 35-question Technician Written Exam (Element 2).
Privileges: All VHF/UHF Amateur bands (frequencies above 30 MHz). Limited operations in certain HF bands.
FCC Exam will be given by local Volunteer Examiner group at your convenience.
Recommended study guide: http://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/Other Study Resources:
- Gordon West Technician Class Book available at Amazon.
- American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
- Practice Exams at QRZ.com
- Ham Radio Exam Courses at HamTestOnline.
- Online Study
Resource at Hamstudy.org.
Ken Treffinger, K4RSQ
Sarasota Amateur Radio Association