How can you become a Radio Amateur?

Anyone can become a radio amateur, at any age, as long as they are not a representative of a foreign government. To obtain a license you must pass a written examination. For some levels of license you must also pass a test proving your proficiency in using the Morse Code. Examinations are given frequently in many locations. A New England exam list is published monthly giving the location and time of each exam.

A good way to begin studying for the examination is to get the book called Now Your Talking, All You Need to Get Your First Ham License. To find information on this book just click on the License Study Materials line at the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in Newington, CT. This book will fill you in on all the information needed to pass the exams and also includes the pool of actual questions which will appear on the exam. You should also contact a local ham to act as your "Elmer" . An "Elmer" is ham lingo for "mentor". This is a person who can answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. If you know of no local hams, send me an email and I'll be happy to help you find one.

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