Getting Started

First of all, Welcome to Amateur Radio

About 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! You can usually find a ham radio class in your area sponsored by friendly volunteers who will help you learn the ropes.

The rules for earning an Amateur Radio license vary depending on which country you live in.  In the US, there are a few license levels, or "license classes."  These licenses are granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Beginner Licenses

The most popular license for beginners is the Technician Class license, and gives you all ham radio privileges above 30 Megahertz (MHz).  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.  They can even make international radio contacts via satellites, using relatively simple equipment.  To earn a Technician license, you'll need to pass the Technician written exams.  These are multiple-choice tests, written with beginners in mind.  You'll study topics such as radio operating practices, FCC rules and basic electrical theory.

Where Do I Start?

Getting started in Amateur Radio has never been easier.  First, locate a radio club in your area.  Some radio clubs offer ham radio licensing classes, or they can find a club volunteer to answer your questions.  You may even be invited to attend a local
radio club meeting.  

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) publishes popular ham radio license study guides to help you learn the things you'll need to pass your exam and have fun with Amateur Radio.

The Amateur Radio license examinations are administered by ham radio volunteers.  When you're ready to take your exam, you'll need to locate an exam session near you.  Contact Rick  K7ET for more information about examinations in the Fallon Nevada area.

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