Some people think that getting a amateur radio license requires learning Morse code. Well they're wrong. The FCC dropped code in 2007. It’s so easy that a 6 year old got their license. So let’s get started
Step 1 Learning Materials
You need to learn the ways of ham radio. There are many ways to learn it there is the book way I highly suggest arrls book but there is ham test online here is the link.
There is also classes you can take now if you can take one do it it will help you will still have to buy a book at the end of the class there is a test to find classes go to.
There’s also YouTube if you don’t understands topic.
I did not make this video but I think it helps.
Step 2 Studying
Okay you have red the book now or took the cores now you need to study now there is many ways to do that but the best way to study is to take a practice test. There are many web sites you can use here is a couple.
There are many more web sites that you can find. There are also apps for on the go one for IOS is ham radio exam tech
I used the app a lot. Any time I had free time I was taking practice test. You can't miss more than 9 or you fail. Keep studying and taking the practice test in till your consistently over 80% every time.
Step 3 Taking The Exam
Okay so you have learned the material and studied and passing the test consistently with 80% or above you're ready to take the exam. Usually your local club have a monthly exam but there is also ham fest were you can take it. To find a testing area near you use:
You will need money for a small fee its usaly $15 dollars and you also will need social security number for the government and also some type of identification device like drivers licenses. You can also bring in a calculator but most of the math questions are really easy. If you pass which you will since you used this article to help, you have a chance to take the next exam for free. Now I do suggest taking that to see the test and be able to know what it looks like I didn’t so it’s a option. If you fail you can take the test over the same day you just have to pay another $15.
Step 4 Waiting Period
There is a waiting period that you have to wait until you get your call sign. It is the government so it takes about a week. You can check to see if your name is in the database with a call sign at
http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchLicense.js change call sign in to name)
You also need to know the phonetic alphabet but it’s not required.
Step 5 Choosing A Radio
Okay you got your license and you want to get a radio. well there are many different types of radios do you want one that sits on you desk or one that fits in your car or do you want a hand held or you’re in to the hobby and want to talk long distance a hf rig.
hand held radio
mobile car mount radio
Now a thing to consider is that you also have to make or buy a antenna for them if you get a hf rig its going to need a big antenna if you get a 2meter rig (vhf and uhf) they don’t require as big as antenna. You also got to look in to that where you live let you to put antennas up. You can put antennas in your house but they don't work as well as on you roof for beginners I suggest getting a 2 meter 440 cm rig it can be a handheld or a desk radio and could be mounted in your car.
Step 6 Transmitting
Okay you got you license you got your radio now you want to transmit well 2 meters can only go 4 or so miles so clubs put these things called repeater they relay what you saying at a higher output rating than you. Now you could talk to a guy 20 miles away if the club has a good repeater. so now you want to make your first contact so let me tell you how its done.
First make sure the repeater frequencies are set up right in your radio and no one is talking also make sure you have antenna on your radio if you don’t it can hurt the transmitting transistors. The antenna acts like a resistor
Again this is not me that made this video
Step 7 Enjoy Your License
Congatulation on your license. This hobby is almost as cool as rc planes. If this helped you get your licence please let me know in the comments. I read all of them I will respond to any questions you have about the hobby If your already a ham radio operator let me know your call sign. I hope to catch you guys on the air some day so 73s and enjoy your license.
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