Want to be a Ham?

 

Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. US licenses are good for 10 years before renewal and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government. In the US there are three license classes—Technician, General and Extra. 

 

The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America. It also allows for some limited privileges on the HF (also called "short wave") bands used for international communications. 

 

Technician Class License

 

The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual will guide you as you get started in the hobby–as you select your equipment, set-up your first station and make your first contact.  You can use this book to study for your license exam. Every page presents information you will need to pass the exam and become an effective operator.

http://www.arrl.org/shop/Ham-Radio-License-Manual-3rd-Edition/

 

There are several resources for the exam question pool for the Technician exam.  One is the ARRL's Tech Q & A.  This is an authoritative guide to every question in the Technician Class question pool. http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-s-Tech-Q-and-A-6th-Edition

 

You can download the entire question pool here:  http://www.arrl.org/tech-question-pool   There is a site that will give you an on-line practice test made up of a random selection of questions from the pool.  This is a great place to build your confidence prior to taking the test: http://arrlexamreview.appspot.com/

 

Where to Find a Testing Session

Amateur radio license exams are given by FCC licensed amateurs who enroll with a Volunteer Examiner group.  You can locate scheduled exam sessions in your area by using the search page here: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session

 

Want to talk to a real person? 

Scott ARES members will be glad to help you through any areas that just don’t seem clear.  You can get some help by sending an email to: licenseinfo@scottares.org 

 

We have a weekly training net on 146.535 (S) Monday evenings at 7:00 pm.  An informal monthly breakfast is the first Saturday at Savage MN Perkins Restaurant beginning around 7:30 am.  Everyone is welcome!

 

General Class License

 

General License Manual

The General Class license is the second of three US Amateur Radio licenses. To upgrade to General Class, you must already hold a Technician Class license (or have recently passed the Technician license exam). Upgrading to a General license--which conveys extensive HF privileges—only requires passing a written examination. Once you do, the entire range of operating modes and the majority of the amateur spectrum below 30 MHz become available to you. 

http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-General-Class-License-Manual-8th-Edition/  

 

Use this book to study for your General Class license exam. Every page presents information you will need to pass the exam and become an effective operator. You'll cover small sections at a time:

  • Procedures and Practices

  • Rules and Regulations

  • Components and Circuits

  • Radio Signals and Equipment

  • Digital Modes

  • Antennas

  • Propagation

  • Electrical and RF Safety

 

General Q&A Study Guide

This fourth edition of ARRL's General Q & A is your authoritative guide to every question in the General (Element 3) question pool--everything you need to pass your General Class Amateur Radio license exam!

http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-s-General-Q-and-A-5th-Edition/ 

Upgrade and enjoy more frequency privileges today!

  • Pass the 35-question (Element 3) test

  • Includes the latest question pool with answer key (for use July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019)

  • Brief, clear explanations for all questions

 

Extra Class License

 

Extra Class License Manual

Extra Class is the highest of all three Amateur Radio licenses!  The Extra Class License is your ticket to every privilege granted to Amateur Radio Operators. Expert instruction will lead you through all of the knowledge you need to pass the exam: rules, specific operating skills and more advanced electronics theory. As an Extra Class licensee, you will have full privileges on all frequencies authorized by the FCC for Amateur Radio. To upgrade to Extra Class you must already hold a General Class license (or have recently passed all of the exams required for a General Class license). Upgrading to an Extra license only requires passing a written examination.

 

Use this book to study for your Extra Class (Element 4) license exam. http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-Extra-Class-License-Manual-10th-Edition/ 

Every page presents information you will need to pass the exam and become an effective operator. For study purposes, information is presented in small sections:

  • Operating Practices

  • Rules and Regulations

  • Electrical Principles

  • Components and Building Blocks

  • Electronic Circuits

  • Radio Signals and Measurements

  • Radio Modes and Equipment

  • Antennas and Feed Lines

  • Topics in Radio Propagation

  • Safety

 

Extra Class Q & A Study Guide

Upgrade to an Extra Class Ham Radio License NOW! It's Quick and Easy with this study guide and the convenient question and answer format.

This third edition of ARRL's Extra Q & A is your authoritative guide to every question in the Extra (Element 4) question pool--everything you need to pass the top-level Amateur Radio license exam! With more than 700 questions included in the question pool, using ARRL's Extra Q & A is the best way to review for the exam with confidence. http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-s-Extra-Q-and-A-3rd-Edition/

  • Pass the 50-question (Element 4) test

  • Includes the latest question pool with answer key (for use through June 30, 2016)

  • Read and understand. Brief explanations follow each question. 

 

 

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