Video: Tips to Get Your HAM Radio License. If you are willing to study and learn a few rules you can have your license in a few hours.
A lot of people talk about wanting to get their license to use a HAM radio system but end up never doing it. Ask most people why they don’t just go for it, the excuse is they don’t want to fail the test. Others will say that it is a hassle and a lot of paperwork to get licensed. The truth is: they are both just excuses. The test is not difficult and almost all the steps taken to get licensed are done online!
Becoming an Amateur radio operator was surprisingly easy, even if you do not consider yourself good at science. The rules to pass the test can be found at www.hamelmer.com. Print them out at least a week before class and take a look at the general questions. If you can spend a few hours looking through the materials ahead of time it does help. The volunteer instructor training was free, and the official FCC licensing test cost $14.
After you pass the HAM Radio test
Unfortunately, you may have passed the test but you will not feel comfortable talking with others without practice.
- Find a local amateur radio club in your area to learn the ropes. They offer free classes to help you get started and you will meet tons of like-minded people. They are as interested in preparedness as you are.
- Find the AARL study guides and learning videos and take an online course if I want to review the rules or move to General Class.
- Practice, practice, practice. Your local club should have monthly or weekly testing sessions where you can practice, prepare and participate in ongoing training and exercises.
You may find that it is easier if you ask another amateur radio operator to take you under their wing. Don’t know anyone? Go online and search for “FCC registered amateur radio licenses” – your city, state. I found around one hundred people who are licensed in the surrounding areas of my little town.
Get your equipment. You may find that starting out with a simple handheld radio, purchased for under $50 is the best way to begin. While you can spend thousands on your new “hobby” if you wish, get your feet wet with something that you can easily use and upgrade later.