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Why Get Licensed?

Amateur Radio enthusiasts know that there’s a lot of knowledge and training that go into being a successful Amateur Radio operators (hams). Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed. The rules for earning an Amateur Radio license vary depending on which country you live in. You need to know the rules to operate legally. You also need to know how to operate safely and you’ll need some knowledge and training to operate successfully. Getting licensed is a long standing tradition for hams. US licenses are good for 10 years before renewal, and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government.

Amateur Radio is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the Communications Act of 1934. It is also subject to numerous international agreements. All Amateur Radio operators must be licensed. In the US there are three license classes—Technician, General and Extra. Each successive level of license comes with an expansion of privileges. With only 3 License Classes, getting started in Amateur radio has never been easier!

How Do I Get Licensed?

Getting licensed is a lot easier than you may think. There are many resources that can make this easier along with many other hams that would love to help you out. In many areas there are Ham Clubs that hold the tests and sometimes classes for the beginner and prepping for a test of all levels. Online material is the easiest and most convenient way of prepping for an exam. These online resources mainly consist of basic information, practice tests and flash cards.

The Technician Exam consists of 35 questions pulled form a question pool of 300. If you can score a consistently passing grade on the practice tests there is no reason you would not pass and be granted your own FCC Call Sign.

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