About Amateur Radio
You want to become a Ham!
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
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.
The American Radio Relay League --
Helping Hams Get Started Since 1914.