The Amateur Extra license is the highest class of Amateur radio license given out by the FCC. In order to qualify for this license, you will either have to upgrade your license from the General class license by passing a timed 50 question multiple-choice test concentrating on advanced radio theory, electronics design, and High Frequency radio operations or you will need to take and pass the 35 question Technician’s license test and the 35 question General class license test before taking the 50 question advanced test. After you pass the Extra Read the rest of this entry »
The General Class amateur radio license is the intermediate grade of license granted by the FCC for passing Elements 2 and 3 of their written exams. On air operating privileges for the General Class ham cover the bulk of available frequencies with only a few minor segments reserved for Extra Class license holders.
General have full operating privileges on the entire 160, 30, 17, 12 and 10 meter amateur radio bands and all but small 25 kHz segments on the 80, 40, 20 and 15 meter bands. These exceptions are an incentive to upgrade from the General Class license and provide access to exclusive CW, SSB and Read the rest of this entry »
Amateur, or Ham Radio, is a hobby that is enjoyed by enthusiasts around the world. To be involved in amateur radio, one has to have a license. Coordinated worldwide by the International Telecommunications Union, amateur radio is governed by individual countries. Licensing, technical and operational issues and call signs are regulated by the operator’s home country. Those that want to become ham radio operators have to study the basics of electronics and the nation’s telecommunications regulations in regards to radio operations. Then to get a license, one has to pass a test.
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There have been several changes in amateur radio license requirements over the years, and at one time all license levels required some proficiency in Morse code. In the United States, none of the three levels of amateur radio license requires a Morse code test. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which licenses hams in the United States, dropped the Morse code requirements in 2007 in order to comply with International Telecommunication Union radio regulations. After the Morse code requirements were Read the rest of this entry »
The technician radio license is the entry level license for amateur radio operators, known as ham radio operators. In order to obtain the license an applicant must pass an exam administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which includes operating practices, electronic theory focusing on UHF and VHF applications, and basic regulations. Once the exam is completed certain privileges will be afforded the technician radio operator.
The licensed technician is allowed to operate radio rated above 30 MHz. The very popular two meter band is also included Read the rest of this entry »
If a person is thinking about getting into the amateur ham radio hobby, then it is helpful to research a bit on the equipment needed to start with. Sometimes, a good starting point is to acquire a short wave radio receiver. With this inexpensive start, a person can listen in on a variety of ham radio frequencies. This will give insight into the communications that are ongoing in the ham radio community. Going to the next level requires more Read the rest of this entry »
People are required to take the amateur ham radio exam if they never possessed a ham license, their license has expired past the grace period, if they have a pre-1987 technician license or have a license from another country.
Online test sites should offer exams for several classes of operation. They should offer Technician, Technician Plus, General, Advance and Extra. Each class carries different privileges to perform certain tasks. The Technician license is the one used Read the rest of this entry »