What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.


You can set up a ham radio station anywhere; in a field, in your car or at home.


Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies allocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by ham radio operators.


In order to get an amateur license, you must first pass a test that is administered by amateur radio operators.


In the United States, there are three Amateur Radio license classes.


Technician Class License

General Class License

Amateur Extra Class License


You can not become an Amateur Extra Class license holder before obtaining your General Class license and you can not get your General Class license before becoming a Technician.


Each class of license does grant additional privileges however, each license exam also becomes more intensive.


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