Welcome to my site for all of your amateur radio testing needs. I share how to study for your amateur radio license and I can even set up a test for you to test your amateur radio license test.

Get Licensed

Do you want to jump in head first? You can follow the easy steps below.

How to get licensed I want to take my test I passed! Now what?

Renew Your License

Already licensed and just need to renew? Yes, it's a confusing process, but hopefully this information can help.

How do I renew my license?

What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur radio (or ham radio) is a service provided by the FCC to allow those that pass the tests to be able to use a set of allocated frequencies for the use of communication, experimentation, emergency management, and fun. Part 97 of the Code of Federal Regulation states:

The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:

(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.

(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.

(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art.

(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.

(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill.

Via https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-47/chapter-I/subchapter-D/part-97

What can I do with a license?

Amateur Radio is a hobby of many hobbies. Some enjoy the communication aspects. Some enjoy the experimentation or building aspects. Others like to help with events and disaster planning and helping in disasters. There is no way to list all things you can do with a license, but here are a few of the popular things:

  • Helping with events (marathons, local events, races, rides, etc)
  • Nets (HF and VHF/UHF)
  • Disaster planning and helping in disasters
  • Satellite contacts
  • Bounce signals off the moon
  • Parks on the Air (POTA)
  • Summits on the Air (SOTA)
  • DX Expeditions (both hunting and going there)
  • Experimentation
  • Software development
  • Electronics
  • Repeaters
  • Networking (repeaters, AREDN, etc)
  • and so much more…
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