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There are 3 levels of licenses currently available: Technician, General and Amateur Extra. Getting your license is proof that have earned the knowledge to responsibly operate your ham radio. Once you get your license, your license is good for 10 years.
Whether you’re interested in the hobby, emergency communications, or disaster prepping, we have designed our course to teach you the essentials and make sure you get licensed. It’s never been easier!
The FCC is the government agency that makes the rules of ham radio, rules that you need to follow to make sure you use ham radio responsibly and don't interfere with military or commercial signals.
While there are many reasons to use ham radio, or amateur radio (emergency, hobby, independent communication), the FCC states that the purpose of the Amateur Radio Service is advancing skills in the technical and communication phases of the radio art. When you’re taking the test, the key word here is art - amateur radio is both a practical skill and an art too!
Once you pass the technician exam in-person, you will be assigned a Call Sign - that is the basic code you use to identify yourself. The FCC says that when identifying your station with your call sign, it is encouraged to use a phonetic alphabet. Instead of just saying the letter “A”, for example, you could say “Alpha.” This just makes it easier for the other station to understand your call sign without mistakes. Remember, this isn't required - but it can be a big help.
Let’s start with one of the basics of station operation - calling another station. To call another station if you know the station’s call sign, you say the station's call sign, then identify with your call sign.
Example: whisky-three-tango-alpha-bravo (W3TAB) this is kilo-one-foxtrot-delta-romeo (K1FDR), go ahead!
Calling CQ means calling any station. This is a great way to make your first contact once you get your license!