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  • Writer's pictureShanan Mohatt

How to obtain a ham radio license?

Obtaining a ham radio license involves several steps, as follows:

  1. Choose a license class: There are three levels of ham radio licenses issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States, including Technician, General, and Extra. You should choose the license class that suits your interest and skill level.

  2. Study for the exam: The next step is to study for the exam. You can obtain study materials, such as books or online courses, from a variety of sources, including the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and Ham Radio Prep.

  3. Find a testing location: You can find a testing location near you by contacting the local ham radio club or checking the ARRL website. You can take the exam in person or online.

  4. Take the exam: The exam consists of multiple-choice questions covering various topics, such as regulations, operating practices, and basic electronics. You must pass the exam with a minimum score of 74% to obtain a license.

  5. Submit your application: Once you pass the exam, you will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam (CSCE). You can then submit an application to the FCC, along with the CSCE and the required fee, to obtain your license.

  6. Obtain your license: After the FCC approves your application, you will receive your license in the mail. You can then start using your ham radio and communicating with other operators. Remember to renew your license every 10 years to stay active.

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