Become a Ham
Updated April 19, 2021
Amateur radio, often called Ham Radio is both a hobby and a public service. The word amateur does not mean that the individuals who participate in amateur radio are unskilled. It simply means that an amateur radio operator cannot use radio communications for commercial purposes or monetary gain.
To become an amateur radio operator in the United States, one must obtain a license by passing an examination. There are three classes of amateur radio licenses—each with their own examination requirements.
WB5QNG Offering Remote License Exams
Allan Batteiger, WB5QNG, is offering online exams through W5YI. Please visit https://wb5qng.org/ for detailed information.
First Time Testing?
1. You’ll need an FCC Registration Number (FRN) to sign in. Register now by going to the Commission Registration System (CORES), https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do and follow the instructions.
You can find a handy tutorial here: https://www.fcc.gov/rofrn
You will need a valid email address to apply.
2. If you are testing in person, please fill out and print an NCVEC form 605 https://www.wb5qng.org/index.php/ncvec-605-fillable-pdf
Do NOT sign the 605! It must be signed at the exam session!
You’ll find more information about amateur radio and the FCC licensing process here:
ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio
Licensing FAQ and training materials
W5YI Group https://www.w5yi.org/
ARRL License Exam Question Pools