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 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), and follow the instructions.

You can find a handy tutorial here:

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

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®


Licensing FAQ and training materials
W5YI Group

CW paddle
Although it’s quite enjoyable, knowledge of Morse Code (CW) is not required to obtain a license.
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Amateur Radio operator
Amateur Radio operator with AREDN node