Updated December 6, 2023
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.
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Remote License Exams
Allan Batteiger, WB5QNG, offers remote online and in-person exams through W5YI.
Please visit https://wb5qng.org/ for detailed information about registration and payment options.
First Time Testing?
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 click on “Register.”
You will need a valid email address to apply.
You can find a handy tutorial here: https://www.fcc.gov/rofrn
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
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