Become a Ham

Updated March 1, 2019

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.

An excellent way to become a licensed ham radio operator is to attend a training class. Allan Batteiger, WB5QNG, has trained numerous hams in North Texas and beyond. For more information about Allan’s next class, please visit www.wb5qng.org.

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 follow the instructions.

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/

Although it’s quite enjoyable, knowledge of Morse Code (CW) is not required to obtain a license.