How to Get Started in Amateur Radio

Amateur radio also known as Ham radio is a powerful wireless communications medium that has been around since 1901. In the decades since the equipment used for amateur radio has developed along with commercial radio hardware. The creation of the transistor in the late 1950s helped lower the cost of Ham radios which allowed them to become more widely available. Other significant advancements include the creation of repeater networks and the integration of microprocessors into radio equipment.


Many Ham operators use their radios in place of cell phones and land based telephone services. This allows them to save a considerable amount of money on their communication costs.

There are three classes of amateur radio licenses; from lowest to highest they are Technician, General and Extra. The higher the license the greater the frequency privileges you receive. Before you can receive the General or Extra class licenses you have to pass the Technician test. The tests have to be passed in order because you can’t skip licenses...

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Good overview that may get some new people interested in the Ham Radio Group, to talk to others interested in ham radio, and some already licensed hams.

Good article James, is it true you do not require to pass a morse code test now? Where could I see the requirements to be a Ham Radio operator?

Correct code is no longer required . You could go to the FCC website and in the search enter requirements for amateur operator license. 

I have my Technician License and an studing for my General License. For any one interested in Ham Radio, just Google "Ham Radio" and you will get a lot of info.

Here is an Antenna Selection Tool for amateur ham radio operators
https://amateurradiostore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=8...

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