Ok, so how do I get licensed? What do I do? Where do I start?

Before I tell you what study material you need to get, lets talk about the different class licenses.

Right now, there are 3 class licenses.

  • Technician
  • General
  • Amateur Extra

The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators because it does not require a Morse code test. To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America.

The General class license grants some operating privileges on all Amateur Radio bands and all operating modes. This license opens the door to world-wide communications. Earning the General class license requires passing a 35 question examination. General class licensees must also have passed the Technician written examination.

The Amateur Extra class license conveys all available U.S. Amateur Radio operating privileges on all bands and all modes. Earning the license is more difficult; it requires passing a thorough 50 question examination. Extra class licensees must also have passed all previous license class written examinations.

So, Where do I start?

It's Easy to Get Started. The most popular license for beginners is the Technician Class license, which requires only a 35 multiple-choice question written examination. The test is written with the beginner in mind. Morse Code is not required for this license. With a Technician Class license, you will have all ham radio privileges above 30 megahertz (MHz). These privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Many Technician licensees enjoy using small (2 meter) hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area. Technicians may operate FM voice, IRLP, digital packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes. You can even make international radio contacts via satellites or IRLP, using relatively simple equipment.

Get your self the latest Technician Class handbook. The links where to get study material are at the bottom of this page. Read it cover to cover. These books have the same questions you will be asked in your exam. If you read this book twice, I guarantee you will be able to ace the test.

If you are having difficulty with anything or have any questions, remember, you can always contact us for help. We will be glad to help you out and explain anything to you.

After you get your Technician test, the rest is a walk in the park.

 

Study Material:

You can get Study Material from us. We carry the Gordon West books for all classes.  We usually have all the books in stock so you don't need to order anything.  You can call Bob Roszkowski (W5EVH) at 956-286-5150. 

Exam Locations and time:

Testing is done through Bob Roszkowski and his VE team of examiners administrating the W5YI tests.  When you are ready, just give us a call and we will setup a time for you to take your test.  We usually hold our testing sessions at the Laredo Public Library located off of McPherson road across from Chick-fil-a and Jack In The Box.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the VE team at 956-286-5150.