Get Licensed!

For more than a century, amateur radio operators have been at the forefront of technology. Just about every innovation from television to cell phones, from robotics to satellites has had a “ham” involved in it’s development.

In fact the first radio stations were amateur radio stations. What began as messages sent in the binary language of the Morse Code has evolved into the most sophisticated telecommunication applications in use today, all of which are still being experimented with and improved upon by radio amateurs.

Beyond the tech side of the hobby, ham radio serves two primary purposes.

We are the people that emergency services turn to, “when all else fails”. Hams build communications networks that continue to function during weather emergencies and disaster situations. Amateurs often stand side by side with police and fire fighters, lead search and rescue teams, and stand watch when the skies darken and bad weather is on its way.

Perhaps the most rewarding dimension of the hobby is the friendships you will make. With a press of a microphone button, you can visit with others who share your passions, across the street or on the other side of the world. The QSL cards that we use to confirm contacts can become an introduction to deeper friendships, new horizons and connections in every corner of the globe.

There’s even a national organization for the promotion of amateur radio. It’s called The American Radio Relay League. The ARRL is the advocate organization for our hobby. It is also a place where you can find the materials you need to get licensed, learn about the latest advances in ham radio technology and participate in “Radiosport“, the contests where amateurs work to make new contacts and earn awards.

Amateur radio is about fellowship, teaching and learning, and passing on the great traditions of community service and innovation that have always been our hallmark. And it’s easy to join the family. Hams in your community are Volunteer Examiners , who can teach you what you need to know to earn your ticket, and give you the test to demonstrate your grasp. You’ll learn the fundamentals of electricity and radio frequency communications. You will review the rules and regulations that all radio amateurs follow. And you’ll become familiar with the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum where ham radio is practiced.

When your license arrives, you’ll have the knowledge and self confidence to dive into the hobby. From that point onward, you’ll get out of ham radio exactly what you put into it. It can be an occasional adventure our a fulfilling pastime that you can enjoy every day.

Amateur radio is as relevant and rewarding today as it was when the first explorers connected power to their spark gap transmitters at the dawn of the last century. Whatever you ability, there is a place for you in the hobby. From that point on, the sky is the limit!