Become an Amateur Radio Operator!
What is "Ham Radio?"
The ARRL has created a helpful site to introduce new or prospective hams to the history and overview of Amateur Radio. This site answers questions like the following:
For answers to these questions and more, visit the Hello Radio! page.
Interested in Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator?
Getting your first Amateur Radio license "ticket" is as simple as passing a 35 question multiple choice exam. Exams are given by volunteer examiners that are licensed Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) themselves at different locations throughout the year. There are several great free resources out on the Internet to help you with passing the test. Some of those links are listed here for convenience. Remember, Morse Code is no longer a requirement, so you need only be able to pass the 35 question Technician license exam to get started.
W4VEC sponsors an exam session in Greensboro on the second Saturday of each month at the Hickory Building, which is on Centerview Point Dr., off Meadowview Road, off High Point Rd. at I-40. Testing starts at 9:00 AM. You need to bring two forms of ID including a Photo ID and any previous licenses and/or CSE's.
The testing fee is $12.00 payable by cash or check. Contact Glenda, email@example.com, for a reservation/seat which is not necessary, but recommended. Other dates and locations can be found on the W4VEC web site.
QRZ.com Practice Tests
QRZ.com produces a terrific interactive practice test. The questions are the same as what you will actually find on the exam and there are 100 possible practice tests. If you really want to test your knowledge, practice tests are also available for the General and Amateur Extra license classes as well.