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:

  • What is Ham Radio?
  • Who is the typical Ham?
  • What is the appeal of Ham Radio?
  • Why do you need a license?
  • Why do they call themselves "Hams?"
  • What does Ham Radio sound like?

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.

Exam Dates

W4VECW4VEC sponsors an exam session in Greensboro on the second Saturday of each month at Hinshaw United Methodist Church on High Point Rd located at 4501 High Point Road, Greensboro, NC 27407. Testing starts at 9:00 AM, and you need to bring two forms of ID and including a Photo ID and a photocopy of any previous licenses and/or CSE's. The testing fee is $12.00 payable by cash or check. Please contact Roy Smith by e-mail at the following address: for a reservation/seat which is not necessary, but advised. Other dates and locations can be found on the W4VEC web site.


View Larger Map Practice Tests 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. Practice Exams