Licensing Info / Testing

VE Testing is available: @ 2nd. Monday Night Meeting
If you are interested in attending a testing session
to obtain your FCC License
Please email to let us know for confirmation.
Dale Knight ad4dkilo@gmail.com

Walk ins are welcome: Please let us know if possible!

Legal Operation requires that an amateur operator possess a valid license granted by the FCC. For new amateur operators, there are three classes of license. Each authorizes privileges corresponding to the qualifications required. All license classes are granted privileges for ten-year terms, and are renewable.

Current classes of license, from lowest to highest are:

A: Technician             // Download Study Guide Here
                                                2018-2022 Tech Pool-2018-A
B: General                  // Download Study Guide Here
                                              2015_2019_ELEM3_General_studyguide
C: Amateur Extra   // Download Study Guide Here
extra- 2016-2020-MASTER

The licensing rules have changed over the years, reducing the number of license classes. Hams who hold licenses in deleted classes may renew those licenses indefinitely, but no new licenses for those classes are being issued.

Two valid license classes remain:

Novice,
The Novice license was introduced in 1951 with a simple 20-question test and 5-words-per-minute code exam. Originally, the license was good for a single year, at which time the Novice upgraded or had to get off the air.

Advanced:
Advanced class licensees passed a written exam midway in difficulty between those for the General and Amateur Extra classes. They received frequency privileges between those of General and Amateur Extra licensees.

EXAMINATIONS

For a license to be granted, applicants must pass an examination administered by a team of volunteer examiners (VEs). The VEs determine the operator class for which the applicant is qualified by testing their knowledge in operating an amateur station. Most new amateur radio operators start with the Technician Class operator license (Morse code requirements no longer exists within the amateur Radio Service). Some newcomers are able to begin at the General Class, and a few even at the Amateur Extra Class.

AUTHORITY TO OPERATE

Operating authority begins when the license grant information appears in the Amateur Radio Service database, within the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS). Possession of a written copy of a granted license is not necessary before operating.
Operating authority begins when the license grant information appears in the Amateur Radio Service database, within the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS). Possession of a written copy of a granted license is not necessary before operating.

To request an examination, submit a request to an administering VE Team, or send an email to the above address.

 

PART 97—Amateur Radio Service

The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) is a regularly updated, editorial compilation of C.F.R. material and Federal Register amendments produced by the National Archives and Records Administration’s Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Printing Office. For the most updated Part 97 content, please visit: www.ecfr.gov

A copy of Part 97 can be found here.

A PDF of Part 97 is available here.
47 CFR Part 97 – September 23 2014