Getting your Amateur Radio or Ham license can be a lot of fun and very rewarding.
The requirements for getting a U.S. Ham license are very straight forward:
- Take a 35 question exam, and get at least 26 correct
- Have a valid US mailing address, and
- Not be a representative of a foreign government
Yup, those are the only requirements for a U.S. Amateur Radio License. There is no age requirement. There is no citizenship requirement.
The 35 questions are selected from a pool of just under 400, but they are divided among 10 knowledge areas and sub-divided into 35 subsections, each covering a specific knowledge area. So you will only be asked one of the 4-10 questions from each of the sub-sections.
It may sound like a huge list of high-tech stuff which can be daunting, and the truth of it can be challenging if you have never heard of any of this stuff before, but it is most definitely not an insurmountable challenge. Truth is, many of the questions are not technical in nature. With a little effort, you can do this!
When I teach Technician radio classes sometimes students are skeptical about their own abilities. Really, all I ask is that you try. Most students DO pass, and they surprise themselves at how much they really learned to get their license. You don’t need to be an expert in physics or electromagnetic field analysis to pass the exam. You just have to want to get that license, and put in some study time.
How much time will it take? That’s really up to you. Everyone learns a little differently, and at a different pace. We all have had different experiences in life. Most people usually take between two and five weeks of study before they are ready to pass the exam depending on how much time they put into studying.
If you are here and reading this, you have an interest in Amateur Radio. You may not even know exactly what that interest is, but that’s all you need to take that next step and study by yourself or take a class like mine.
The links below give more information on my classes and the testing process. There are some location-specific bits of information (Silicon Valley) and a few links, but most of it is general information that will be helpful to anyone seeking an Amateur Radio license.
- Amateur Radio License Class schedule
- Amateur Radio License Exam information
If you have questions about Amateur Radio and getting started please email me and I will be happy to do what I can to get you started on your ham journey.