Ham Radio License classes and Test sessions

Here is where we will list training classes and test sessions for those wanting to get their amateur radio licensees, or upgrade their current license.

Classes:

 

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PURCHASING OPTIONS FOR A LICENSE MANUAL

1.   ARRL License Manuals may be ordered at the first class session for a special discounted price of $25.  Payment is due at time of order.  License Manuals usually are available by the 2nd class session.

2.   ARRL License Manuals also may be ordered directly from the ARRL Bookstore in Connecticut for $29.95 plus shipping (www.ARRL.org); or from R&L Electronics in Hamilton, OH (www.RandL.com) for $26.95 plus tax plus shipping (or pick up in person-call first to check stock-check R&L website for directions to store).

3.   ARRL License Manuals for the respective class of license sometimes are available at local book stores.  Price may vary.  List price of ARRL License Manuals is $29.95.

Make sure you are purchasing a current edition:

— Technician Class License Manual must be good for exams taken between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2018

— General Class License Manual must be good for exams taken between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2019

— Extra Class License Manual must be good for exams taken between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2020

NEW:  ARRL License Manuals also are now available from ARRL and Amazon as Kindle e-books for computers and mobile devices.

4.   For questions about purchasing license manuals, email Fred Stone at W8LLY@ARRL.net.

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You can also try looking at the ARRL Online Class Finder

Test Sessions:

In general:

Applicants must furnish the original and one photocopy of their current license (if any), original of any certificates of successful completion of
examination (CSCE) they may hold, positive (photo) identification,  and Licensee ID number (FRN) .

If you are applying for your first license, please go to https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do and obtain a FRN.  The web site is self explanatory and the FRN registration is free.

 


 

The entry level Amateur Radio License is the Technician Class:

The privileges of a Technician Class operator license include operating an amateur station that may transmit on channels in any of 17 frequency bands above 50 MHz with up to 1,500 watts of power. To pass the Technician Class examination, at least 26 questions from a 35 question written examination must be answered correctly. Technician Class licensees also have privileges in four amateur service bands in the HF range (3-30 MHz)


 

Online Resources

Practice exams:

You have to take your license exam in person at a Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session, but you can practice using these online systems using the same question pool as VEs use to make up their exams

ARRL      E-Ham.net       QRZ.Com     HamExam.org

Study Guides:

The Question Pools (lists of questions that are used to make up your exam) for the various license classes are on line at the following websites:

ARRL   NCVEC

You can also find study guides, both online and in hardcopy at a variety of places such as:

ARRL    KY4KY.com    QRZ.com    W5YI