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The next AARC Club Meeting will be Friday November 9.  Please  contact Roger about date/time of the next license test session. A fee of  $15 per session applies.

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So You Wanna Ham?

But don’t know where to begin? Here’s some sage advice in starting your journey.

October 2018 Update:

If you are tentatively interested in a future Technician or General class, please contact the webmaster. Let us add your email address to our list so you can be notified when a class is scheduled.

There are a lot of great on-line URL links to get you started in Ham radio but  if you are in a rush, then here’s the short and quick version of what you need to do to get your first Ham radio license.  Also… getting involved with a "local" ham radio club IS an excellent way to begin. They can offer assistance and mentors to guide you. There are a lot of "aspects" of Ham radio and I'm sure you'd find one in particular that grabs your attention.

So lets get you started:

The Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) ( ) is an excellent source of information for ham radio operators, of all experiences and backgrounds. Their on-line web site contains lots of information to help you get started; technical information, reference material, newsletters, how-to’s and educational material.  You can use their website as a guest. You may eventually join too.

We need to get you licensed. The first license you need is a Technician class.  It is recommended you purchase a “current” Technician reference book.  Be aware that the Technician question pool changed on July 1, 2018.  There are many sources that sell the book. Confirm the date of the test material which changes every few years.  Don’t buy an outdated book.  A few valid point-of-sales are: The ARRL website ( click here ) and the W5YI website ( click here ). The latest version of the ARRL Technician license material is the 7th edition.

Read the book. Don't fuss over it. Just read it and try to understand as much as you can. Then take on-line practice tests, again and again and again. Take them 4-5 times day (usually about 5 minutes each) for about a week. There are a lot of on-line places that offer free practice tests.  Here are a few: The eHam website ( click here ), AA9PW website ( click here ), QRZ website ( click here )  and the QSL website ( click here ).  Confirm the on-line testing material is the most recent and applicable to the license type you are studying for.

After you build up your confidence, show up at the club's testing exam which is offered every First Saturday of the month, in Fairbanks at the Far North CB Radio Plus location - across the street from Beaver Sports . Be punctual. Testing begins at 1 PM and the date, time and location is advertised on our web site too.  A $15 session fee is currently being charged to help defray the cost of testing support.  The is a Pass/Fail test system.  If you pass, you'll get a FCC callsign in about 7 days and you'll join one of the fastest growing hobbies.

Another good reference is: