Start studying for the license exams. Do not be intimidated by the
word "study," because most people can go from knowing abso-
lutely nothing about amateur radio to passing the Novice and
Technician written exams in less than a month.
The exams test your knowledge of basic radio regulations and el-
ementary radio theory. Many clubs hold license classes which
can be a fun and easy way to learn about amateur radio. There
are good books, cassette tapes, computer programs, and many
other study aids available. Your local RadioShack store sells FCC
License Preparation study guides for amateur radio operator li-
censes. While you are no longer required to learn Morse code for
a Technician Class license, we encourage you to learn it anyway
so you can advance to higher levels of operating privileges.
There is no fee to take the Novice exam. As soon as you pass the
Novice exam, you can immediately take the Technician exam.
There is a small fee required for taking the Technician exam. All
license level tests are administered by a three-member Volunteer
Examiner Team. Contact the ARRL for a schedule of exam op-
portunities in your area.
The Technician Class license lets you use the HTX-200 to com-
municate directly with other operators, and use repeaters for dis-
Amateur radio is a great hobby that has enriched the lives of mil-
lions of people all over the world. The ARRL would be glad to hear
from you if you need more information or would like to join!