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Excited about the prospect of getting your amateur radio (ham) license? You should be! You'll be joining a fantastic group of people around the world in a hobby that will keep you interested and learning year in and year out. What's more, it will give you the opportunity to take an active part in emergency preparedness and emergency communications in your community.

The key to getting your first license is taking it one step at a time in an orderly manner. There is no longer a morse code requirement to get your first level of license (technician), only some basic knowledge of electronics, radio theory, and FCC regulations. Virtually anyone can master this knowledge if they really want to.

My advice is to start with information provided by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Check out their hamradio page for information on getting started. There are great study materials available directly from the ARRL, or from your local Radio Shack store.

You might want to surf the internet for more information. I found this particularly helpful. There are a number of sites available where you can take practice exams pulled from the actual question pool. Because of the large number of question in the pool, I would suggest that you not simply try to "learn" the test. The material is not that difficult, and with some effort, you can learn much of it in a matter of weeks. One of the practice test sites is AA9PW's site at <www.aa9pw.com/radio/exam.html>





















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