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With Technician Class License privileges, you can use all amateur VHF and UHF permitted frequencies (frequencies above 50MHz). You can also operate on the 80, 40 and 15 meter HF bands using Morse code, and on the 10 meter band using Morse code, and digital modes.
How to Get Started
First: Consider which exam you need to take. If you do not yet have an Amateur Radio license, you will begin with a Technician Class License. This is the entry level for all “hams”, a nickname for an Amateur Radio operator. Simply pass a multiple-choice test by answering correctly 26 of 35 questions to earn this class license. The exam questions are taken from a pool of over 400 questions.
The test covers the essential things you need to know as a licensed Amateur Radio operator, including:
Station license responsibilities
Control Operator duties
Radio and electronic fundamentals
Station setup and operation
Communications modes and methods
Emergency and Public Service Communications
Propagation and antennas
Electrical and RF Safety
Second: Consider what method is best suited for you to study for an amateur radio examination. Some people do just fine by self-study. Others prefer a more formal classroom instruction method. Many people choose to study alone for an amateur license. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual for each license class is an excellent source of information for study, and includes all exam questions you will encounter on any test. Each chapter of the ARRL License Study Manual, for all classes, is presented in a way that lets the reader progress at their own pace, with review questions along the way.
This level presents subjects including: Radio and Signals Fundamentals, Electricity, Components, and Circuits, Propagation, Antennas, and Feed Lines, Amateur Radio Equipment, Communicating With Other Hams, Licensing Regulations, Operating Regulations, Safety,
Practice Exams are available on the ARRL website. After completing each chapter, use the online exam review for Ham Radio to help prepare for the exam. This online service creates chapter by chapter test questions just as an actual exam is constructed. ARRL Study Manuals are available directly from arrl.org,
The entire Question Pool for each license class is presented on the download page, just click the links to download.