NEW TO HAM RADIO?
New to Ham Radio? Don’t know what Ham Radio is? Well, this page is designed to steer you in the right direction. You can find an explanation of What Ham Radio is, who is involved and what we do by clicking here. The previous link goes to the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Website. There are over 700,000 Amateur Radio Operators (HAMs) in the USA today!
Want to get involved? There is a 35 question test (Morse Code No Longer Required!) that you must pass in order to become licensed, however there are plenty of ways to study for this exam. The questions and answers are available for all three license classes, free of charge from the NCVEC. (Take a peek and see what you know, you might not need to study!) There are also other free practice tests available from many other HAM’s and HAM Websites (Also free of charge) such as QRZ.com, and NC4FB’s Website. Study manuals available from The ARRL for a charge, but will explain the theories a bit more. There are also other ways to study such as by audio book, podcast, and your local club may also offer classes, as well as the examination.
Ready to take your test? If you’re in our area (Jackson/Haywood County, NC) Click the contact link on the homepage to request a session, or visit the WCARS/VEC Site for test examiners in our area, and we’ll setup a test session for you! If not, contact a local club, or use the ARRL’s Test Session Locator. Please note that not all clubs and VE Teams have their sessions listed on the site.
Have Questions? feel free to contact me. We hope to hear you on the air soon!
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
There are many different ways you can use your license. One is to volunteer at different local events, or in the event of communications failures. Local events including 5K Marathons, bike races, and other not-for-profit events provide great outlets to test your equipment and ensure you won't be stuck without communications in a jam. Most states offer special amateur radio communications license plates for free or a reduced cost (as opposed to a vanity) in support of the important role HAMs can play during emergencies.
This is only one thing you can do with your ticket, others include Moon-Bounce operation, Satellite operation, Low Power modes, Morris Code, PSK/Digital, Mesh Networking, and the list goes on and on.