Amateur Radio License

Course Description

The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators.  To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices.  The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America.  It also allows for some limited privileges on the HF (also called "short wave") bands used for international communications.

Class Schedule and Examination

This course is usually completed in 2 eight-hour sessions.  There is a third session for review and taking the FCC examination.  You must have the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition book in order to complete the course.  Only one required per household.

Amateur Radio License Course Costs

Tuition is free.  The Ham Radio License Manual must be purchased during registration.  There is an additional fee of about $15.00 for the examination that will be collected on the day of the examination.  The license from the FCC is free (no additional cost) when the examination is passed.

Why Should I Get Licensed?

Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally.  US licenses are good for 10 years before renewal and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government.

Maritime SSB Operations

The amateur radio license does not qualify you for the Ship Radio Stations license, a separate application and fee is required.  The Squadron will work with any individual through the application process.

Where Do I Register?

Register online!  The course is limited to 16 students.

Course Tuition Fee (one required):
USPS Members / VoucherFree
Sea Scouts / USCGA / PartnersFree
PublicFree
ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition (one required per household)$25.00