How do I become a HAM?
To become a HAM (amateur radio) operator, you need to follow these general steps:
Study for and pass a FCC Amateur Radio license exam: There are three different license levels in the US, each requiring passing a different exam: Technician, General, and Extra. You can find study materials and exam schedules from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), one of the largest organizations of amateur radio operators in the US.
Get a callsign: Once you pass the exam, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will assign you a unique callsign that you will use on the air.
Obtain radio equipment: You will need a radio and antenna to transmit and receive radio signals. You can purchase equipment from various online retailers or attend hamfests and swap meets where ham radio equipment is often available.
Get on the air: Once you have your license and equipment, you can start transmitting and receiving radio signals.
Join a local ham radio club: Joining a club is a great way to meet other HAM operators, learn more about the hobby, and participate in various events and activities.
Remember that becoming a HAM operator requires study, preparation, and a commitment to following FCC regulations and good operating practices.