Radio Amateur Mobile Society
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE INFORMATION
If you are interested in becoming an Amateur Radio operator, this information is for you.
An Amateur Radio License, issued by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is required for operating an Amateur Radio transmitter in the United States. Because Ham Radio is a self-regulating radio service, the FCC allows existing licensees to conduct the examinations for new (or upgrading) Hams.
The Citrus Heights VE Team conducts Amateur Radio exam sessions at irregular intervals.Sessions occur at:
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Station 32
8890 Roediger Lane
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
To sign up for an upcoming session, contact Joe Cardoza (KA6ROM) via email at <cardozas at Comcast dot net>. Joe will send you information pertaining to procedures and requirements. You will need to provide Joe with the following information:
* Name - Same name used when you applied for an FRN (see below)
You can obtain an FRN number by going the Federal Communications Commission
Click on “Register”, then on the next page, fill in the information and follow the instructions to apply for an FRN. You will need to give your Social Security number in this process.
Ham Radio licenses are granted in three levels – “Technician”, “General”, and “Extra”. For new Hams, the usual entry-level license is the Technician level. Morse Code is no longer required.
The Citrus Heights VE Team has created a Technician Study Manual and a Ham Radio Handbook for new license applicants. The Study Manual is handed out at a Study Session which usually begins at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday. There is a $10.00 charge for the Study Session, Study Manual and the Handbook. The 34-page Handbook gives an overview of Ham Radio, and covers the basics of radios, antennas, how to set up a station, repeaters, and many other topics. The Handbook is usually given out after the examination.
The actual examination begins at 1:00 p.m. on the same day, at the same location. There is a charge of $15.00 for the examination session.
The examination session is also open to already-licensed Amateurs wishing to upgrade. No study materials are offered for General or Extra exams. Question pools are available from the ARRL. For those seeking to upgrade their licenses, a photo copy of your existing license will be required, along with photo ID. The license copy will not be returned, as it must be attached to the upgrade paperwork.
If you have any special needs, be sure to mention them to Joe when you contact him to register.
For the Extra exam, a calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed.