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    How to get a ham radio license


    How to get your ham radio license


    Itís actually easy to get your ham radio license (also called an amateur radio license). I always wanted to get mine but didnít actually do it until the Morse code requirement was dropped. Hereís why you need one, how I got mine, and how you can get yours. If you want a quick answer, just get this book. If you want more info, keep readingÖ
    Every time I bring up the need to get a ham radio license, some idiot always pops up and says, ďYou wonít need a ham radio license if SHTF.Ē WTF? Read How to communicate when the world goes silent (hint: ham radio is the best way to do that, and you need a license to use it).
    Operating a ham radio and actually getting a hold of someone is a bit more difficult at first than you might seem. You may be able to transmit without getting in trouble, but no one will hear you, and you wonít hear them. Using a ham radio to transmit long distances in a variety of circumstances is quite complicated and takes decades to master. You might be able to get in touch with the guy down the street (maybe) but you wonít be able to figure out long distance (called dx) communications by just picking one up and plugging it into an antenna. Do yourself a favor and get a license.
    Just like with FCC investigators and volunteers who track down offenders (you have to call out your FCC every 10 minute on the air or youíll probably get some unwanted attention), if you find yourself in martial law and donít want to be found, they can track you down pretty easily. ABSOLUTELY read this book if youíre a prepper and going to use ham radio for comms: Stealth Amateur Radio: Operate From Anywhere.

    For many years, you had to learn Morse Code to do it. That requirement was dropped Ė now itís a no-brainer. In 2011, I didnít work a full-time job because I was finishing my degree and doing all the preparation for Warrant Officer School (WOCS) for the Army. During that time, I started getting pretty heavy back into survival. One of the key things to survival, especially in a disaster situation, is communication. Nothing beats Ham Radio for survival communication. I finally got my ham radio license.
    So what is ham radio? Check out this link from ARRL (American Radio Relay League) to explain it. Theyíre actually called the National Association for Amateur Radio so I donít know why theyíre called dd and not NAAR. Whatever. Essentially, itís a radio that lets you talk to people kind of like a CB radio but with a lot more frequencies youíre allowed to use. The frequencies you can use depend on what level of licence you have, as youíll see below.
    I first went to Barnes and Noble to read up on the subject, as Iím wont to do on occasion, read several books, and then got the official ARRL ham radio test manual (there are tons of ham radio study books available if you donít like that one). It looked like a pretty daunting endeavor at first. I was thinking it was going to be too much work in addition to school and beer. Then one day at Starbucks, I perused the Internet for a while to study the subject and I came across the idea that you can practice easily online because all the test questions and answers are out there Ė exactly as they are written on the test. You just have to drill them into your head over and over.
    I settled on QRZ and HamTestOnline and downloaded a $5 iPhone ham radio test app. They have a free version but it doesnít have all the questions. I then spent about 30-60 minutes for a few days a week for a month or so. I passed easily. This, in spite of the fact that the free versions of the websites donít give you all the questions. By going to several sites and using the iPhone app, I managed to get enough to pass. It did help, however, that I know electronics and RF theory quite well, but if you donít, it wonít take you much longer to study to get it since you just have to recognize the question and match it to the correct answer. If youíre not familiar with electronics and RF, Iíd get the book and study online to test yourself.
    Here is now what Iím allowed to transmit:
    Ham Radio License Frequencies for the Technician Class:

    Band Frequencies (In MHz) Mode Notes
    80 Meters 3.525 Ė 3.600 CW 200-watt limit
    40 Meters 7.025 Ė 7.125 CW 200-watt limit
    15 Meters 21.025 Ė 21.200 CW 200-watt limit
    10 Meters 28.100 Ė 28.300 CW, RTTY, Data 200-watt limit
    10 Meters 28.300 Ė 28.500 CW, Phone, Image 200-watt limit

    Above 50 MHz
    All amateur privileges
    Knowing what I know now from starting into my General License studying, using an app like Amateur Radio Exam Prep, I would have gone this route first. For just a few bucks, you get all the questions and answers you need to pass, right in your pocket. Why would I want to get another ham radio license? In addition to all the frequencies you get from the tech class, you get the following:



    Ham Radio License Frequencies for the General Class:

    Band Frequencies (in MHz) Mode
    160, 60, 30 Meters All amateur privileges
    80 Meters 3.525 Ė 3.600 CW, RTTY, Data

    3.800 Ė 4.000 CW, Phone, Image
    40 Meters 7.025 Ė 7.125 CW, RTTY, Data

    7.175 Ė 7.300 CW, Phone, Image
    20 Meters 14.025 Ė 14.150 CW, RTTY, Data

    14.225 Ė 14.350 CW, Phone, Image
    15 Meters 21.025 Ė 21.200 CW, RTTY, Data

    21.275 Ė 21.450 CW, Phone, Image
    17, 12, 10 Meters All amateur privileges
    Above 50 MHz All amateur privileges
    Iím still interested in learning Morse Code; itís one of the things on my Bucket List. I currently have about 11 characters down at a character speed of about 40wpm and effective speed of 5wpm. More on that to come on a later post.
    One of the things you should do when you get your license is join ARRL. According to their site:
    Founded in 1914, the ARRL is the national association for amateur radio in the USA. Today, with more than 158,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States.
    They do a lot of good in the community by helping out with emergency planning and response. I have a few friends who work exercises with them by setting up at hospitals and police stations to run communications during emercencies or mass casualty practice events. Sounds right up my alley! The Amateur Radio Emergency Serviceģ (ARES) is a great group to do things like this too.The ARES consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Iím a member of the Maricopa County Special Forces Posse and a certified for search and rescue operations. Having a ham radio really comes in handy.

    One thing youíll realize as soon as you get your amateur radio license is hams are REALLY helpful. If youíd like to get started meeting people, check out the Prepared Ham forum. My buddy AD runs it (we actually met during our amateur radio license test).

    Having a Ham license is great for planning. My son is now studying to get his Ham license so we can both talk to each other. It makes it a lot easier when you have someone else to learn with, although the Ham Radio community is extremely helpful and friendly. One of the things we have planned to do when we back from Afghanistan is to go camping with our radios and set up comms. Weíre also going to figure out a thorough contingency communications plan (more on that in a future post as well). Itís quite an addictive and fun hobby; so much so that I created a whole category here just for it.
    I have two Yaesu ham radios that I primarily use. Theyíre both fantastic radios. The first one I got was the Yaesu VX-6R Submersible handheld shown standing up between the two monitors. Itís waterproof, has lots of frequencies, and is about the size of a box of cigarettes. The next one I got is the Yaesu FT-857D. It has pretty much every frequency youíd want and pushes out 100W. You can even put it in your car or truck like an uber CB radio. I think itís probably the best ham radio for preppers. It does have a version called the 897D that can hold 12V batteries that I almost got (and still donít know if I should have instead).
    I have a few different antennas that I use but my favorite antenna so far is the old dipole antenna for the 857d. I even have ham radio software that can run the radio for me. The ham radio software I use is called Ham Radio Deluxe. I have a Diamond SRH77CA anteanna for the handheld. //UPDATE// I recently bought a Baofeng UV5RA handheld. Itís ridiculously cheap and works well. Itís just stupid to set up. If you have one of these, watch this video because the Baofeng UV5r manual sucks.



    Baofeng UV-5R Review and Set-Up - YouTube

    If youíre interested in finding out where you can test for your Ham Radio license in your area, check out this form at the Amateur Radio Relay League.
    To get started, I highly suggest getting the book Ham Radio For Dummies if you donít get the ARRL book. Makes it much easier than just memorizing the answers. In the meantime, check out my article on creating a family emergency communications plan so your family will know exactly what to do in case of an emergency when the cell towers arenít working.

    73ís!



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