• About Ham Radio (B)

    From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Sat Apr 1 00:06:00 2017


    There are no limits on who can become a ham. Ages range from under 8 to
    over 80. Hams come from all walks of life. Some are rich. Some are
    poor. Most are in between. Ham radio is also wide open to handicapped individuals. There are blind hams, deaf hams, paralyzed hams, you name
    it. There's some way just about anyone can use ham radio to open their
    door to the world. As long as you're not a representative of a foreign government, and you either live in the United States, or have a U.S.
    mailing address, you're eligible to take the exams necessary to become
    a ham radio operator.


    ...can be very easy. With just a little study, just about anyone can
    qualify for an Amateur Radio license. What you have to study depends on
    which level of license you want to go for. There are three classes of
    amateur radio licensees...and there is no longer any Morse Code exam
    required for any class of U.S. Amateur Radio license. Most people start


    This is now the entry class license into Amateur Radio. It gives you
    all Amateur Radio privileges above 50 Megahertz, including the popular
    "2 meter" band. World-wide contacts, via satellite, are now possible on
    these bands. Technician Class licensees can also use the Voice Over
    Internet Protocol (VoIP) modes, such as Echolink...see the Echolink
    Overview in this area for details.

    To get the "Tech" license, you have to pass an examination covering
    rules, regulations, and basic electronic theory.

    As of Feb. 23, 2007, Technician class licensees...whether or not they've
    passed a Morse Code exam...also have these HF privileges:

    80 meters: CW (Morse Code) only: 3.525 Mhz to 3.600 Mhz
    40 meters: CW (Morse Code) only: 7.025 Mhz to 7.125 Mhz
    15 meters: CW (Morse Code) only: 21.025 Mhz to 21.200 Mhz
    10 meters: CW (Morse Code), RTTY, and data only: 28.000 Mhz to 28.300 Mhz
    10 meters: SSB Phone Only: 28.300 Mhz to 28.500 Mhz

    These HF privileges are identical for Novice Class licensees. Note that
    NO OTHER HF PRIVILEGES EXIST for Novice or Technician Class licensees.


    This is the one most hams hold. It lets you operate voice as well as
    code on all amateur bands. The theory test deals more with operating
    on the high frequency bands. All amateur radio privileges, except the
    500 kilohertz of frequencies on the 80, 40, 20, and 15 meter bands,
    reserved for Extra Class licensees, are available.


    This higher grade of license lets you with all amateur radio privileges, including operating on frequencies closed to other hams. You need to know
    more theory...a combination of the former Advanced and Extra exams.


    More information on the license exams, classes, and callsigns will be
    posted in future messages.

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