Reading Assignment

Our TextRead Chapter 1, Pages 1-1 to 1-22 in your text before you continue.

It is very important that you carefully read this assignment. This is going to be the basis for this course.

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Overview of Amateur Radio

By now you probably realize that the term 'Ham' means you are an Amateur Radio Operator. Why Ham, well no one really knows anymore.

What is radio? "I am often asked how radio works. Well, you see, wire telegraphy is like a very long cat. You yank his tail in New York and he meows in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? - Now, radio is exactly the same, except that there is no cat." __Attributed to Albert Einstein

You are about to embark on a lifetime of learning. 'Ham' Radio has many different modes, or types of getting 'Intelligence' from one place to another. This 'Intelligence' can be Morse Code, Digital Text, Voice, Picture, Television, Radio Teletype and much more.

Amateur radio (Ham Radio) is the use of portions of the radio frequency spectrum for purposes of private recreation including, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, furthering electronic self-knowledge, and providing emergency communications.

The term "Ham" is used to specify persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest, and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, police and fire, or professional two-way radio services like maritime, aviation, business, etc.

If you click on the following You-Tube Link, you will see a short video,"Introduction of Amateur Radio". Welcome to the hobby!

The FCC Website

The FCC is the regulatory agency that has jurisdiction over Amateur Radio.

FCC authorization is required to ensure the operator is qualified to operate the ham radio safely, appropriately and within the rules and regulations

The purpose of Ham Radio is: To encourage the advancement of the art and science of radio, to promote the development of an emergency communication capability to assist communities when needed., to develop a pool of trained radio operators and to promote international good will by connecting private citizens in countries around the globe.

You can do many things on this site. One of the most important to you is to look up your name and find your new call sign weeks before you get the license in the mail.Click Here for FCC site

Once you pass the test you will receive a CSCE Certificate that certifies that you have passed Element 3 and you are 'Legal' to operate a Amateur Radio Station as soon as your 'Call Sign' appears on the FCC website.

You will need a 'FRN' number to use in any communications with the FCC and you will find it here also.

The URL to the FCC Website will appear on the 'CSCE' along with instructions on how to identify yourself until you receive the paper copy of your license in the mail.

Especially check out the following links on the FCC site: Universal License System. Rules and Regulations (CFR47) Part 97, which governs the Amateur Radio Service.

Go to ARRLClick on Logo on the right to go to ARRL website

ARRL - Devoted Entirely to Amateur Radio Founded in 1914, The American Radio Relay League is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA. Today, with more than 156,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States.

The ARRL has adopted the following statement of the Core Purpose of the ARRL: To promote and advance the art, science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.

ARRL not only reflects the commitment and enthusiasm of American hams, but also provides leadership as the voice of Amateur Radio in the USA, whether in dealings with the Federal Communications Commission, the World Radio communication Conference, the International Amateur Radio Union, or with the general public.

The ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in the ham radio world. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special operating events, all sorts of continuing education classes and other benefits for its members. Being a member of the ARRL is important for hams! The ARRL is devoted entirely to Amateur Radio.

The ARRL publishes QST the foremost magazine on Amateur Radio. Click on the ARRL Logo and check out the site. There is lots to see.

The ARRL is excited to announce two new membership benefits that will be introduced in June 2012. In addition to receiving the print copy of QST, all members will have access to an online digital edition of QST -- at no extra cost.

You will be able to access QST from anywhere -- on nearly any computer, laptop, mobile device, smart phone and tablet (including Apple iPad, iPhone, iTouch and devices using the Android operating system). Members will also gain access to archived issues of QST

from December 1915 to the present;

previously, only issues through 2007 were available to members.

If you are familiar with the current periodicals archive, that platform will be expanded to include all of QST from December 1915 through December 2011. A second, new archive has been introduced for issues beginning January 2012, featuring enhanced functionality including full-text search

This is huge! There are so many articles, so much information that you will be able to access. You can see how many things work from different perspectives and other times. Join and Enjoy!

Click on Logo below on the left and go to ARRL website and read about the Volunteer Examiner Process

Go to VE InfoWhat does a Volunteer Examiner (VE) do? Volunteer Examiners (VEs) are licensed radio amateurs holding a General Class license or higher who offer their time to administer the FCC licensing tests.

Learn how you can become a VE associated with the ARRL Volunteer Coordinator office (VEC)after your obtain your General Class License by reviewing the Volunteer Examiner Manual, available on the ARRL site.

These Volunteer Examiners are the 'Hams' who donate their time to mentor (Elmer's) you, offer classes,conduct test sessions and much more.

Why do they do this? Well, you will soon find out that Amateur Radio people have been 'Paying it Forward for Decades' The technical aspect of radio communications is vast and daunting. It helps to receive a helping hand from those that have been down that path. Ham Radio doesn't do 'Rites of Passage' without helping you along the way.

The Tech Class License is first step on Ladder.

Morse Code is no longer required for any amateur radio license.

At this time the Technician License is the first license offered to the Ham community. It is your introduction to Amateur Radio.

Exam Requirement: 35-question Technician Written Exam (Element 2). Privileges: All VHF/UHF Amateur bands (frequencies above 30 MHz), and limited operations in certain HF bands.

These privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Many Technician licensees enjoy using small (2 meter) hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area.

sample license

The FCC Technician License exam covers basic regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications.

Technicians may operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes. You can even make international radio contacts via satellites, using relatively simple station equipment.

The next step is the General License. The General license is obtained by taking another exam element. Successful passing of the General Element 3, will result in more band and frequency privileges mainly in the HF Bands.

The third and final available license is the Amateur Extra Class. Positive completion of the Extra Element 4, will result in additional frequency allocations and of course, the admiration of your fellow hams.


In this first module you have been introduced to Ham Radio. The FCC website was introduced. The ARRL website was introduced showing many links, including those to practice exams.


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Recommended reading

View the complete Technician Question Pool in Chapter 11 of your Ham Radio License Manual.

Review the Term Glossary in Chapter 10 of your Ham Radio License Manual

Practice Exams are available at and there are links to many other test practice sites also.

Review the complete Technician Question Pool with Hints to help you to remember the answers for the test available by clicking the last item on the left hand select menu.