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Getting Your Amateur Radio License

Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming a licensed amateur radio operator! Study Up! -- Get your FRN # -- Sign up for an exam session.

How to Get Your Amateur Radio License

Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming a licensed amateur radio operator! There are many aspects of the hobby to fascinate and enjoy, but we must always remember that using the public airwaves is a privilege, not a right.

The Technician Class License is the first of three test challenges in the hobby, and provides privileges in the 6 meter and higher bands, including the popular 2 meter band.  Equipment for 2 meter communication is relatively inexpensive, and is great for local communication as well as regional communication through an extensive distribution of repeaters.  You may also talk to other amateurs world-wide through EchoLink? and IRLP systems, which connect repeaters and amaters via the internet. Digital packet radio, Amateur TV, and remote control vehicles are just some of the other fun things you can do with your new license.


Amateur Radio Test Sessions

The Warren County Radio Club hosts amateur radio license exams throughout the year. Dates, times and locations are normally located on this website. If you do not see an upcoming date feel free to send us an e-mail.

The ARRL is has a listing of upcoming exam sessions in other areas


Before your test and what to bring

The FCC forms will need an FRN number. Before the testing day please register for your number through the FCC website.

Bring to the test session

  • FRN number
  • Photo ID
  • Testing fee
  • If you are upgrading also bring a copy of your current amateur radio license.
  • You are also allowed a simple calculator to use. Cell Phones and calculators which memorize formulas are not allowed.

FRN registration can be done here


Books and Online Study Information

There are plenty of books, online study websites and even apps for your phone!

  • The Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) is a great resource for study materials. They publish several books useful in preparation for all license exams. Check out and remember to check your local library for recent versions of "The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual".


Good Luck, and we hope to hear you on the air soon!

Volunteer Examiners (VE)

Donald James N2VU
Jami Olden N2ZTC
Wayne White K2AYQ
Dan Gealt WX2P
Len Denner W2RZ
Jim McKnight K2LM
Merrideth Corentto N2MOM
David Gealt KD2BVA
Chris Franco AF2V
Frank Gitto KA5VVI
Chris Sigsbee K2CCS
Ernie King KC2BD

Adam Pearsall KC2TLS
Derrick Helms KD2ALW
Shawn Perry KD2DJU
Bill Passineau KD2HDD

EmComm Field Examiners

David Gealt KD2BVA

Chris Sigsbee K2CCS