We received many request during the 2015-K1N event about how to get involved with amateur radio. This page is a work in progress, but the intent is to provide information for those new to the hobby to help them get on the air. Of course, please feel free to reach out to us via the contact page on this site.
A good first step is to check out the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) website. They have great information about what Ham radio is and how to earn your license. Check it out at http://www.arrl.org/get-involved.
The ARRL Ham Radio License manual can be purchased via Amazon.com for about $25. Make sure you get the Technician’s License Manual (this is the first test you will take). The book may be found here (but double check before you order in case Amazon changes the URL).
The Apple AppStore has multiple applications to help you study for the exam. The Amateur Radio Exam Prep: Technician by Patrick J Maloney is the one we used (it is $5)
When you are ready to take the exam you will need to find an exam center. The ARRL website includes a search engine to find a test center. On the North Shore of Massachusetts, the North Shore Radio Association is one club that provides monthly testing dates. Check out their website at www.nsradio.org to find out when and where the next test day will occur. There are several other clubs which provide the exams (you will see the information with the ARRL search engine). It is always a good idea to send a quick email to verify that the exams will be held as scheduled before you make the trip to the exam center. Bring two forms of ID and $15 to the exam with you.
Once you successful pass your exam, the Volunteer Examiners will send your results to the FCC. It takes a week or two for the FCC to file your results. You can check FCC Universal Licensing System webpage (here) and search for your name. When your results are processed, the search will return with your new call sign. Congratulations!
Look forward to hearing you on the air!