Amateur Radio Operator Licensing in the United States of America
Amateur (Ham) Radio is a licensed service regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireless Communications Bureau. An indiviudal must be properly and currently licensed as an amateur radio operator (ham) in order to legally transmit on any frequency assigned for ham use in the United States of America. There are currently three levels of amateur radio licensing in the U.S.:
- Technician Class
- General Class
- Amateur Extra Class
Licensing is progressive; an individual must take and pass the Technician Class test in order to take the General Class test, and must pass the General Class test in order to take the Amateur Extra Class test.
Testing is conducted by Volunteer Examiners (VEs) on behalf of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs). SLAARC has a number of members who are VEs and, as an ARRL affiliated club, administers exams under the jurisdiction of the ARRL, which is one of the VECs.
SLAARC Testing Sessions (walk-in, no appointment needed):
- Where: Witch’s Hat Depot | 300 Dorothy St. | South Lyon | Michigan | 48178 (scroll down for map).
- When: Fourth Saturday of each month except December (Christmas).
- Time: Please arrive at 9:00 AM local time for registration. Testing begins at 9:30 AM.
- Cost: There is a $15 test fee per test session**.
- ID: A picture ID is required.
- Age Limit: None
- Other: A working pen, pencil, and eraser. You may also bring a non-programmable calculator (you will be required to clear the memory).
**An individual can take more than one test per test session, but they must take and pass the tests in the required order or present the required proof of current licensure.
Additional Requirements if upgrading to the next license class:
- Bring an original and a legible photocopy of your current FCC ARO license. The wallet version of the FCC license is acceptable.
- Bring copies of any C.S.C.E.’s. (Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination).