coffeechatSo you want to learn more about how to get involved in the hobby of Ham Radio?  Awesome!  Grab a cup of coffee and let's chat.

Ham radio, also known as amateur radio, is a fascinating hobby that allows you to communicate with people from all over the world using radio waves.

To get licensed as a ham radio operator, you will need to pass a test administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. The test covers basic knowledge of electronics, radio operating practices, and regulations governing the use of the radio spectrum.

To prepare for the test, you can find study materials online, such as study guides, practice exams, and video tutorials. One great resource is Ham Study also has apps for Apple and Android phones to guide you through the questions you will encounter on your license examinations.  There are also many online forums and communities where you can connect with other hams and ask for advice and guidance.

Once you feel confident in your knowledge, you can schedule a test with a local volunteer examiner team. These teams are made up of experienced hams who are authorized by the FCC to administer tests. In the Birmingham area, you can refer to the calendar on the ARA Group's Website to schedule your test session..

After passing the test, you will be issued a call sign by the FCC, which you will use to identify yourself on the air. You will also need to comply with FCC regulations regarding the use of your radio equipment and operating practices.

Ham radio offers many opportunities for experimentation, learning, and community involvement. Whether you are interested in building your own equipment, communicating with other hams from around the world, or providing emergency communications during natural disasters, there is something for everyone in this exciting hobby. Good luck on your journey!

Weekly Club Net

Tuesdays 7PM

The Bald Rock Amateur Radio Club hosts a net each Tuesday evening at 7PM on our club's linked repeaters. For more information, please click below.

Weekly Net Info