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Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are Amateur Radio Operators called HAMs?
Q: Where did the term HAM come from?
Q: What is a HAM Radio or HAM Radio Operator?
A: This is one of the most frequently asked questions about the Amateur Radio Service. So much so that it desirves its own page to explain it.
Q: How do I get a HAM radio callsign?
A: An Amateur (HAM) radio callsign is issued by the Federal Communications Commision (FCC). You must pass a test in order for the FCC to issue your Amateur Radio License which will show your callsign.
Q: How do I study for the test to get my Amateur Radio callsign?
A: There are three main ways to prepare for your Amateur Radio exam.
1. Take a class -
2. Get a book and study on your own or with a group -
3. Take practice tests online -
Q: Are there more than one level or class of Amateur Radio license?
A: In the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offers three Amateur Radio license levels or license classes; Technician class license, General class license and Extra class license.
Q: Where can I find the questions in the "Question Pool" for the Amateur Radio test?
A: All of the questions in the Question Pool are available here.
Q: Where do I go to take the Amateur Radio Exam?
A: A great place to go to find a testing session in your area is the Amateur Radio Relay League's web site and the W5WI-VEC Web site.
Q: How long does it take to get a callsign with the FCC after I pass the HAM radio test?
Q: How long does it take for the FCC to issue a ham license?
Q: How long after Technician exam for my call sign to be online?
Q: When do you get your callsign?
A: You can expect your callsign to show up in the FCC database in about 10 days. Go to http://qrz.com and search for your name.
Q: Can I change my call-sign after the test?
A: Your callsign is assigned in a sequencial manner by the FCC. If you want to change your callsign, you can apply for a Vanity Call Sign.
Q: What is a ham radio club call sign?
Q: Who can use a ham radio club call sign?
A: A club station license allows members of an amateur radio club to have a station operating under a club call sign. The license is granted only to the trustee of the club. It conveys no operating privileges. Club callsigns are tipically used for repeater outputs..
Q: What is the Universal Licensing System (ULS)
A: The ULS is the new Wireless Telecommunications Bureau program under which electronic filing of license applications and reports of changes to licenses creates a database that can be accessed remotely for searches. Using ULS, for example, the user can learn all the specialized mobile radio licenses in a given region.
See: this link to go to the FCC ULS web site.
Q: How do you get a license plate with your callsign on it?
Q: Can I have my ham radio callsign on my license plate?
A: You can have a vanity amateur radio license plate with you callsign on it. Check with you local city/county government to find out. This would most likely either be the DMV or the tax-assesor/collector
Q: What part of the Federal Communications Commision (FCC) rules governs Amateur Radio?
Q: Where can I find the ham radio FCC rules?
A: The FCC rules that govern Amateur (HAM) Radio are known as part 97.
Q: Where can I find a Ham Radio club in my area?
A: A list of ARRL affiliated clubs can be found here.
Q: What is a bandplan?
A: A bandplan or band plan is a plan for using a particular band of radio frequencies, that are a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum .
Each bandplan defines the frequency range to be included, how channels are to be defined, and what will be carried on those channels. Click here for additional information on bandplans.
Q: What is a VE?
Q: What is a VEC?
A: 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 an ARRL VE or W5YI VE and volunteer to be a VE.
A VEC is a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator. VE's are affiliated with a VEC such as the ARRL or W5YI who s the official interface with the FCC for testing new Amateur Radio operators.
Q: What is a OO?
Q: What is a OOC?
A: The Official Observer (OO) program is an ARRL sponsored program to help Amateur Radio operators assist each other to operate their stations in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.
Learn more about the Official Observer program and the Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) click on these links.
Q: What is the Amateur Auxiliary?
A: The Amateur Auxiliary is composed of approximately 700 ARRL volunteer-appointees, known as Official Observers (OO) and the License Interference Committee (LIC) who monitor the bands and notify Amateur Radio Operators of technical and operating discrepancies.
Q: What frequencies can Amateur Radio Operators use?
A: Frequency allocation is a function of the Federal Communications Commission. These general guidelines are supplemented by local band plans. See the bandplan page for more information.
Q: What are the Amateur Transmitter Power Limits in the United States?
A: At all times, transmitter power must be the minimum necessary to carry out the desired communications. Unless otherwise noted, the maximum power output is 1500 watts PEP. Novice/Technicians are limited to 200 watts PEP on HF bands. Geographical power restrictions apply to the 70 cm, 33 cm and 23 cm bands.