How Do I Get Started?
You are on the right path to becoming an amateur radio operator. The first step to becoming an amateur radio operator is to take what is called the technician class license test. This test contains 35 questions and allows the new operator to explore 30 MHZ and up. The FCC Technician License exam covers basic regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Morse code is not required for this license. With a Technician Class license, you will have all ham radio privileges above 30 MHz. These privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Many Technician licensees enjoy using small (2 meter) hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area. Technicians may operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes. You can even make international radio contacts via satellites, using relatively simple station equipment. Technician licensees now also have additional privileges on certain HF frequencies. Technicians may also operate on the 80, 40 and 15 meter bands using CW, and on the 10 meter band using CW, voice and digital modes.
The Yuba Sutter Amateur Radio Club offers educational courses to obtain you radio license. If you are interested in obtaining your license the date for our next technician class. Will be announced soon.
If you do plan on taking the class, you will need to obtain a technician class book. The books and other needed material are listed below.
"The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual", third edition.Manuals can be obtain from the instructor (20% discount), ARRL, Amazon, buy a used copy from a friend, etc.
The Yuba Sutter Amateur radio club also offers tests for all amateur radio classes. Testing will be held at 715 King Ave, Yuba City, CA 95991 on May 6th, 2017 at 09:00 AM
*This time can change at any time please view the websites calendar to confirm the time and location
The Yuba-Sutter Amateur Radio Club