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Getting Started in Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio Clubs

There is a wealth of information available online for people who want to get started in Amateur Radio. A good starting place is to visit your local Amateur Radio Club and meet some local Radio Amateurs. Find yourself an "Elmer" (the amateur radio term for a ham radio mentor) or a class schedule at the club. Also learn about opportunities to to take the exam locally. There is a list of NC Amateur Radio Clubs available at

Online Resources

  1. Find an Amateur Radio Class in Your Area At ARRL National Site
  2. Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area At ARRL National Site
  3. Sample tests are online at the AA9PW FCC Exam Practice. There is a Java Applet that generates tests and will either grade them as you go or grade them at the end.