is both a
hobby and a service – better known as "Ham radio".
Unlike most hobbies, however, Ham operators are licensed by their
government. In the United States it's the Federal
Commission. The Federal Communications Commission allows
operators many privileges because the hobby is partially based on
service to the general public, and Hams can be relied on to assist
during emergencies. Groups of amateur operators meet annually
practice handling emergency communications in the field and to compete
against other groups nationwide in performing certain emergency related
tasks. Amateur operators may set up warning and relief
during the hurricane and tornado seasons, and handle communication when
telephone lines and cell towers are damaged by disasters.
order to use an amateur radio, applicants must pass a test, which
varies depending on the country. There are several test levels,
one granting more privileges to the operator, such as range of
frequencies and antenna power, and special call sign choices.
the United States the basic license is the Technician
which is granted after an applicant passes a 35-question written exam
on basic FCC regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory,
with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. The next higher
of license is the
which is granted after the applicant passes another 35-question written
exam on more advanced radio practices, radio theory, and antenna
theory. The highest class of amatuer license is the Amateur Extra
which is granted after the applicant passes a third written exam
consisting of 50 questions on some of the more obscure FCC regulations,
specialized operating practices, advanced electronics theory, and radio
equipment design. Extra Class licensees are authorized by the
to operate on all frequencies allocated to the Amateur Radio Service
and up to 1,500 watts of power.
County Amateur Radio Society
is authorized by the American
Radio Relay League to
administer FCC license testing. If
for a new license or an upgrade of your present license, we will be
happy to administer the test. Exam sessions are held immediately
after each monthly meeting at Cox's Family Restaurant in Morehead City.
Contact Carteret County Amateur Radio
for more information, or to arrange a time for your Technician
exam by one of our two ARRL Volunteer Examiner teams, or to
upgrade your current license to General or Amateur Extra.
There is a $15 fee to administer the FCC license
addition to a $35 fee payable to the FCC for new licenses.
All prospective candidates must have a Federal
Communication Commission (FCC) Registration Number (FRN) prior to
taking the FCC license exam.
FRN numbers are available on the FCC website at www.fcc.gov
|Frequently asked FCC Ham Radio
do I get an FRN number from
the FCC for my Ham license exam with Carteret County Amateur Radio
Go to the FCC website at www.fcc.gov
and click on the "FRN
FCC Registration Number" in the "Access Now" box in
the middle of the page.
Then select "REGISTER -
Create and receive your FRN"
link on that page. Then follow the prompts to create your
account. You will receive your FRN via email from the FCC
thereafter. You will need this FRN number to take your exam.
soon will I be able to use my radio once I sucessfully complete the
Carteret County Amateur Radio Society online exam?
candidates who pass the exam are required by FCC regulation to wait
until their FCC-issued call sign posts to the FCC online database
before they may use their newly earned privileges on the air.
has been our experience that new licensees receive their call sign
from the FCC via email within 24 to 36 hours normally. You
check to see if your new license has posted to the FCC database by
going to the FCC
and search using the FRN number the FCC issued you. Your
information will appear in the FCC database when your call sign is
issued and your license is valid.
kind of Ham radio should I buy?
are so many available options and personal preferences to this question
that it is impossible to provide a generic answer. We invite
join us at our Wednesday Morning Breakfast Social each Wednesday at
8:00 am at the Kountry Kitchen on 70 Hwy in Morehead City, or join us
one of our regular club meetings at Cox's Restaurant on 70 Hwy
Morehead City. The Carteret County Amateur Radio Society
over 100 years of combined Ham radio experience from our members, and
all are very eager to help new Hams discuss their options and the
features available on Ham radios today.
can I study for my upcoming FCC license exam?
are many free resources on the Internet for new candidates to study for
their initial Technician license, or for Hams to study to upgrade their
current license to General or Amateur Extra. www.HamStudy.org
is one of these many free resources.
long will my FCC online exam take and what experience should I expect?
FCC license test is not a timed exam. We find most of our
take about 30 ~ 45 minutes to complete their exam.
I take more than one exam per exam session?
Applicants who choose to do so many take the Technician,
or Amateur Extra exams all at the same session for the same $15 ARRL
fee, thereby saving themselves up to $30! Please advise our
Team when you contact us to schedule your Ham license exam if you would
like to take more than one exam at your testing session so we can
coordinate the time slot with our Volunteer Examiners.
many questions will be on my FCC license exam?
Technician and General license exams consist of 35 questions drawn
randomly from a pool of 50 questions. The Amateur Extra exam
consists of 50 questions drawn randomly from a 100-question pool.
The minimum passing score on all FCC Ham license exams is
can I become a Carteret County Amateur Radio Society Volunteer Examiner?
Carteret County Amateur Radio Society
welcomes all amateurs interested
in becoming an ARRL Volunteer Examiner to join one of our Volunteer
Examiner teams. To be eligible to be a Volunteer Examiner,
must hold a General or higher amateur radio license that is in good
standing, and must take a brief ARRL orientation course and a short
open-book review online. More information on becoming an ARRL
Volunteer Examiner can be found here.
I select the call sign I want?
Carteret County Amateur Radio Society Volunteer Examiner team does not
issue call signs, we only proctor your FCC examination and forward your
exam results to the ARRL for FCC processing. You
be issued a call sign by the FCC based on order of
from the FCC sequential call sign system. Once you
your amateur radio Ham license, you may request a vanity call sign of
your preference from the FCC website at any time. More
information on the FCC vanity call sign application process is avaiable
As of the date of this writing, the FCC charges a $35 fee per
vanity call sign application.
do I need to have with me when I take my FCC license exam?
are allowed to have a pencil, blank scratch paper, and a calculator if
desired. A government issued photo ID is required at the
the exam to verify the candidates identity to the Volunteer Examiners
proctoring the exam