Amateur Radio, also known as "ham radio", is an
exciting & fun hobby involving radio and communications.
But that's not all!
Ham radio encompasses a vast range of activities including:
- talking and making friends around the globe
- electronic and computer technology
- emergency and public service communications
- contesting and awards
- weather spotting
- satellite and space station communications
- and many more.
Amateur Radio is supported and encouraged by national organizations such as the
American Radio Relay League (ARRL),
and hundreds of local groups like the Northern
Kentucky Amateur Radio Club (NKARC).
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Amateur Radio is not Citizens Band
(CB), the Family Radio Service (FRS), or
the General Mobile Radio Service
(GMRS). However, it is open to anyone,
and has much more potential.
To become a ham radio operator you must first pass a written
exam in order
to obtain a
and station call sign issued by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC). Amateur Radio license study material may be
found in libraries, book stores or online. For example,
Ham Radio License Manual by the ARRL. Also, free online study and practice exam sites
exist such as:
The NKARC offers free Amateur Radio license testing,
usually immediately preceding each regular, monthly club meeting.
Our club is open to anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio,
licensed or not. If you are already a ham, please join us at
our next meeting. If not, come and learn how to become a ham.
Also, please check out NKARC on Facebook,
is welcomed at NKARC!