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No longer do United States Citizens need to learn the Morse Code to pass any of the Amateur Radio License Tests for their Amateur Radio License. You can study to get your entry level Amateur Radio License, the Technician Class License.  With your Technician Class License you can begin talking with other Ham Radio Operators in your town and help with working your Ham Radio Club's special events. Click over to How to get your Amateur Radio Operator's License to find many resources to aid you in studying for your ticket to this great radio service. In just a few days if not weeks you too can begin making friends from all over the world via Amateur Radio, or maybe just in your local area chatting with new friends on the 2 meter repeaters.

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What is Amateur Radio?

The FCC's definition is; "A radio communication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest." However, ask any "Ham" out there and you might get as many different answers. Unlike CB Radio, who can only communicate on 40 channels of a small portion of the 27 MHz section of the radio spectrum and can only communicate using voice (SSB and AM). Amateur Radio operators have 10 different bands of frequencies below 30 MHz and can communicate using many different forms including Morse Code, several different digital modes, television signals, voice modes such as SSB, FM and AM. Many Amateur Radio Operators use output powers over 1,000 watts.

Most Amateur radio sets sold today have output powers up to 100 watts while the CB radio sets, by law, can not be over 12 watts PEP on SSB. If Amateur Radio were to have a menu on just what you could do with it, that menu would be as large as a telephone book. As a matter of fact, the ARRL Amateur Radio Handbook is as large as a telephone book and covers about everything the Radio Ham might want to use their Amateur Radio Station for. I don't have all night to explain to you all that Amateur Radio covers and the many many different methods of communicating. It would take me a year to share it here on my web site. So if you are wanting to explore Amateur Radio, purchase the Handbook from my Amazon link you see here, or maybe look up a local Amateur Radio Club. You will find that most Ham Radio Clubs are a friendly bunch and will assist you in getting your Amateur Radio License.

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