About the different levels of amateur radio licenses

Amateur radio operators (hams), because of the extended privileges they have to create and use radios on the air, are required to be licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). There are three classes of license:

Class Examination Difficulty Privileges
Technician Easy. The course material covers radio basics and safety material. Very simple calculations. Line of sight communications using relatively inexpensive radios. Good for local communications. Entry-level equipment is approximately $200 to $300, although you can spend more. See here for a discussion of how much it costs to become a Technician operator.
General Somewhat harder. More detailed radio material, including some straightforward calculations. Worldwide and local communications. Requires more significant equipment. Entry level equipment starts around $1000. Again, you can spend more! See here for a discussion of how much it costs to become a General operator.
Amateur Extra Quite difficult—not at an engineering level, but close. Same as General, except on additional frequencies. Also permitted to administer examinations.

Learn more by clicking on the links in the right hand column for the Technician license, General license, and Amateur Extra license.

5 Responses to About the different levels of amateur radio licenses

  1. Nathan Gordon KK6YFQ says:

    Dave, What do you mean by, “Extra Quite difficultnot at an engineering level, but close.”? Other than getting a degree in electrical engineering or passing a State’s professional engineering examination for electrical engineering, how does one designate themselves a “radio engineer”? Your YouTube videos were instrumental in my passing the Extra class exam today. Thank you for posting the videos and thank you in advance for answering my questions. 73! KK6YFQ

  2. Dave says:

    Edward, go to my website at http://www.ke0og.net/training. That page will tell you everything you need to know. Watch the video on that page. Good luck!

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  4. Dave says:

    Hi Victoria, be sure to go to http://www.ke0og.net/training for the latest information about what book to order. I looked at the page you commented on and discovered it was out of date. I’ve corrected it. Sorry, I don’t know any of the Stevensons.

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