Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. There are three different license classes that afford the licensed operator increasing levels of privilege:
- Technician class
- General class
- Extra class.
All exam questions are published in print and online for ease of studying. If you are interested in getting licensed you have a variety of options for training: local classes in the South Bay hosted by ham radio clubs, books, audio CDs, flashcards and online simulated testing. Once you area ready to sit for the exam, you can schedule your exam in advance, or find a walk-in location. The South Bay Amateur Radio Club hosts VE testing every other month (February, April, June, August, October, & December) at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Healthcare Conference Center. Please see our calendar for our next test session. The cost is $15.00.
ARRL Test Information (view the Club’s information or find another location): http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session
As mentioned above, our club offers ham exam testing every other month. If you would like to get involved with testing and become a Volunteer Examiner (VE) you will need to download the Volunteer Examiner Manual and take the 40 question open book exam through ARRL. Once you have received your badge and certificate, you can contact Betty, N6VZF, SBARC VE Team Liaison, to express your interest.
ARRL VE Examiner Information: http://www.arrl.org/become-an-arrl-ve