Accountability time. One of my goals at the start of the year was to earn my amateur radio license before the end of March As I do that, I wanted to take a minute and talk about why I think a ham radio license is a worthy pursuit and my plan for getting there. Communications is yet another skill that I think people should add to their toolbox.
Three types of licenses for ham radio operators are being granted today: Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. By taking progressively more challenging exams, you gain access to more frequencies and operating privileges. After you pass a specific test level, called an element, you have permanent credit for it as long as you keep your license renewed. This system allows you to progress at your own pace. Your license is good for ten years, and you can renew it without taking an exam.
A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio. The FCC will issue a new call sign and a new license when the Technician exam is passed. Please refer to Expired License Credit section below.
There are so many unanswered questions for the new HAM enthusiast. This is true, but good luck figuring out a HAM radio, without the internet to help you. Otherwise you may be stuck using a CB for your comms. Got to get my local recon somewhere. The image below shows the wrong expand, expand the most recent version of the exam you are taking!