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Ham Radio License Information

Technician Class License - FAQ

Parent Category: License Category: Exam

Frequently Asked Questions - Technician Class License

Q: What is the Technician amateur radio license?
A: The Technician license is the introductory amateur radio license. There are a total of three license types: Technician, General and Extra. Each license type, beyond the entry level Technician, provide additional operating frequency privileges.

Q: What can I do with the Technician amateur radio license?
A: The Technician license allows you to operate an amateur radio station on all amateur radio frequencies above 30 MHz. The Technician frequency privileges include the popular 2 meter band where most local and area communication occurs. An amateur with the Technician license can use voice repeaters using a mobile or hand-held radio to communication with other hams in the area or around the world via Internet connections or amateur radio satellites. Many hams use their technician license to participate as severe weather storm spotters or to provide emergency communications support.

Q: Do I have to know Morse code to get my amateur radio license?
A: Morse code is no longer required for any amateur radio license. However, it is still an accepted mode of radio communication. There are many hams that choose to learn Morse code and use it on a regular basis. It still has its purpose in radio communications.

Q: Are there any age requirements to get an amateur radio license?
A: No, anyone can obtain an amateur radio license as long as they pass the license exam.

Q: What topics are covered on the Technician license exam?
A: The Technician license exam, known as Element 2, consists of 35 multiple-choice questions. The test covers basic FCC rules, communications methods and procedures, basic electronics and safety topics. A passing score is 70% or 26 questions answered correctly.

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Repeater Frequencies

Crockett, Texas
Output Input Tone
145.31 144.71 103.5
146.70 146.10 123.0
443.60 448.60 100.0
444.225 449.225 103.5
HCARC Call Sign: WA5EC  

 

 

 


 

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