Amateur Radio is a fascinating hobby that has broad appeal. More than 600,000 people in the United States are licensed in the Amateur Radio Service. Since the dawn of the Radio Era, licensed Amateur Radio operators have made significant and critical contributions to radio, television, and other communication technologies. Designing, building, and modifying electronic communications equipment is only one aspect of the hobby. Talking with fellow Amateurs throughout the world certainly has its appeal as does serving the public during disasters and other emergencies.
Today, becoming a licensed Amateur Radio operator is easier than ever. The requirement to learn Morse Code, a long-time impediment to licensing for many, has been eliminated. Three license classes exist with the entry-level Technician Class requiring passing a 25 question exam. The General Class requires passing a 35 question exam and the top level Extra Class requires passing a 50 question exam.
If you're interested in joining the exciting world of Amateur Radio, you can take the Technician Class exam at a location near you.
§97.1 Basis and purpose.
The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a
fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:
- Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
- Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.
- Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art.
- Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.