Be a Radio Amateur
Want to get an Amateur Radio license or upgrade? Want to help others get licensed or teach using ham radio? Looking for public service training or serving as part of ARRL’s ARES field training team? You can even arrange an Amateur Radio contact for your students with the International Space Station!
Why Should I Get Licensed?
Before you go on air, you need to be licensed and know the rules. Learn More
Proposal Window for Scheduled Contacts in the US Opens September 1
The US partners of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program are seeking formal and informal educational institutions and organizations in the US, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
List your 2016 (and beyond) ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) sponsored exam sessions quickly and easily using our online form. Registering well in advance of the exam date ensures the information reaches potential candidates!
FCC QUESTION POOL REVISED FOR JULY 1, 2016
The FCC question pool for Amateur Radio Extra license exams has been revised and will be effective for exams conducted on or after July 1, 2016. ARRL will produce new study materials in preparation for the new Extra exam. Manuals will be available the first week of May at the ARRL store.
NEW INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL
ARRL has produced a new Technician and General Class Instructor’s Manual which provides lesson plans that follow the current Technician student study manual, the 3rd edition of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, and the new 8th edition of the ARRL General Class License Manual.
FCC GOES PAPERLESS
In order to streamline procedures and save money, the FCC stopped routinely printing and mailing licenses in February 2015. There are a number of ways a license holder can obtain an official FCC copy of their license. Licensees can find complete instructions on our Obtain License Copy web page.
ARRL Registered Instructors may list upcoming classes on our website using our online form.
Be a Volunteer Examiner
Volunteer Examiners (VEs) are licensed radio amateurs holding a General Class license or higher, who offer their time to administer the FCC licensing tests.
Find A License Class
Find a license class offered in your local area. Learn More
Find an Exam Session
Find a ham radio exam session in your community. Tests are given regularly. Learn More
FCC License Info and Forms
ARRL can provide helpful FCC information about licensing requirements, forms, fees and regulations. Learn More
Get on the Air
You've got your license, now what? Find resources to help you set up your first station, get on the air and have fun! Learn More
Ham Radio in the Classroom
Bring Amateur Radio and wireless technology literacy to America's classrooms. Learn More
College Students and Educators
Check out Amateur Radio resources for college/university-level STEM students and educators interested in RF and communications. Learn More
Ham Radio is FUN! Find resources for getting active and getting on-the-air... Learn More
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program provides a thrilling introduction to space exploration. Learn More
Teaching a ham radio class? Here's a collection of resources for volunteer instructors, radio clubs and mentors (Elmers). Learn More
Courses are currently available for Public Service and Emergency Communications. Learn More