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Step 1: Basic Requirements To become a licensed Ham Radio operator, you must be at least 18 years old, or if under 18, have written consent from a parent or legal guardian. You must also pass a written exam and obtain a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) registration number known as a FRN.

Step 2: Choose the Level of License There are three levels of Ham Radio licenses: Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. Each license requires passing a progressively more difficult exam. You can start with the Technician level, which allows you to use all amateur frequencies above 30 MHz. General level and Amateur Extra level licenses have more privileges and allow you to operate on additional frequencies.

Step 3: Study for the Exam There are several resources available to help you study for the exam. You can self-study using online materials, books, or classes. Online resources such as Ham Radio Prep offer study guides and practice exams. You can also attend in-person classes or take online courses to prepare for the exam.

Step 4: Take Your Exam In-Person or Remote Once you feel prepared, you can schedule to take your exam at a local testing center or attend a remote exam session. You will need to bring valid identification and your FCC registration number. The exam typically consists of multiple-choice questions covering topics such as radio theory, operating practices, and regulations.

Congratulations, You've Earned Your License! After passing the exam, you will receive your Ham Radio license and call sign from the FCC. You can then begin operating on the frequencies allowed by your license. Remember to always follow proper operating procedures and regulations.