Getting Your License

Getting your amateur license is easy.  You will need to learn basic radio technology and the FCC rules for the Amateur Radio Service, study the published question pool so you’re not surprised by any of the questions, and then take the test, typically offered for free at local hamfests.  The ARRL offers comprehensive information for aspiring amateurs and the Laurel Volunteer Examiner Coordinator regularly offers the exams.

Here are some links to get you started preparing for the test:

And when you’re ready, one place that gives exams is the Laurel Volunteer Examiner Coordinator.

Our current training session’s videos are at

We also have experts ready to “Elmer” you on your journey, whether you want to get your first license or upgrade.  Email us at with your question and we’ll find someone to help.

We periodically teach classes for both Technician and General Class amateur radio licenses followed by testing by the combined Frederick/Carroll amateur radio club. Send us an email if you’d like more information.

Got your license but don’t know where to start?  Check out

Consider the great used equipment offered by MMARSI, a nonprofit that uses revenue from sales to support first responder’s communications needs.  Their current hardware list can be found here.