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.

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.

We are currently conducting an on-line Zoom Technician class.  There will be six recorded lessons.  We will post them as soon as they are ready and will keep them on-line until November 14, 2020.

  1. Lesson 1
  2. Lesson 2
  3. Lesson 3
  4. Lesson 4
  5. Lesson 5
  6. Lesson 6

Got your license but don’t know where to start?  Check out our New Ham Guide.