Thanks for your interest in Amateur (Ham) Radio.


Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectrum for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. The term “amateur” is used to specify persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest, and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire) or professional two-way radio services (such as taxis, etc). Amateur radio operation is coordinated by the International Telecommunication Union and licensed by the individual national governments that regulate technical and operational characteristics of transmissions and issue individual stations with an identifying call sign. Prospective amateur operators are tested for their understanding of key concepts in electronics and the host government’s radio regulations. Amateurs use a variety of voice, text, image and data communications modes and have access to frequency allocations throughout the RF spectrum to enable communication across a city, a region, a country, a continent or the whole world. An estimated two million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio. -Wikipedia

To Get Your Amateur Radio License…

Step 1:

CLICK HERE to download a FREE study guide for the Technician Exam from this website.  This is an outstanding PowerPoint slide show, and if you spend an hour each night for about 2-3 weeks you should be very well prepared for the test. And/Or CLICK HERE to purchase a Technician Class study manual.

Step 2:

CLICK HERE to take FREE practice exams online to determine when you are ready for the actual exam.

Step 3 (optional):

Attend a 6-hour “Ham Cram” study session sponsored members of the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (PARC). This course will provide participants with everything they need to know to pass the FCC Technician license exam. Every question in the question pool is covered. The course does not attempt to go far beyond the minimum required by the FCC. Knowledge of Ohm’s Law type algebra (E = I x R and ? = 300 / MHz) and memorization of some items is required.

At a minimum, students should study one or both of the study guides listed in Step 1 above before taking the class.

A Technician test session will be offered following the Ham Cram course.

  • The next Ham Cram quarterly study session will be:

  • Saturday April 12, 2014 at 1900 Line Avenue at 8:00 am. We will take a working lunch and pizza will be provided–you are welcome to bring a sack lunch if you prefer and a microwave is available. Bring a photo ID and $15 (cash, check, or money order) if you plan to take the Technician test after the Ham Cram session. Also, you may want to bring a calculator (not a smart phone) for use during the test


$25 registration fee

Step 4:

When you are ready to take the exam you can join us at our next scheduled club meeting which is always followed by a licensing and upgrade exam session. The Panhandle Amateur Radio Club meets on the first Saturday of each month at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo. If you are not able to attend a club meeting for license exam, we can schedule a private test session for you anytime. CLICK HERE or email to schedule a private test session for either an individual or a group. The fee for testing is $15 payable by cash, check, or money order and you will need to provide a photo ID for the exam.

Please CLICK HERE or email to let us know how else we can help you learn more about this enjoyable hobby!


Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, is the PARC ARRL Contact VE for the purpose of scheduling and coordination of VE sessions

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