Learning & Licensing

Class of License
In case you are unaware, three classes of Amateur Radio are currently available to you. The entry level license is the Technician. The intermediate level, the General, and the Amateur Extra is the highest level amateur license issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Though it was required at one time, currently no FCC license requires any knowledge of Morse Code. In order to obtain the Technician Class License, the applicant must pass the FCC Element 2 exam. The General Class License requires the passage of both the FCC Element 2 and Element 3 tests, and the Amateur Extra License requires passage of Elements 2, 3 and 4. There are essentially no other requirements, and no age limit. You don't even have to be a US Citizen, though you may not be an employee of a foreign government. Otherwise, if you pass the test, you get the license.

Classes Offered
Yearly, the members of the Anne Arundel Radio Club (AARC) provide FREE courses to help those interested in obtaining their Technician and/or General Class licenses. Click on the link above to find out more.  Occasionally other courses may be offered, including beginning Morse Code. Though not a license requirement, International Morse Code is still used by a growing number of 'hams' world wide. We also provide an online Morse Code Course for those who wish to study independently.