Amateur Radio Testing

From the ARRL

Amateur Radio is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the Communications Act of 1934. It is also subject to numerous international agreements. All Amateur Radio operators must be licensed. In the U.S., there are three license classes. The higher the class of license, the more frequencies are available. Earning each higher class license requires passing a more difficult examination. Although regulated by the FCC, license exams are given by volunteer groups of Amateur Radio operators. Operating under organizations called Volunteer Examiner Coordinators, volunteers administer and grade tests and report results to the FCC, which then issues the license. U.S. licenses are good for 10 years before renewal, and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government.



Testing in the Morongo Basin

Testing is provided by the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club on an on-demand basis. If you wish to be tested, please contact the testing coordinator Glenn Miller at n6giw@w6ba.net. Testing is available for all three license classes.



Operating Privleges

License Class Privileges Notes
Technician All amateur privileges above 50 MHz; limited CW, Phone, and Data privileges below 30 MHz None
General Technician privileges plus most amateur HF privileges None
Amateur Extra All amateur privileges Small exclusive sub-bands are added on 80, 40, 20, and 15 meters.



Downloadable Frequency Allocation Charts

Frequency Bands Chart [PDF] (8.5 X 11; grayscale)
Frequency Bands Chart [PDF] (8.5 X 11; black/white)
Frequency Bands Chart [PDF] (8.5 X 11; color)
Frequency Bands Chart [PDF] (11 X 17; color)
Frequency Bands Chart [PDF] VERTICAL (8.5 X 11; color