ARRL Tech Q & A: Your quick & easy path to your FIRST ham by American Radio Relay League

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This form is used as an application for a new license or an upgraded license. The NCVEC Quick Form 605 is only used at license exam sessions. This form includes some information that the Volunteer Examiner Coordinator’s office will need to process your application with the FCC. See Figure 3. You should not use an NCVEC Quick Form 605 to apply for a license renewal or modification with the FCC. Never mail these forms to the FCC, because that will result in a rejection of the application. Likewise, an FCC Form 605 can’t be used for a license exam application.

You must renew your license before you may transmit. ) [Ham Radio License Manual, page 7-8] T1C12 Who may select a desired call sign under the vanity call sign rules? A. Only licensed amateurs with general or extra class licenses B. Only licensed amateurs with an extra class license C. Only an amateur licensee who has been licensed continuously for more than 10 years D. 19] — All amateurs are allowed to request vanity call signs from the call sign groups that are authorized to their license class.

The vast majority of beginners earn the most basic license, the Technician, before beginning to study for the other licenses. Table 1 lists the amateur license classes you can earn, along with a brief description of their exam requirements and operating privileges. A Technician license gives you the freedom to develop operating and technical skills through on-the-air experience. These skills will help you upgrade to a higher class of license and obtain additional privileges. The Technician exam, called Element 2, covers some basic radio fundamentals and knowledge of some of the rules and regulations in Part 97 of the FCC Rules.

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