Become a Licensed HAM Radio Operator at the Preparedness Summit

HAM Radio photoIncidents over the past year have once again demonstrated that developing a robust and reliable system for communicating during a disaster continues to be a challenging task. Landlines tend to be one of the first victims of natural and manmade disasters, with cell phone networks generally close behind. During times of disaster, many organizations are turning to amateur radio (HAM radio) to maintain communications and ensure continuity of operations.

Become a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator

On Thursday, April 3,Volunteer Examiners will be on-site at the Preparedness Summit to administer the Federal Communication Commission’s amateur radio examination. This examination is required to become a HAM radio operator. The examination costs $15 dollars and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Learn About HAM Radio

NACCHO will be hosting a series of free webinars designed to educate the preparedness community about HAM radio and prepare them for the examination.The webinars will be recorded and made available on NACCHO’s website. In addition, NACCHO is hosting an in-person ‘HAM-Cram’ review session the night before the examination at the Preparedness Summit to ensure your success! If you are interested in participating in the webinars and/or taking the HAM radio license exam at the Summit please sign up for more information.

HAM Radio Test Resources

Operation of an amateur radio requires an operator license granted by the Federal Communications Commission. There are three classes of license: Technician Class, General Class, and Amateur Extra Class. Before receiving a license, you must pass an examination. Most new amateur radio operators start with the Technician Class operator license. There are numerous resources to help you prepare for the Technician examination. The American Radio Relay League provides resources and information for individuals seeking licensure. Numerous study guides, question banks and resources are available for little to no cost.

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About Andy Roszak

Andrew Roszak serves as the Senior Director for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Catastrophic Response at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Twitter: @AndyRoszak

One thought on “Become a Licensed HAM Radio Operator at the Preparedness Summit

  1. January 30, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I hope you don’t mind, but I’d just like to mention my No-Nonsense amateur radio license study guides. They are widely used throughout the amateur radio community for “ham cram” classes and the more traditional, multi-week amateur radio classes. The Technician Class and General Class study guides are available free of charge from

    Also, at the risk of sounding like a “grammar cop,” HAM should not be capitalized as it’s not an acronym, simply a nickname for amateur radio.

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