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Becoming A Ham

The first step in becoming a ham is typically to attend a class offered by an local amatuer radio club. The Sante Fe Trail Amateur Club offers classes to assist individuals in obtaining an FCC license required to become a Ham. The typical first step is to obtain a Technician Class FCC License.

A chart of Band Chart and modes provides a view of your operating privilages with each license type. More information on seveal common operating modes is provided from the Operating Modes menu item in this WEB site. 

Practical Considerations for new Hams


 The available license classes are (click a link below for more info):

Technician (2018)

Morse Code (CW) (2018)

General (2019)

Extra (2020 - Pending)

License Test Sessions are held regularly. Check the requirements for taking the test as established by the individual testing organization.

A description of the history of Amateur Radio Licensing may be found the the following Wiki page.

Amateur Radio Licensing in the United States

Classes are offered as the need arises.  Click the links above for details for each License type.