Getting your Ham Radio License


If you found this page, you are likely wanting to get your amateur (or ham) radio license. There are several techniques, including the one by W8WOT. None of these are wrong. Different people learn differently. This documents the technique that I used to get my amateur extra license.

I like to know the context and more on the subject and this approach satisfied that without having an Elmer, or person willing to teach radio, sit down and show me everything. This does take quite a bit of time to watch, read, and study. You will need to purchase the ARRL handbook for the license class you are studying for. If you are just starting and not sure where to begin, look for the Technician manual. This process also uses the Ham Study app. The website version is free and the mobile app costs a one-time nominal fee.

Here’s the process:

  1. David Casler on YouTube has a playlist for the technician manual. He does the same thing for the General and Amateur Extra licenses. First, you watch his video for the chapter and he’ll clarify what may be confusing and explain some more confusing parts.
  2. Read the section that he just talked about in the ARRL handbook.
  3. Sometimes, that might be enough, but to really grasp and review that section, you watch the W4EEY video on the same chapter. They will cover the content a little more in-depth, show you some tips and tricks and help explain what you just read a little more.
  4. Finally, you can do a review on Ham Study and practice the test questions. Once you are proficient with the questions and are able to pass the practice tests consistently around 85% to 90% or more, you are ready to take the test.

You can find in-person testing or virtual testing. I am a part of the Ham Radio Crash Course VE group and we do on-demand testing. So there are plenty of options to take the test and get your license.