Ham radio sounds great considering the hurricanes and other emergencies we experience in
I'm not a ham, but how do I become one?
You get a ham radio license by passing a test. Don't worry, no Morse Code is required. Passing the tests
is easy, because each test is multiple choice, and
the pool of questions and answers is published in advance. All you have to do is memorize the
answers. It doesn't get easier than that.
Below are several ham radio clubs that we believe are offering ham radio licensing tests in the Houston
area during the pandemic; however, there may be others. Please contact them for their testing schedules:
This basic license gives you operating privileges (i.e., transmit and receive) on the VHF and UHF frequencies
VHF and UHF radio communications are line-of-sight and are assisted by "repeaters" (similar to
that extend your range. VHF and UHF are usually used for local communications in your area or
This Technician license will allow you to participate in GHSN's VHF simplex nets, assuming
you have access to radio equipment!
This intermediate-level license gives you everything you get from the Technician license,
plus operating privileges on the HF frequencies.
HF frequencies bounce off the atmosphere and earth, so signals can propagate hundreds or
of miles, if you have the right equipment. When you hear about hams talking to people across the
country or on another continent, they're using HF frequencies.
Amateur Extra License:
This advanced license give you everything you get from the General license,
plus operating privileges on wider bands on the HF frequencies.
For detailed information on getting licensed, please see these two links from the
ARRL (American Radio Relay League):