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Getting Started in Ham Radio

Getting started in amateur radio has never been easier or less expensive than it is today. Prior to 2007 you were required to know Morse code and pass a Morse code test (sending and receiving) before you could obtain any class of license. Knowledge of Morse code is no longer a requirement.

Our group offers licensing classes on a regular basis. We will help you through the licensing process. Once you have a license:

Many start out in the hobby purchasing an inexpensive hand held VHF radio and talking on local repeaters. This type of radio is available for less than $40.00.

The hobby is wide ranging and it may take some experimentation to determine which aspects of it you enjoy the most. You may want to do this before making any larger equipment purchases. The West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group operates a radio room inside the South Florida Science Center. Join us and you will be able to use our equipment while you determine which equipment you eventually want to buy for yourself.

Amateur radio operators have many choices for Things To Do. Want to know more? Come to one of our meetings or events listed on meetup.com. We can't wait to meet you.