There are several ways to study and test for your Amateur Radio License:
1) Classroom, over a period of time and usually for free
2) Cram and test in one day (test is $14 or $15)
3) Self-Study, via either the internet for free or with professional manuals/flashcards for a price — take the exam later.
4) Exam (cost of $14 or $15)
Below are links to self-study options:
And below are links to free, independent study courses online at fema.gov
These courses are highly recommended by city emergency managers, ARES and RACES, for licensed amateur radios to take to further their emergency response communications skills:
Below are some of our Net and Meeting Training items that have been presented in the past:
S.E.N.D. Protocol by John Jacobs, W7DBO
We have had good success with the following antennas, and recommend them:
Harvest Dual Band 144/430MHZ Extendable SMA-Male Antenna
Harvest Dual Band 144/430MHZ Extendable SMA Female Antenna
This is for your HT handheld radio. Several of our members use this antenna as a replacement for the antenna that came with the radio. It works extremely well and has a good SWR reading. Be sure to get the correct SMA connection for your radio, either male or female.
Dual Band VHF/UHF Portable Emergency Antenna (Rollup, good for radio go kit)
This antenna will work with either your HT, mobile or base radio and comes with several types of adapters. It has worked well and fits nicely in a go bag for emergency use.
Prolific USB to Comm Port Drivers for Win 7 and Win 8
These drivers are for when using radio-programming software, such as CHIRP.
Win 7: Before downloading the zipped file below, be sure to remove the “.key” extension and replace it with “.zip”:
Win 8: Before downloading the zipped file below, be sure to remove the “.key” extension and replace it with “.zip”. The 332102 version of the PL2303 Prolific USB to Comm Port Driver is an older version of the driver. But that is okay because it works just fine with Windows 8, as none of the newer versions of this driver will work with Windows 8.
PL2303 Prolific Windows 8 USB Comm Port Driver 332102
CHIRP Amateur Radio Programming Software
CHIRP is a free, open-source tool for programming your amateur radio. It supports a large number of manufacturers and models. CHIRP’s focus is to support reading and writing the memory channels of as many radio models as possible. This provides the ability to exchange your programming information between dissimilar radios. Here is the download page. The Beginner’s Guide will get you going and the FAQ is helpful. Youtube videos for Chirp radio software are also available.