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Whether you’re looking to get on the air for the first time or take your interest in amateur radio to a new level, ARRL has over 100 years of experience supporting hams in pursuing their interest in amateur radio.


What Should I Do Now That I Have My License?

We'll answer this and many of your other questions on this page which launched in June, 2021. Check back often as we collect and respond to some fo the most common questions new hams have about getting active, involved and on the air? Got a question? Submit it to

Sign up for Free monthly tips and techniques from On the Air magazine

The email features curated stories from ARRL’s On the Air magazine along with original content that will help beginner to intermediate radio operators start operating and get active in amateur radio.  

New to Amateur Radio?

What is Ham Radio?
Introductory videos and information on amateur radio.

Getting Your Ham Radio License
Learn about getting licensed and the rules to operate legally.

Find a Class in Your Area
Need help preparing for your exam? Search our database for upcoming classes in your area.

Technician Class Question Pool

Download a current copy of the Technician class question pool.

Ham Radio Glossary

Stuck on ham radio terms and lingo? Get the meanings here.

Find an Exam Session in your Area
Ready to take your exam? Search our database for exam sessions in your area.

On the Air Magazine Free Sample

Not an ARRL Member? Read a sample of On the Air magazine, for beginner to intermediate ham radio operators.

What is a repeater?
Check out this detailed read on what a repeater is and how to use them. 

Operating References 
An operator’s guide to UTC time, the phonetic alphabet, the RST system, and other guidelines.

Experienced Ham Resources

ARRL Magazines FREE Sample
Non-members can receive a free sample of QST, On the Air, NCJ, and QEX.

Public Service
Learn how you can get involved with Public Service using ham radio. 

Your ARRL membership includes technical information services support from the ARRL Lab.

Amateur Radio Emergency Services

Learn about (ARES) and how you can get involved.

Need Advice? - Our Technical Info Service experts can help
Here’s some technical help on what you may be looking for.

Find a Club near you
Want to join a ham radio club? Search the database for a club in your area.

Latest news from the Amateur Radio Community
Read current news and features.

Publications and Products
See what’s new at the ARRL Online Store.

OTA Blog - Member generated content
Read the monthly OTA Blog including member stories, and learn how you can contribute.




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