Let me begin by saying right off that the FCC Amateur Radio Service is not a give-me.
To earn the Technician License, as well as the General License and the Amateur Extra license one must study and pass an exam.
I am saying this because some have believed that all they needed to do was take the exam without any study.
These guys usually fail the exam.
There are those who have had a lifetime in electronics and radio and they usually pass the exams with minimal study.
With a little study everyone can pass the Technician exam.
I am not trying to scare you because many school children regularly pass the Technician exam.
What I am saying is you need to study to pass the exam.
If you are not into self study there are several Technician classes around online and you are welcome to use them. The ARRL recommends the HamTestOnline Technician Class from the ARRL for those who want to study online. You may also shop directly from the HamTestOnline web site for the Technician Class from HamTestOnline.com.
David Casler, KE0OG
There are several online classes for the FCC Technician Class license.
One of these is David Casler, KE0OG, who has a Youtube video for each chapter in The ARRL Ham Radio (Technician Class) License Manual, fourth edition, for 2018 through 2022.
Mr. Casler describes an introduction to the Technician class in his Youtube presentation titled:
How to Get Your Ham Radio Tech License.
Mr. Casler's complete 37 Youtube videos can be found
If you are using a browser other than Internet Explorer Mr. Casler has a detailed web site.
You can start at
my ham radio home
where he describes amateur (HAM) radio.
At another web site he describes the three
levels of amateur radio licenses
with their differences in examination difficulty and their different privileges.
Since Mr. Casler is routinely updating his Youtube videos you might find it better to locate them through his web site.
For the Technician Class ham license go to
on-line help for your self study
Just a little way down this web site are links to all of his technician Youtube videos.
Gordon West, WB6NOA
Gordon West, WB6NOA, offers in-person classroom license training for all classes of FCC amateur radio. Mr. West offers in-person class around the country. You may locate these classes around the country here. Mr. West also trains HAMs around the country to be instructors.
The link the ARRL here contains links on the left to the ARRL reference to each chapter in the ARRL HAM Radio License Manual.
In 2003 the ARRL and King Schools produced a video course on DVD titled ARRL Technician Class Video Course For HAM Radio Licensing.
These videos are way out of date but they contain valuable information.
Some information in the DVDs are not related to current questions in the NCVEC Technician question pool.
But, that information is very valuable HAM information.
The information in these videos fly by very rapidly.
So feel free to re-watch these videos until you catch the information.
You can view these videos here.
If these videos are too fast for you then watch the
videos outlined above.
If you are still not into self study remember there are several Technician classes around online and you are welcome to use them. The ARRL recommends the HamTestOnline Technician Class from the ARRL for those who want to study online. You may also shop directly from the HamTestOnline web site for the Technician Class from HamTestOnline.com.
Most online FCC practice exam sites require you to create an account with them. That allows them to keep track of your answers. That way you can get a different set of questions for each practice exam you take. Also they can keep track of any questions you are having trouble answering correctly and re-ask those problem questions.
Those online FCC practice exams sites that charge a fee usually do more than inform you whether you answered a question correctly or not. These sites usually include online teaching to help you understand why you answered a question incorrectly.
ARRL Exam Review
After you go to ARRL Exam Review and create a login you will see the start page.
FCC Registration Number - FRN
Before you take your official exam you will need an FCC Registration Number called an FRN.
To get from here to there is a long path.
You can start at the
Then next stop is
Then we pass through the
Universal Licensing System or ULS.
Finally we enter the
COmmission REgistration System or CORES for the FCC.
Return to CORES
At some point you may need to return to CORES. When you need to go back to CORES just select CORES. And select the line Create, update and associate FRN(s). Or simply go to https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do. Under Username Login enter your email address and your password.
When you are ready to test, you can locate an exam session by going to the ARRL web site: find an amateur radio license exam session. At this web site, just go to the drop down box labeled "ARRL Section:" and select "North Texas". If you don't see any classes don't be discouraged. Go to the ARRL North Texas web site and email clubs and ask if they know of any exams.
You can also go to Ham Study and look at their chart of upcoming test sessions.
If you are having browser troubles going to Ham Study you can try going to Exam Tools and on the right is a link to HamStudy.
There any many places in the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex providing exams. Actually there are many places in North Texas providing exams. Each week in North Texas, except around the holidays, you will notice one or two places to test.
DURING THE COVID-19 ISOLATION THERE ARE STILL PLACES TO TEST AS WELL AS ONLINE EXAM SESSIONS.
The first item in the first list is "Join a club."
Since this web site is provided courtesy of the Garland Amateur Radio Club may I suggest that you join GARC.
Below is the sign up sheet for GARC.
Just print the form, fill it in, and snail mail it to GARC Treasurer, 1027B Austin Street, Garland Texas, 75040.
The GARC web site is at
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John Abbott, KF5FWK, Garland Amateur Radio Club, Education Director
Kathleen Abbott, KF5UEI, Proof Reader
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Changes last made on: Thursday August 13, 14:00:00 2020