FAQ

Club FAQ

Amateur Radio is a hobby enjoyed across the nation and the world. One of the primary purposes of Amateur Radio is emergency preparedness—if a natural disaster occurs, often the only available form of communication is via radio. Amateur Radio Operators aid in this by supplying necessary communications as a public service.

The easiest way to get involved with our club is to come to a meeting! If you cannot make our regular meetings, you can also send us an email or contact us though our repeater.

This club is open to all UNC Charlotte students, alumni, faculty, and staff. In order to join, apply on NinerEngage or email us. You are not required to have a radio license to join. We may also have events that the general public may attend.

Licensing FAQ

An Amateur Radio license is a license granted by the Federal Communications Commission and allows the holder to operate on a predefined range of frequencies with some restrictions.

To get an Amateur Radio license, you must take and pass a multiple choice exam.

The exam is a 4-question multiple choice exam. The exams must be taken in order from Technician to General to Amateur Extra. You cannot skip exams. The exam is slightly different for each class of license.
License Class Required Score New Test Pool
Technician 26/35 30 June 2022
General 26/35 30 June 2023
Amateur Extra 37/50 30 June 2020

We recommend this website to study for the exam. In addition, ARRL has a textbook for each class of license.

You should bring a number 2 pencil, your ID, a copy of your previous Amateur Radio license if you have one, a basic calculator, and enough money to cover the fee if any.

Yes. Most testing groups will allow you to attempt the exam 2-3 times at a minimum if time permits.

Yes. Once you pass one exam, you can attempt the next class of license exam on the same testing day. It is possible to go from Unlicensed to Amateur Extra in one sitting.

There are currently 5 different classes of license. Novice, Technician, General, Advanced, and Amateur Extra. Novice and Advanced are retired and can no longer be obtained.

Different classes of license define what frequencies, power limits, and modes a holder may use.

We recommend this chart for referencing frequency allocations for each license class.