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2023
7132.5
DG8ZO
OY/MM0ZBH
2022
7132.5
IU2IDO
OY/MM0ZBH
2022
7132.5
IU4FJI
OY/MM0ZBH
2021
7132.5
TA4RC
OY/MM0ZBH
2021
3540.0
ON4LG
YU7AE/P
2021
3508.1
RT6C
JA8DRV
2021
7162.0
YY5ZZT
VK7AC
2021
7025.7
R5CW
HZ1BH/QRP
2021
7099.0
IZ1GDB
IQ1TO
2020
14200.0
EA8AAW
PY6RT
2020
14076.0
HA5CPN
LU6YED
2020
10115.0
K8WHA
M0BZH
2020
14250.3
KR0P
W0N
2020
14191.8
VE1SKY
VE100VIMY/VO
2020
14191.8
VE1SKY-@
VE100VIMY/VO
2019
14250.2
KR0P
W0N
2019
7141.0
YO8SJM-@
IU0APU
2019
7032.0
W3LPL
GD0OUD
2019
7148.0
ON7TQ-@
EX2V
2019
1838.0
IK8GYS
SP8CIV
2019
7095.0
EA1AT
YI3WHR
2018
3745.0
IK1YFE
IQ1AO
2018
7014.9
PA0RHA
R1611M
2018
1867.0
RW3O-@
RG61PP
2018
21076.9
LW2EIY
WD8ANZ
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Become a Ham!

Licensing, Education & Training

The Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club offers regular training classes for both Technician and General class licenses and VEC license testing. We also have a number of "Elmers" in the club to assist new hams getting on the air with a range of topics, including basic operating skills, station set up and use, QRP operating, contesting and antenna raising.

Check out the links on the right for more information about class schedules, VEC Testing, Elmers, and more.

 

Amateur Radio License Information

In order to transmit on the Amateur Radio bands, you need to hold the appropriate license. Currently, there are three license classes:

 

  • Technician
    • Limited mostly to the VHF bands and above, this is the entry level class which is achievable with some study of basic radio and electronic principles, safety and regulations governing amateur radio. You can study on your own with a wide range of reference material available (see links) or join a class hosted by a local club. The FSAARC usually runs a Technician class in the weeks leading up the the Hanging Judge Ham Fest in April each year.
  • General 
    • The General class license opens up the world of HF (High Frequency) operating, giving you access to "DX" (long distance) communications, contesting etc. The 35 question examination goes into a little more depth, and you need to complete the Technician examination as well.
  • Amateur Extra
    • For those interested in an in depth understanding of radio principles, operating and regulations, with access to all modes, frequencies and power levels, the Extra is for you. The 50 question examination is somewhat more challenging, but the achievement is well worth the effort. You also need to complete both the Technician and General class examinations.

For more information on Amateur Radio Licensing Classes, please follow this link to the FCC License Class page.

You no longer need to learn Morse Code to qualify for ANY license class. However, it can be fun and interesting, and is definitely a plus for certain amateur activities.

 

Please use the links on this page to get more information on amateur radio licensing, or send a message to the club webmaster using our Contact Us page.

Solar Data

30 Mar 2017 1959 GMT
SFI: 85
SN: 53
A Index : 21
K Index : 4 / No Report
X-Ray : B1.3
304A : 106.9 @ SEM
Ptn Flx : 3.31e-01
Elc Flx : 2.22e+04
Aurora :  4 / N = 1.99
Mag (Bz) :  -0.6
Solar Wind : 630.4 km/s
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80M - 40M
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Geo-Magnetic Field : ACTIVE
Noise : S3-S4
foF2 : 4.5
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