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18079.9
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14274.0
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14076.0
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R7RIB
2121
28480.1
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3638.5
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28480.1
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VP6EU
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28480.0
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VP6EU
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3707.0
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AO5ANT
2121
3730.0
EA4EUY
EA4EUY
2120
14280.0
W1HS
IZ4JUK
2120
21026.0
N2TU
TX5T
2120
14217.0
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28480.1
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18140.0
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2120
7105.0
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2120
10103.0
K9GL
T77C
2120
10119.0
OK1NU
LU1YT
2120
14016.0
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ZB2TT
2120
14267.0
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SV2CXI
2119
7007.0
W3LPL
TA1PB
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28420.0
WA6SCW
CX8DS
2118
14267.0
N9ITB
SV2CXI
2118
3767.0
EB1ASA
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1838.0
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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

23 Feb 2017 2049 GMT
SFI: 83
SN: 17
A Index : 10
K Index : 3 / No Report
X-Ray : B1.0
304A : 114.9 @ SEM
Ptn Flx : 1.49e-01
Elc Flx : 4.30e+01
Aurora :  3 / N = 1.99
Mag (Bz) :  7.2
Solar Wind : 556.2 km/s
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Noise : S2-S3
foF2 : 7.4
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