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1631
18085.9
W3LPL
CN8KD
1631
7045.4
F4HMR
OF9X
1631
21280.0
LU5VV
5T5TI
1631
14015.9
WA7AA-@
5H3PM
1631
18140.0
G0DEF
FS/K9NU
1631
21280.0
W4MEA-@
5T5TI
1631
14019.0
VE2WU
GM0EWX
1630
14016.0
W1HBR
5H3PM
1630
14241.0
AA5VU
N3EWW
1630
14015.9
WA4JQS
5H3PM
1629
7034.0
N2CX-@
N2CX
1629
7142.0
UR5MKB-@
UR5MKB
1628
14035.1
N2IC
IT9SSI
1628
18140.0
IZ7GIT
FS/K9NU
1628
21019.9
PY4EP
LU1DK
1628
3785.0
LZ2YO
LZ4RE
1627
14015.9
N9ZI
5H3PM
1627
14337.0
PA1MR
J6/W6PNG
1627
14277.6
KE5TC-@
KE4MU
1627
14277.6
AD0P-@
KE4MU
1627
1824.0
IK6PRN
4O/KC0W
1627
14277.6
AA5VU
KE4MU
1627
14337.0
IV3TMT
J6/W6PNG
1626
7099.0
EA4GJP
EC2AMN/P
1626
14154.0
IZ0OTV
KN1W
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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

05 Dec 2016 1630 GMT
SFI: 82
SN: 37
A Index : 2
K Index : 1 / No Report
X-Ray : B1.1
304A : 114.9 @ SEM
Ptn Flx : 1.53e-01
Elc Flx : 2.21e+03
Aurora :  1 / N = 1.99
Mag (Bz) :  -3.7
Solar Wind : 335.7 km/s
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Geo-Magnetic Field : VR QUIET
Noise : S0-S1
foF2 : 6.2
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