Getting Started

There are as many reasons for getting into ham radio as there are people that are interested in the hobby.

A few of the things that you can do are:
-Talk Around The World (without wires or the internet)
-Use The Original Wireless Technology – Morse Code (CW) Voice or Digital
-Talk With Astronauts On Board The ISS Or Bounce Signals Off Of The Satellites
-Talk With Other Amateurs around the area or across the country
-Help Your Community In Times Of Emergency Using Your Amateur Radio
-Participate in public safety efforts such as Storm spotting, parades and marathons
-Countless other ways to experience the hobby PLUS learn about electronics, computers and more!

Locally many of us participate in the following events:
-Skywarn/storm spotting
-Chaska River City Days
-Belle Plaine half marathon
-Twin City marathon
-Arlidazzle
-Gaylord Eggstravaganza

Take a look at the following links to find out more about “What Ham Radio Is”.
Link 1
Link 2

All you need to get started is a Technician Class Amateur Radio License, granted by the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC). The license is granted by the FCC after the successful completion of a Technician Level (Element 2) Exam. More information on the licensing/testing process can be found here.

We invite you to join us for a meeting to discuss some of the things that each of us enjoy with the hobby.

Meeting Information

 

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