Do you want to become an Amateur Radio Operator (Ham)?

The first step is talk to someone who is a Ham Radio Operator. They will be able to explain all of the details of Amateur Radio (Ham). Some people join the hobby to help out in emergency situations, others lend a hand with charity groups by providing professional communications for events such as the American Diabetes Walk, The American Heart Association walks, The New York City Marathon or even fun events like the Mamaroneck Turkey Trot. Some people just want to talk to others, some join to learn about communications and emerging technologies, others join to learn how to make world wide contacts using minimal equipment that one can actually build !

If you are interested in entering the fascinating world of Amateur Radio, please contact our education director at the following e-mail: or give a call to 914.741.6606. We will be happy to help you get started with the proper textbooks and additional help to give you the knowledge and confidence you need to pass your FCC Technician exam

Just recently, the WECA club ran an accelerated study course in White Plains to help those interested in taking the Ham Radio Technician. The course ran on a Sunday afternoon for four hours and after the study class, exams were given to the students and many passed after studying on their own and joining this class.

Stay tuned for the next session which will be listed on the homepage!

Publications and sources for Ham Radio study guides:

The American Radio Relay (ARRL) has a publication called "Now You're Talking" Technician study manual. For more information on purchasing this book, please use the link:  ARRL 

The W5YI group has a series of books written by a world famous Ham operator - Gordon West / WB6NOA available at  W5YI

The Radio Shack chain of electronic hobbyist stores carries Ham Radio study guides as well. Please visit the following URL: Radio Shack

Meanwhile, if you have a police scanner, please tune into 147.06 to listen to our repeater system located in Valhalla, NY. The best time to listen is during morning drive time (7:00 - 9:00 am), afternoon drive time (4:30 - 6:00 pm) and at night when there are a series of message relays called "Nets" at 9:30 pm.

Some interesting Ham Radio websites to visit:

The ARRL "Getting Started" Page"

The W5YI group at

The QRZ Ham Radio callsign lookup service at

The Tucson Packet Amateur Radio group at

The Electronic Ham Radio operators at

The Ham Radio Magazine "CQ" at

Nuts and Volts Magazine at

The Radio Amateur Information Network  (R.A.I.N.) at

Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) at

Amateur Electronic Radio (AES) at

Visit the home pages of local Ham Radio clubs

Local Ham Radio exam dates in greater Westchester: Exams

Last updated on February 12, 2010