How to Become a 10 meter radio amateur

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For operating an 10-meter radio, you need a license issued by the FCC or the relevant governing body of the country you are currently residing in. Below are the details of how you can get your operating license for your 10-meter radio in the U.S. and Canada.

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The most commonly used means of getting your license in the U.S. and Canada is to take the examination specified for it. For that you first need to determine what kind or level of license you are applying for. The syllabus you will be receiving for your exam preparation will depend on the type of license you require. Special classes are also conducted in the local 10 meter radio Clubs in which the candidates get to prepare for their test in Morse code and enhance the more technical knowledge of the subject. You can also find a lot of material online for your course but it is a wise decision to join these clubs as they serve as a means of increasing your network with the Hams and getting awareness about the practical aspect of the 10 meter radio operations. Once you get all practical aspect now check most suitable 10 meter radio in the market.

Receiving 10 meter radio License in Canada

In Canada, you receive your 10 meter radio license from industry Canada. In fact, you get an 10 meter radio Operator Certificate after completing the following levels:

Basic Qualification

 This stage requires you to give a very basic test of the knowledge regarding an 10 meter radio operations. It comprises of 100 questions that do not include the stuff related to Morse code. You need to be 80% correct to pass this basic test. It covers the following parts:

  • accessing all 10 meter bands above 30 MHz
  • using a maximum of 250 watts DC transmitter input power
  • building and operating all station equipment, except for “home-made” transmitters

Advanced Qualification

 This exams comprises of 50 questions that cover the following areas excluding the Morse code details:

  • access all 10 meter radio  bands below 30 MHz
  • use maximum transmitter power of 1000 watts DC input
  • build and operate transmitting equipment
  • establish repeaters and club stations
  • remotely control fixed stations, including the use of radio links

Morse code Test

For being eligible for this test, you should hold a Basic and Advanced Certificate or you should verify your speed of 5 wpm along with the Basic Certificate.

License Classes

The licenses issued in the U.S. and Canada are divided into the following categories:

Technician Class: You can get this license right after clearing a test of 35 questions based on operating practices, basic regulations for the 10 meter radio operations, electronic theory and UHF/VHF details. This license entitles the user to operate above 30 MHz. Technicians can also get access to the FM voice, digital packet (computers), SSB voice,television and several other advanced modes. They can also operate on the 10 meter radio band and other HF bands.

General Class: By taking another test of 35 questions based on the above mentioned topics, the Technician Class is upgraded to the General Class License. These users have a privilege of using high power transmitters to surf through the 160, 30, 17, 12, and 10 meter bands along with the most commonly used parts of the 80, 40, 20, and 15 meter bands.

Extra Class: This license entitles the users to access all the authorized 10 meter radio Frequencies. It can be obtained by upgrading the General Class license by clearing a test of 50 questions based on a more advanced syllabus.

Once you get your license, the governing body will assign a call sign to you that will serve as your username and the identification of your 10 meter radio station. You can visit the ARRL website for detailed information on the licensing process in the U.S.

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