Amateur Radio, also known as "ham radio", is about communication and experimentation. It is both a hobby and a service. Special sets of radio frequencies are set aside for use exclusively by amateur radio operators. An important role of ham radio is emergency communications. Hams are well known for their role in providing communications during emergency situations. Just about anyone can become a licensed amateur operator.
Amateur radio licensing in the United States
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FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in the US
Wait a minute. Everybody with a CB radio is automatically deemed to have one. Including the FCC, which long ago got tired of licking stamps to send out actual licenses.
Licenses to operate amateur stations for personal use are granted to individuals of any age once they demonstrate an understanding of both pertinent FCC regulations and knowledge of radio station operation and safety considerations. Applicants as young as five years old have passed examinations and were granted licenses. Operator licenses are divided into different classes, each of which corresponds to an increasing degree of knowledge and corresponding privileges. Over the years, the details of the classes have changed significantly, leading to the current system of three open classes and three grandfathered but closed to new applicants classes. Amateur radio licenses in the United States are issued and renewed by the Federal Communications Commission without charge, although the private individuals who administer the examinations may recoup their expenses by charging a fee.