Getting Started

Don’t reside in Canada? Then check out this list of national amateur radio organizations around the world, from Wikipedia.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada website maintains a listing of clubs in Canada, that provide classes.

Study guides can be found here.

If you wish to study on your own, further resources for obtaining your Basic Qualification can be found here, courtesy of the Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society.

So now you are ready to take the exam. The procedure for this will vary depending on the country you reside in. Most often you will be required to contact a volunteer examiner who will conduct the exam and forward the results to the government agency responsible for the administration.

Where to begin now? You have obtained the necessary documents  and are eager to begin participating. There are so many areas in amateur radio today, that this could become mind boggling. So, take some time, do your research and see what appeals to you and meets your budget. Here are some suggestions.

  • Social Media: If you are on social media now, do some searches for amateur radio activity. Try #amateurradio or #hamradio hashtags
  • Internet Browser: Here is where Google can be your friend.
  • Local Clubs: Using the methods above might lead to a local club.

Whatever method you prefer, there is a wealth of information out there. Feel free to come back to this site and be sure to let me know how you are progressing. Just visit the Contact page.

Good luck!