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 Amateur Radio Testing resumes in Cherokee County

Testing has resumed, but will only be provided by appointment only

in order to comply with federal and state guidelines for health and safety.

Send a message to to request an exam session.

Persons interested in self-study

can look up needed information at

License Examinations are given every second Saturday at the Andrews, NC Library at 10:00 a.m.

Persons wishing to take the test should send an e-mail to to

register for the exam.


Self-study for all three levels of Amateur Radio licenses is not as difficult as one might think.  The Amateur Radio Relay League sells all the manuals with the required study materials and sample questions for each level of examination.  The entry level license is that of Technician Class.  Technician Class operators are permitted to operate voice on ham bands on and above 28 MHz.  A General Class license permits the operation on portions of all the ham bands, including the most popular HF or "shortwave"  bands.  The Extra Class license allows full use of all amateur bands and also allows the licensee to be a volunteer examiner or instructor.   The required text is the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 4th Edition.



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