How to get started in Amateur Radio

How do I get started in Amateur Radio? Well this is a many faceted answer. You can go to a class given by many amateur radio clubs in Oregon. The ARRL website lists some of them here.

You can do self study. There are many resources on the web. 2014-no-nonsense-tech-study-guide-v20 is a great study guide.

The 3rd option is to use one of the online practice test sites, this is simple memorization, when you can score 80+% on these tests you will be able to pass the official test.

qrz.com
hamexam.org
www.hamuniverse.com

Then you take a test from a test session. There are a number of them each month.

ARRL

 Bend OR 97701 
 Sponsor: Central Oregon DX Club
 Date: Nov 04 2015 
 Time: 1:00 PM (No walk-ins) 
 Contact: Joseph D. Barry
 (541) 385-3152
 Email: joek7sq@gmail.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Bend Library
 CALL FOR APPOINTMENT
 MUST CALL FOR TIME
 Bend OR 97701
 

 Hillsboro OR 97124-9441 
 Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC
 Date: Nov 07 2015 
 Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: John D. Bucsek
 (503) 803-6134
 Email: ke7wnb@gmail.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Ronler Acres Fire Station
 4455 NW 229th Ave
 Hillsboro OR 97124-9441
 

 Lincoln City OR 97367-4427 
 Sponsor: Lincoln City Amateur Radio
 Date: Nov 07 2015 
 Time: 8:30 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Robert H. Kehler
 (503) 804-2188
 Email: k7qfe@arrl.net
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: North Lincoln Fire & Rescue
 2525 NW Highway 101
 Pre-Registration Preferred
 Lincoln City OR 97367-4427
 

 Eugene OR 97402-2510 
 Sponsor: Valley RC of Oregon, W7PXL
 Date: Nov 11 2015 
 Time: 7:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: S Riley. Mc Lean
 (541) 345-2407
 Email: w7ril@yahoo.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Red Cross Building
 862 Bethel Dr
 Pre-Registration Preferred
 Eugene OR 97402-2510
 

 Albany OR 97322-5802 
 Sponsor: Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
 Date: Nov 14 2015 
 Time: 10:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Gene E. Chantry
 (541) 248-6032
 Email: gechantry@juno.com
 VEC: Greater LA VEC
 Location: LDS Stake Center
 2850 Grand Prairie Rd SE
 Albany OR 97322-5802
 

 Dallas OR 97338-3111 
 Sponsor: ROADS
 Date: Nov 14 2015 
 Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Ronnie W. Schlitzkus
 (503) 585-2136
 Email: w7ho@w7ho.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Polk County Courthouse-Main Entrance
 850 Main St
 Dallas OR 97338-3111
 

 Newport OR 97365-3247 
 Sponsor: Lincoln County ARC
 Date: Nov 14 2015 
 Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Michael J. Eastman
 (541) 265-7191
 Email: choirboy1953@gmail.com
 VEC: W5YI VEC
 Location: Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room
 2129 N Coast Hiway
 Newport OR 97365-3247
 

 Scappoose OR 97056-3721 
 Sponsor: Columbia ARA N7EI
 Date: Nov 15 2015 
 Time: 2:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Michael L. Jerome
 Email: ac8mj@yahoo.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Scappoose Senior Center
 33342 SW Meadow Dr
 Scappoose OR 97056-3721
 

 Grants Pass OR 97527-5288 
 Sponsor: SOARC
 Date: Nov 20 2015 
 Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: John William. Stubbe
 (541) 218-2244
 Email: JStubbe7@gmail.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Fruitdale Grange
 1440 Parkdale Dr
 Grants Pass OR 97527-5288
 

 Lafayette OR 97127-9999 
 Sponsor: McMinnville ARC, Inc. (SSC)
 Date: Nov 21 2015 
 Time: 9:30 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Armand R. Pilotte
 (503) 843-0906
 Email: w7ig@arrl.net
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Lafayette Community Center
 133 Adams Street
 Lafayette OR 97127-9999
 

 Lebanon OR 97355-4363 
 Sponsor: LCARES
 Date: Nov 21 2015 
 Time: 9:00 AM (No walk-ins) 
 Contact: Harlan R. Neal
 (541) 926-4948
 Email: n7hn@live.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Lebanon Community Hospital
 525 N Santiam Hwy
 Hwy 20 N - Conference Rm #4
 PRE-REGISTER 7-10 Days Ahead!
 Lebanon OR 97355-4363
 

 Springfield OR 97477-4500 
 Sponsor: Emerald ARS
 Date: Nov 28 2015 
 Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Ronald E. Vincent
 (541) 744-4259
 Email: wj7r@comcast.net
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: SUB: Springfield Utility Board (Meeting Room)
 223 A St
 Suite F
 Springfield OR 97477-4500
 

 Hillsboro OR 97124-9441 
 Sponsor: Oregon Tualatin Valley ARC
 Date: Dec 05 2015 
 Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: John D. Bucsek
 (503) 803-6134
 Email: ke7wnb@gmail.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Ronler Acres Fire Station
 4455 NW 229th Ave
 Hillsboro OR 97124-9441
 

 Eugene OR 97402-2510 
 Sponsor: Valley RC of Oregon, W7PXL
 Date: Dec 09 2015 
 Time: 7:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: S Riley. Mc Lean
 (541) 345-2407
 Email: w7ril@yahoo.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Red Cross Building
 862 Bethel Dr
 Pre-Registration Preferred
 Eugene OR 97402-2510
 

 Roseburg OR 97470-3301 
 Sponsor: Roseburg VE Team
 Date: Dec 09 2015 
 Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Jim R. Rucker
 (541) 496-2262
 Email: jrucker369@netzero.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Douglas County Courthouse
 1036 SE Douglas Ave-Room 310
 Roseburg OR 97470-3301
 

 Newport OR 97365-3247 
 Sponsor: Lincoln County ARC
 Date: Dec 12 2015 
 Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Michael J. Eastman
 (541) 265-7191
 Email: choirboy1953@gmail.com
 VEC: W5YI VEC
 Location: Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room
 2129 N Coast Hiway
 Newport OR 97365-3247
 

 Bend OR 97701 
 Sponsor: Central Oregon DX Club
 Date: Dec 16 2015 
 Time: 1:00 PM (No walk-ins) 
 Contact: Joseph D. Barry
 (541) 385-3152
 Email: joek7sq@gmail.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Bend Library
 CALL FOR APPOINTMENT
 MUST CALL FOR TIME
 Bend OR 97701
 

 Lafayette OR 97127-9999 
 Sponsor: McMinnville ARC, Inc. (SSC)
 Date: Dec 19 2015 
 Time: 9:30 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Armand R. Pilotte
 (503) 843-0906
 Email: w7ig@arrl.net
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Lafayette Community Center
 133 Adams Street
 Lafayette OR 97127-9999
 

 Lebanon OR 97355-4363 
 Sponsor: LCARES
 Date: Dec 19 2015 
 Time: 9:00 AM (No walk-ins) 
 Contact: Harlan R. Neal
 (541) 926-4948
 Email: n7hn@live.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Lebanon Community Hospital
 525 N Santiam Hwy
 Hwy 20 N - Conference Rm #4
 PRE-REGISTER 7-10 Days Ahead!
 Lebanon OR 97355-4363
 

 Scappoose OR 97056-3721 
 Sponsor: Columbia ARA N7EI
 Date: Dec 20 2015 
 Time: 2:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Michael L. Jerome
 Email: ac8mj@yahoo.com
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: Scappoose Senior Center
 33342 SW Meadow Dr
 Scappoose OR 97056-3721
 

 Springfield OR 97477-4500 
 Sponsor: Emerald ARS
 Date: Dec 26 2015 
 Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
 Contact: Ronald E. Vincent
 (541) 744-4259
 Email: wj7r@comcast.net
 VEC: ARRL/VEC
 Location: SUB: Springfield Utility Board (Meeting Room)
 223 A St
 Suite F
 Springfield OR 97477-4500
 

 

W5YI
OR Baker City 97814 Donald Merritt KK7OF elkhntr4@msn.com 541-403 1951
OR Baker City 97814 Jack Myers NK7J jackqm@yahoo.com (541) 853-1290
OR Baker City 97814 Jack Myers NK7J jackqm@yahoo.com (541) 540-1333
OR Beaverton 97008 Ardyce Moore AA7SW benneth.moore37@verizon.ne (503) 646-3440
OR Beaverton 97006 Frank Thornton KI7GA (503) 442-7112
OR Brookings 97415 Dar Rasmussen KA7GNK darrasmussen@hotmail.com 541-254-4644
OR Gresham 97030 Jim Wright W7HIF w7hif@juno.com (928) 927-7225
OR Happy Valley 97086 David Noble K8DEN david_noble@comcast.net (503) 774-6384
OR Hermiston 97838 Doug McFadden W6NMR w6nmr.doug@gmail.com (541) 922-9684
OR Newport 97365 Michael Eastman N7ONP choirboy1953@gmail.com (541) 270-4114
OR Pacific City 97135 Carl Somdahl W7LI w7li@arrl.net (503) 965-7575
OR Pendleton 97801 Rudy Rittenbach KC7N rittenbach@wtechlink.us (541) 276-6545
OR Port Orford 97465 Harry Bryant Jr. KC7HVM oneshothrb@msn.com (541) 991-2458
OR Seaside 97138 Roxann Holwege AB7HO ab7ho@charter.net (503) 440-0955
OR Seaside 97138 Ken Lucke WA7PIX wa7pix@kenluckephotography.com (503) 440-1997
OR Sheridan 97378 Mark Altus AC7ZQ baltus@onlinemac.com (503) 843-3580
OR The Dalles 97058 Robert Howell W7ACC via ka5ims@bigfoot.com
OR Tillamook 97141 Gary Mahan N7IS grmahan@5bi5.com (503) 812-8077
OR Tillamook 97141 Steven Tomlinson K7XP stevememo@yahoo.com (503) 815-2517
OR Veronia 97064 Norman Roberts KB7CD kb7cd.norm@juno.com (503) 429-2405
OR Yachats 97498 Hugh Aikenhead AB7QN ab7qn@casco.net (541) 547-3151

For more info you can contact me at w0kcf (at) arrl.net