Becoming a Ham!

Getting your License

Have you ever thought about getting your Ham Radio License, but just don't know where to start? 

There has never been a better time to get your  License. There are currently more licensed hams in the US then there have ever been, over 700,000!! With your ham radio license you can talk to people all over the world, make new friends and discover magic of ham radio!  

Look no further.  The Medina Radio Club can answer all your questions and can even administer an exam for all three levels (Technician, General, and Extra) if we have enough advanced notice.  

We can help you study, but there are also free online sites that can help you study.  You can even take a practice exam.  The site we like to recommend is 

**The Cost to take a test is $15

If you ARE NOT currently licensed, you will need to bring photo identification. 

If you ARE currently licensed, please bring us a COPY of your current FCC license to file with your paperwork, and display one other form of photo identification.

The Technician License

The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America. It also allows for some limited privileges on the HF (also called "short wave") bands used for international communications.

The General License

The General class license grants some operating privileges on all Amateur Radio bands and all operating modes. This license opens the door to world-wide communications. Earning the General class license requires passing a 35 question examination. General class licensees must also have passed the Technician written examination.

The Amateur Extra License

The Amateur Extra class license conveys all available U.S. Amateur Radio operating privileges on all bands and all modes. Earning the license is more difficult; it requires passing a thorough 50 question examination. Extra class licensees must also have passed all previous license class written examinations.

We have our own VE Team under the Hill Country Radio Club in Kerrville, TX.


Every VE Team must have at least three accredited examiners who must be present at all times during an exam session. All three examiners must grade each test and agree on the test results.

Our VE Team consists of
Bill Stegemueller (K5NOW)
Peter Naumburg (K5HAB)
David Arel (K5DVA)
Buzz  Jehle (N5UR)
Scott Hopkins  (KB4BKR)
Ken Brown (K7PLA)