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Joining ARCUA

To become a member of the Amateur Radio Club of the University of Arkansas you must be:

  • An enrolled student at the University of Arkansas OR
  • A member of the UA faculty OR
  • A staff member at the UA

Dues for each year are $5.00.

All individuals who are interested in radio — both licensed amateur operators and shortwave or scanner listeners are invited to join.

Persons who are not eligible for regular membership — i.e., not affiliated with the University — are welcome as guests at all regular meetings.

Ham Licensing

While it is not strictly necessary for you to be a licensed amateur radio operator (i.e. ham) to participate in activities with ARCUA, getting your license will enable to you more actively participate in activities, since only licensed hams can transmit on the air without strict supervision by someone that is licensed.

Are you interested in what Ham Radio is in the first place? Take a look at the ARRL “What is Ham Radio” web page.

For a great overview of the licensing process, have a look at the ARRL “Getting Licensed” web page, where (among other things) you can find where the amateur radio licensing exam nearest you will be conducted. There is currently only a one-time fee of $15 to take the exam… and, if you study sufficiently, note that you may be able to test for multiple license classes at one sitting for the same fee.

Also be aware that there are a number of online resources (many of them FREE) to help you get your license, such as hamexam.org or http://aa9pw.com/radio/. A quick search online will reveal many others.

If you have any questions about the licensing process or about ham activities in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us.