Ham radio operators are amateur radio operators that run an informal and unofficial radio station for fun. Due to the nature of the work, ham radio operators can work anywhere, such as at home or at an office.
To become an Amateur radio operator in Canada you must get an operators certificate and a station licence. The OCARC provides courses for area Ham enthusiasts wishing to become hams. Due to current COVID-19 situation, the courses are on hold.
Industry and Science Canada issues the certificates after the applicant has passed a test. OCARC also provides government approved examiners who give the exam for the certificate types.
While the courses are on hold, many people are studying online, and several have taken their exams and are now amateur radio operators.
The following are some links to websites to help you prepare and study for a amateur radio license.
- Canadian Amateur radio operator certificates services - website
- RAC How to Start - website
- Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Study Resources - website
- 9th Edition Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide - website, OCARC also has these books available
- Hamstudy course books - website
- View a 20 minute video on Youtube, about what Amateur (HAM) Radio is about - Youtube - Why Amateur Radio
- Amateur Radio (HAM) Training Information - website
- RIC-3 - Information on the Amateur Radio Service - website
- RBR-4 - Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service - website
- Canadian Amateur radio exam generator - website
- Accredited Examiners - website