This is NOT your grandfather’s HAM Radio!

The Women Radio Operators of Maine web site is devoted to promoting women who are licensed Amateur Radio operators, or have the desire to become one.

We are just getting this web site going, so keep checking in and look for many updates in the foreseeable future. In the meantime, come visit us Saturday March 25, 2023 at the ARRL Maine State Convention and Hamfest! (More on the EVENTS page)

What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur Radio, more commonly known as ham radio is a popular hobby and service that dates back to the early days of the 20th century.  Amateur radio uses person to person communication without the use of internet or cell phones.  It is estimated that over 2 million people world-wide are regularly involved in amateur radio.  Licensed operators can use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even with the International Space Station. When the grids go down, amateur radio will still be able to communicate, making them a vital part of today’s emergency services.

What certification is involved?

Currently all countries that license citizens to use amateur radio require operators to pass an exam.  The exam typically consists of a mixture of technical knowledge, operating competence, legal and regulatory standards.  There are currently three (3) different levels of licensing: Technician, General and Amateur Extra.  Each level not only allows an operator to get on the air, but allows the operator to explore different frequencies, bands and modes of communication.  All three exams must be administered by a VE (volunteer examiner), who also must pass certain certifications.  There are many useful study resources available at little to no cost, plus some sites also offer practice exams which can help prepare for the live test.

How expensive is the hobby?

The range of price is only limited by the operator.  Some die-hard hobbyist’s have spent thousands of dollars setting up their “ham” stations, while others simply purchase a more cost effective hand-held device.  The price can literally range from $25 – $1000 it all depends on what you want to do with it and how far you want to reach.


Regardless of whether you are looking for more information or we’ve peaked your curiosity, please check out these great resource

Amateur Radio Relay League:  www.arrl.org

QRZ:  https://www.qrz.com

Federal Communication Commission:  https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-divisions/mobility-division/amateur-radio-service