My name is Chris and I have been a ham for about a year now. I am 15 years old. When I first heard about ham radio, I wasn't sure that I would be able to get the licence. It looked really hard, and it didn't seem easy to find an exam session near me. I guess the real question is, is there a ham radio store or communications store near you? If so, and you have access to a car or someone who will take you, go to the store and buy the ARRL book called "Now You're Talking". This is the book theat will teach you the basic fundamentals that you need to know to pass your technician licence exam. If you are good at studying and learning things, then you should be able to read the book in a few days and know the material well.
Next, do an Exam session search on the ARRL website (www.arrl.org
) to find an exam session near you. If you can get to the exam session and take the test, then you will recieve your licence in a couple of weeks from the FCC.
It is entirely possible to learn the material and pass your licence exam in a couple of days. However it will take a couple of weeks for the licence to actually get to you in the mail.
As far as earning an amateur radio licence in time to use it for your school project, it really depends on how much time you have on your hands. Most of the time, unless you are working as or at a special event station, or you are in a contest, then you will not be working 15 hours straight.
Whatever you decide to do, whether or not you are able to use ham radio in your project, you should seriously consider getting your ham ticket for your own personal pleasure. It will open up many opportunities for you in your future, and it is great fun at the same time!
Good luck on your project, and I hope to get to talk to you eventually on the air.
If you have any more questions or need more information, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
73 de Chris KI4ENY
San Antonio Texas