There are three levels of Amateur Radio licenses which you can study for and once you pass the exams you will be granted a license from the Federal Communications Commision (FCC). You begin at the Technician level, then study for your General and eventually work for your Amateur Extra License.
How fast you work through the levels all depends on you. The trick is to make it fun and educational.
This is the Amateur Radio Band Plan in the USA and shows where each level of licence may work.
Resources to help you prepare for your Amateur Radio License:
Start at the Technician Level. This will get you on the air on VHF, UHF, 6 meter and a small portion of the 10 meter band. You can also work some other bands in CW (Morse Code) and RTTY (Data) with limitations.
The good news is that you do not need to lean Morse Code to get a Ham License.
Technician Class 2010-2014 Audio Theory Course [Audio CD] by Gordon West - Click here
Once you have gone through the material go to HAM TEST ONLINE and practice taking your test.
The test consist of 35 questions from a pool of 394 questions. Click here for HAM TEST ONLINE
When you are ready to move on to General then begin studying to get on the HF bands: 10 to 160 meters. There are still some limitations where you can go but a whole new world of HF communications will be opened to you.
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Great places for additional information on Ham Radio: