One of the reasons many people have been hesitant to pursue Amateur Radio
was a previous requirement for learning Morse code for nearly all classes of
licenses.  While Morse code has the advantage of being able to communicate with
weak signals, it's no longer a requirement. As a result, Ham Radio has gone "No
Code".

The Hill Country Amateur Radio Club is interested in helping people become
"Hams".  The Club's Volunteer Members provide the expertise to teach a
Technician Class Amateur Radio Course via Club Ed.  Simply click the following
link to learn more about the next upcoming course and register to enter the world
of ham radio:
http://clubed.net/index.cfm?
method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=19938&int_category_id=4
&int_sub_category_id=14&int_catalog_id=0
The costs associated with the course are a $25 for a Study Guide, a $40 tuition fee
and a $15 exam fee for the test.  All of these fees are "at cost" and neither the
Volunteer Instructors nor the Club receive any remuneration for their efforts from
the course or exam.   As of this date, all of the participants who've taken the
course and exam have passed the test and obtained their licenses. 

One of the advantages of joining the Hill Country Amateur Radio Club is to obtain
support from fellow hams.  A new ham can find an Elmer, a ham with experience
wanting to help new hams get started, through the Club.  Club membership may
be obtained via the following link:
http://kerrhams.org/membership_form.html
In addition to finding a new ham an Elmer, the Club also has a group of volunteers
to help with selecting equipment, building antennas etc.  Just refer to the
following link if you need help:
http://kerrhams.org/elmerlist.xls
If fellowship and learning more about ham radio are an interest, the Club
Members meet each Wednesday morning at the MacDonald's near Wal-Mart at 8
am.  The street address is 1308 Junction Highway in Kerrville.  In addition, the
monthly Club meetings are held at 7 pm the first Thursday of each month at the
Red Cross Building Classroom B.  The Red Cross Building is located at the corner
of Jefferson and Earl Garrett in downtown Kerrville.  Members also meet "On the
Air" 7 pm each Monday evening  on the Club Repeater frequencies - 146.98 MHz
receive/ 146.38 MHz transmit - tone 162.2.

Another method club members utilize to communicate is the Club Reflector. 
Essentially, it's an email list whereas when one posts a note to the Reflector all of
the participants receive the note via email.  It's a great way to receive notices of
Club activities or request information.  The following link will guide you through
the free subscription:
http://kerrhams.org/general_misc.html
The American Radio Relay League, ARRL, has many resources and is the
advocate for ham radio operators.  They have additional information on Getting
Started in Ham Radio and may be accessed via the following link:
http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio
You'll find Ham Radio operators to be helpful and interested in sharing their
experiences.
GETTING STARTED IN HAM RADIO