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The fastest growing amateur radio organization in the world

Study for your FCC amateur radio license or upgrade. Learn how to use amateur radio. Connect with other hams in your state and across the nation. Protect the amateur radio spectrum.

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Our Mission & Vision

Our membership is composed of amateur radio operators and aspiring amateur radio operators from all walks of life. We strongly believe that you do not have to have an engineering degree to be an amateur radio operator – amateur radio should be accessible to everyone, regardless of educational background.

In fact, it is critical that more Americans get licensed and involved in amateur radio in order to grow and defend this vital public service.

Our mission is to educate and inspire amateur radio operators and aspiring amateur radio operators, and to build a better future for amateur radio.

Our membership is composed of amateur radio operators and aspiring amateur radio operators from all walks of life. We strongly believe that you do not have to have an engineering degree to be an amateur radio operator – amateur radio should be accessible to everyone, regardless of educational background.

In fact, it is critical that more Americans get licensed and involved in amateur radio in order to grow and defend this vital public service.

Our mission is to educate and inspire amateur radio operators and aspiring amateur radio operators, and to build a better future for amateur radio.

Best-in-breed technology and Focus on Member Experience

Amateur radio operators deserve an organization that is as passionate about their platform and members as they are.

Since its inception, the American Radio Club has invested heavily in giving our members a best-in-breed experience. Not just this is good for an amateur radio website – we are creating a world-class experience and community that any amateur radio operator will be a proud to be a part of.

Giving it all back

The American Radio Club is still an underdog in the amateur radio world, but we make up for it by investing EVERYTHING back to our members and community. We are a small but scrappy team, and will settle for nothing less than being the premier amateur radio organization in the world.

Independent Communication and Your First Amendment Rights

The ability to communicate is fundamental to our safety and security. In the age of technology, we are more dependent than ever on cell phones and the internet just for basic messaging.

Amateur radio opens an entire new world of independent communication, without dependence on government or private company infrastructure. For this reason as well, we believe that amateur radio will play a critical role in our future.

Our Leadership Team

James Cribbs

James Cribbs, KN4NEH
Founder / CEO

KN4NEH was born and raised in the small town of Dahlonega, GA in the North Georgia mountains. He studied Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, but never forgot his roots. He was inspired with a strong work ethic from his grandad who grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina.

Chuck Gysi

Chuck Gysi, N2DUP
Chief Operating Officer​

N2DUP, is general manager of American Radio Club and has been a licensed amateur radio operator for four decades. He has risen through the ranks from Novice to Technician and General and currently is studying for his Amateur Extra class license. He’s a life member of the American Radio Relay League, a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association and has been involved with RACES and ARES in multiple jurisdictions. He’s a former contester with the Minnesota Wireless Association. He’s active as communications officer for his county sheriff’s search and rescue team and has been involved with local emergency management organizations over the years and is a former EMT. As an amateur, he is on all bands from HF through 1.2 GHz (including 902 MHz) likes the 10-meter band, loves digital (DMR, P25, NXDN, D-STAR and Fusion) and is owner and trustee of a 440 MHz repeater — as well as a GMRS repeater. He thinks the 222-MHz band is the real “magic band.” N2DUP’s byline has appeared in all amateur radio publications over the years, and as an active hobby radio user, he’s the owner and editor of National Communications Magazine.

Jack Monson, KF0DHD
Content Director

KF0DHD is the content director at American Radio Club and has managed all of the AMAZING video/course content for our students. Many of you have likely spoken with him as a student success agent on the phone! Licensed as a General, Jack has ham experience in the educational space as well as in the field, coming mostly from running HT communications during hikes with family and friends and hitting the odd repeater. He is also a recent NDSU graduate with a degree in strategic communications, needless to say, comms are Jack’s thing!

Jim Reed, N4BFR
Chief Content Lead

N4BFR is an Amateur Extra class ham that enjoys helping new hams grow in the hobby. Jim’s work appears on both the American Radio Club and Ham Radio Prep websites, where he is the voice of the new Technician Class instructional videos. Jim also publishes to his own YouTube channel, is a volunteer examiner, and has achieved many operating awards like DXCC, Worked all States and Worked all Continents.

Bright Joe
Director of Website Development

Joe is the director of website development at the American Radio Club, and loves designing and building websites, and of course, always excited to build new features on the American Radio Club platform.

Dwight Bumgarner

Dwight Bumgarner​
Director of Mobile Development​

Dwight is a general technologist who enjoys tackling difficult software challenges, often writing code in various languages. But it was his love of hardware that originally brought him to amateur radio, as he worked on embedded systems as well as various projects with the Raspberry Pi.

Our Leadership Team

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James Cribbs

Founder / CEO

James Cribbs was born and raised in the small town of Dahlonega, GA in the North Georgia mountains. He studied Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, but never forgot his roots. He was inspired with a strong work ethic from his grandad who grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina.

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Chuck Guysi

Chief Operating Officer

Born and raised in the small town of Dahlonega, GA in the North Georgia mountains. He studied Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, but never forgot his roots. He was inspired with a strong work ethic from his grandad who grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina.

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Jack Monson

Content Director

Born and raised in the small town of Dahlonega, GA in the North Georgia mountains. He studied Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, but never forgot his roots. He was inspired with a strong work ethic from his grandad who grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina.

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Jim Reed

Chief Content Lead

Born and raised in the small town of Dahlonega, GA in the North Georgia mountains. He studied Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, but never forgot his roots. He was inspired with a strong work ethic from his grandad who grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina.

ARC Partnership

Jack Monson

Content Director

Born and raised in the small town of Dahlonega, GA in the North Georgia mountains. He studied Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, but never forgot his roots. He was inspired with a strong work ethic from his grandad who grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina.

ARC Partnership

Jim Reed

Chief Content Lead

Born and raised in the small town of Dahlonega, GA in the North Georgia mountains. He studied Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, but never forgot his roots. He was inspired with a strong work ethic from his grandad who grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina.

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Bright Joe

Director of Web Development

Born and raised in the small town of Dahlonega, GA in the North Georgia mountains. He studied Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, but never forgot his roots. He was inspired with a strong work ethic from his grandad who grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina.

ARC Partnership

Dwight Bumgarner

Director of Mobile Development

Born and raised in the small town of Dahlonega, GA in the North Georgia mountains. He studied Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, but never forgot his roots. He was inspired with a strong work ethic from his grandad who grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina.

ARCs origins with Ham Radio Prep

Back in the fall of 2017, hurricanes ravaged many parts of the USA. We’d read some truly amazing stories about how Ham Radio operators used this unique and proven form of communication to save lives, and it was truly inspiring to us. This motivated us to learn more about how ham radio works, and also how to get licensed.

What we discovered was the noticeable LACK of clear and concise information on Ham Radio and most importantly, how to properly study for the official FCC exam. Not only was the information that we did find very poorly written, but most of the popular websites on the subject were severely outdated and hard to navigate.

So with nothing but $1,000 dollars and a lot of determination, the founder James Cribbs set out to build a better way.

Focus on Great User Experience, Great Customer Service, and a Simple Study System

Ham Radio Prep’s success is due primarily to one factor: continued focus on our students.

Every time our students had an issue, we listened. We dedicating our lives to the improvement of ham radio education, making it easy and affordable for all who wanted to learn. Being licensed operators ourselves, we wanted to see more people active in this great public service and hobby.

It wasn’t long before Ham Radio Prep was the largest online study system for amateur radio in the world.

WHY ARC

Expansion into the American Radio Club

It soon became clear that our students wanted more – they wanted to connect with other amateur radio operators in their area, get involved in the community, actually learn to use their radio, and more.

The Ham Radio Prep platform wasn’t built for this, so we went back to the drawing board and decided to build an entirely new platform that could support our students. That’s how the American Radio club was born.

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We would hate to see you go! If you're experiencing technical issues or have questions or suggestions regarding your American Radio Club experience, we would be happy to help you! Please feel free to contact our member success team.