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Hey everyone,

 

I'm currently studying for my technician radio license from one of ARRLs books that I got from the public library. Going to take my test on April 2nd. Any tips?

 

I'm 16 and looking forward to bringing my radio on geocaching trips with friends!

 

We're expecting you to post how you did tommorow night. :)

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Hey everyone,

 

I'm currently studying for my technician radio license from one of ARRLs books that I got from the public library. Going to take my test on April 2nd. Any tips?

 

I'm 16 and looking forward to bringing my radio on geocaching trips with friends!

 

You will make close friends that will still be your close friends 60 years from now.

Don WA9CED (1962)

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I am very curious as to how you get into the hobby of HAM Radio. Any care to give me a brief rundown of the hobby and what basic equipment is necessary. Normally I would ask someone that I already know, unfortunately no one I know shares this hobby. Long time listener to shortwave and police scanners. Looking to branch out a little. Thanks.

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I am very curious as to how you get into the hobby of HAM Radio.

Hi, "Bombdawgy." There's a very good introduction to amateur radio on the website of the ARRL, the nationwide ham organization in the U.S. You'll get lots of questions answered there! Oh, and by the way, no need to go to the effort of capitalizing "HAM." It isn't an acronym.

 

The information on that page includes a list of ham clubs. There's almost certainly one in your area, maybe even on the base itself. The local hams will be happy to show you the different types of equipment you can buy, and help you find a class and testing session.

 

Good luck!

Patty N6BIS

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I am very curious as to how you get into the hobby of HAM Radio.

Hi, "Bombdawgy." There's a very good introduction to amateur radio on the website of the ARRL, the nationwide ham organization in the U.S. You'll get lots of questions answered there! Oh, and by the way, no need to go to the effort of capitalizing "HAM." It isn't an acronym.

 

The information on that page includes a list of ham clubs. There's almost certainly one in your area, maybe even on the base itself. The local hams will be happy to show you the different types of equipment you can buy, and help you find a class and testing session.

 

Good luck!

Patty N6BIS

 

And I'd add, don't feel that you have to take a class to pass the test for your license. Some people prefer the interaction of a classroom environment, while others would rather just pick up a book (or even go to the library) and read/study on their own. Whatever floats your boat. Either way, checking in with a local club, you will find a whole bunch of nice people who are eager to help you and answer any questions you might have.

 

As Patty said, Good Luck!

Snake (Rich) KI6PPF

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And I'd add, don't feel that you have to take a class to pass the test for your license. Some people prefer the interaction of a classroom environment, while others would rather just pick up a book (or even go to the library) and read/study on their own. Whatever floats your boat.

Good point, Rich. I hope he/she can at least find a nearby club, just to see what local hams are doing. But even if that club offers a class, it certainly isn't the only way to prepare for the licensing test.

 

Patty

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I start my classes with a local club on May 1st, for two weekends.

I think the benefits will be: making friends with my classmates, immediate help with points I may be unclear, insructors who can help separate the wheat from the chaff when prepaing for the final test.

I'm going for my basic (70% grade) or basic with honours (80% grade).

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Don't see where you came back to brag about passing.

 

Practice tests available at qrz.com

Hmmm .... are you referring to my post??

If so - you are so waaaaay off base.

I was not bragging about passing.

 

Read it again.

I have not passed any course.

I do not even start my course until May 1st.

I was talking about personal benefits of going to classes with a local club.

 

With regards to passing scores:

I only was referring to requirements.

A pass mark of 70% is minimum to get a basic license.

The license will be catagorized as "Basic", meaning there are some limitations.

A pass mark of 80% is required to be able to transmit with less limitations.

The license will be catagorized as "Basic with Honours", meaning there will be less restrictions than "Basic", but still more restrictions than "Basic with Advanced".

 

So .... do you think I am bragging, just because I want to try to do my very best on a test that I have not even taken yet?

 

Rather than get into an argument, I will just say that I think your post was rude and not what I would expect from a ham radio person.

 

And yes, I have downloaded all the pre-course reading material, including the practice test module, which I use every night.

 

I am in Canada, and our license terminology may be different ..... but still

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Hi,

 

K5AFB here.

 

I'm a volunteer examiner here in Louisiana. One thing I'd like to point out. Make sure you're studying the latest study guide. The test for Tech changed a year or so ago and although the basic knowledge is the same, the question pools have changed. On the Tech test one of the major things is the rules and regulations. Make sure you're up on this.

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Don't see where you came back to brag about passing.

 

Practice tests available at qrz.com

Hmmm .... are you referring to my post??

If so - you are so waaaaay off base.

I was not bragging about passing.

 

Read it again.

I have not passed any course.

I do not even start my course until May 1st.

I was talking about personal benefits of going to classes with a local club.

 

With regards to passing scores:

I only was referring to requirements.

A pass mark of 70% is minimum to get a basic license.

The license will be catagorized as "Basic", meaning there are some limitations.

A pass mark of 80% is required to be able to transmit with less limitations.

The license will be catagorized as "Basic with Honours", meaning there will be less restrictions than "Basic", but still more restrictions than "Basic with Advanced".

 

So .... do you think I am bragging, just because I want to try to do my very best on a test that I have not even taken yet?

 

Rather than get into an argument, I will just say that I think your post was rude and not what I would expect from a ham radio person.

 

And yes, I have downloaded all the pre-course reading material, including the practice test module, which I use every night.

 

I am in Canada, and our license terminology may be different ..... but still

 

WHOAAA! Often wondered about the Yank/Canuck thing... :(:)

 

Glad your doing the ham test and not getting on CB!

 

Other hams will probably tolerate your short fuse thats bound to show on air sometime... :D

 

Anyway good luck in the test, hope you get it OK and can DX the world while geocaching.

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