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I've been a tech level for about ten years. I originally did it because a couple of the guys I hunted with at the time had their's and used handhelds off repeaters to keep in touch vs. over the counter FRS radios.

I've wanted to upgrade to General for some time just for the extra frequencies, but have put it off for years. Something always came up that seemed more important. Well, I got a wild hair a few weeks ago and spent a few thousand on new radio equipment and antennas. I figured that would motivate me to move up. It did, and this morning I passed both the General and Extra level exams. I studied my butt off for the past few weeks and it paid off.

I'm not posting this to blow my own horn or anything, but rather to perhaps motivate anyone sitting on the fence to go ahead and do it. It's really not too difficult (especially the Tech level exam) and hell, if I can do it anyone can.

I'll give a big plug to the website https://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/. It's an excellent study program that goes through all of the material as well as all of the possible questions, giving you explanations as to why your answer is right or wrong. Between that and reading through the ARRL books, I was really well prepared.

Give it a whirl and get on the air! You never know, it may come in handy one of these days.


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Awesome! Congratulations to you.

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That’s great

Congrats.

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Nicely done, I'm in the process of studying more for Extra after upgrading to general and missing extra by a few questions recently after having been a technician for some time.

The math and concepts aren't too bad for Extra from what I've seen (I just hadn't prepared very well before my previous attempt).

This play list has some good animations and explanations of electrical circuits and components:
https://youtube.com/playlist?l...PnnwpbG-ZKV_EjX03DX8

Dave Casler and W4EEY both have helpful YouTube channels with study material and discussions of concepts for the various levels of licensing.


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Thanks fellas.

Sandman: The math portion really isn't bad. Basic multiplication/division type stuff. Perhaps some minor algebra if you want to get carried away, but there's no need to. There is a ton of electrical principles and circuits. That's what I struggled with. My dad was an electrician for nearly 60 years. You'd think some of that would have rubbed off on me...nope Big Grin . Other than that though, it's really not difficult material, there's just a lot of it.


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Congrats!

After any decades of interest, I got my General in 2018, started to get into it but then “life” happened and it went to the back burner.

Got oodles of radios, need better antenna(s). Most recently picked up some DMR rigs. It will become a higher priority after retirement in a year or so.

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Congrats. You’ll have a lot of fun on HF. Listen to some nets and find out who sounds like your kind of guys.
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Congrats.... need to get off my lazy General backside and get after the Extra Class study guide... 1st licensed in Jan 1978 in Alaska while stationed with the US Army ................... de KL7JIU ..... aka drill sgt.
 
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congrats. I got my Technician July 2020 and like you I started studying for the General but got side tracked. Still exploring and having fun with the VHF/UHF digital modes.

73 K5LTG



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Thanks for the link ... ! I want to get my first license as I have recently picked up a Heathkit HW-101 kit. Problem is I do not have any of the tubes and need to find some.


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Thanks for the link ... ! I want to get my first license as I have recently picked up a Heathkit HW-101 kit. Problem is I do not have any of the tubes and need to find some.


Start poking around on QRZ dot com and in the Forums, and the subforum Boat Anchors & Classic Equipment. I know there are specific website for what you asked, I just don't know who they are.

QRZ is an excellent site, it is not the end all be all, but it will get your going in the right direction.
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Most excellent! You will enjoy the increased band privileges.

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Congratulations on upgrading!

I recently bought a new Rig Expert hoping that it would motivate me to construct a few new HF antennas. No luck so far but I'm at least zeroing in on a few interesting designs.
 
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Originally posted by Gustofer:
this morning I passed both the General and Extra level exams. I studied my butt off for the past few weeks and it paid off.

How did you do on the code test? Wink



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How did you do on the code test? Wink


I'm sure you're being facetious, but for those who are unaware, Morse Code isn't required for a Ham License anymore.

As the OP says, it's very easy these days to get a license because the study guides follow the tests exactly, so there's only some memorization required, unlike years ago when a lot of knowledge was required.

Full disclosure: I'm a Volunteer Examiner for the ARRL and have been since the program started, and an Extra Class licensee since 1983.
 
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Congrats!
I need to get off my own butt, and study for a Tech license.


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How did you do on the code test? Wink


I'm sure you're being facetious, but for those who are unaware, Morse Code isn't required for a Ham License anymore.

As the OP says, it's very easy these days to get a license because the study guides follow the tests exactly, so there's only some memorization required, unlike years ago when a lot of knowledge was required.

Full disclosure: I'm a Volunteer Examiner for the ARRL and have been since the program started, and an Extra Class licensee since 1983.


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Congratulations!
I was studying for Extra but it was so far over my head that I lost interest.
If at some point I feel I'm missing out I'll pick it up again.
Much respect to those with that level of knowledge and understanding.

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Originally posted by Flash-LB:
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Originally posted by henryaz:
How did you do on the code test? Wink


I'm sure you're being facetious, but for those who are unaware, Morse Code isn't required for a Ham License anymore.

As the OP says, it's very easy these days to get a license because the study guides follow the tests exactly, so there's only some memorization required, unlike years ago when a lot of knowledge was required.

Full disclosure: I'm a Volunteer Examiner for the ARRL and have been since the program started, and an Extra Class licensee since 1983.


Dang, did not know that ... been studying Morse Code the last few weeks. At least now I can understand the code, but not fast by any means.

OKCGene ... thank you sir for the tube link.


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Originally posted by Flash-LB:
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Originally posted by henryaz:
How did you do on the code test? Wink


I'm sure you're being facetious, but for those who are unaware, Morse Code isn't required for a Ham License anymore.

As the OP says, it's very easy these days to get a license because the study guides follow the tests exactly, so there's only some memorization required, unlike years ago when a lot of knowledge was required.

Full disclosure: I'm a Volunteer Examiner for the ARRL and have been since the program started, and an Extra Class licensee since 1983.


Dang, did not know that ... been studying Morse Code the last few weeks. At least now I can understand the code, but not fast by any means.

OKCGene ... thank you sir for the tube link.
^^^^^^^^^^^ Eventhough the testing for knowlege of "Morse Code" (the orginal digital mode) has been dropped for testing purposes it is still a active and alive form of hams communicating.. Actually the "morse Code" (knowm as CW) sometimes has the ability to get through rough conditions when a voice signal can not be reliably heard....................................... drill sgt.
 
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