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Getting Started In HAM Radio
« on: January 08, 2009, 11:16:04 AM »
Since communicating in an emergency can be a vital thing I thought I'd throw together a few resources for those that might want to investigate getting a HAM radio license.  I'm not going to include a bunch of technical stuff, this is going to be geared toward getting your technicians class license.

The Technicians Class license is crazy easy to get & it can be done without investing any money in study materials.  If you invest just a little time at your computer & find a local radio club near you where you can test, you can get the license.  The cost to take the exam is $14.

QRZ Practice Exams They have the practice exams for all classes of licensure.  The Technician  is the first license a newbie needs to get.  These exams are the exact same questions you'll take when you sit for a license exam.  If you take these practice exams you'll know exactly what to expect when you contact a local club to test, so there shouldn't be any surprises.  I took the practice tests for Tech until I was consistently scoring in the 90's & then went & sat for the real test.  I missed one question on the real thing & walked out a licensed amateur.  If you use no other resource, use these tests.  They work.

Mr. Pugsly's test notes  Mr. Pugsly has printable notes for the Tech & General class licenses.  I printed these for my wife when she decided she wanted to start studying for her Tech license.  These notes cover the knowledge base for taking the exams so you don't need  to go buy the books if you don't want to.

 http://hamelmer.com/  (Thanks Firetoad) Another good site for study material with downloadable .PDF documents for the Tech exam. 

The ARRL The mother organization for all things HAM radio related.  This should probably be your first stop for finding a local club near you.

QRZ.com Another great site for all things HAM related.  Everything from solar charts to forums.

The FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS)  The ULS can be used to find your call sign a couple of weeks after you've passed  your exam.  It takes about 10 days or so for your call sign to show up.  Waiting is the hard part! ;D  When you search for your name do it in the following format:  Last Name, First Name  Middle Initial

I hope if you're interested in becoming a licensed amateur you'll check out these resources & join us on the air waves.  It's great fun & in an emergency it's comforting to know that with a minimum investment of time & money you can always be connected to the "outside world".
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One word of warning...

Do not get caught up & discouraged by the "technical" nature of being a HAM radio operator.  You can literally make this hobby as difficult or as easy as you wish to.  There are many who never advance past the Technician level, & that's great.  You can go as far or do as little as you want to.  This is quite possibly one of the most friendly hobbies to be involved in, you'll meet lots of great people who are willing to help strangers for absolutely no gain personally.

I hope you decide to join us. ;)
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Re: Getting Started In HAM Radio
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2009, 06:31:55 AM »
A thread started by Zombie Axe with more information about getting started in HAM radio.

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Re: Getting Started In HAM Radio
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2010, 09:08:17 AM »
More links provided by Pac1911.

some folks had asked for the materials I used to pass tech and general.  The only thing that is different in the list below is the copies of the tests where I have removed all the wrong answers.  you may have to get a google docs account to print or download these docs, but if you dont already have one it isnt a bad idea as you can use it to store a virtual cop of all your emergency documentation so if your hard copy gets destroed you can access form any computer with an internet connection.

Just finished. what I did was remove all of the wrong answers from the tech and general tests.  Add that to the rest of the info below, and it should be a ok.  Sorry it took so long.  We recently added another daughter to the clan and that slowed me up a bit!

Tech Correct only
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AdL8qOlwjGRWZGQ5dGp4OGZfMTBkeDhnNnhkZA&hl=en

General Correct only
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AdL8qOlwjGRWZGQ5dGp4OGZfMTFmbjVycXJjcQ&hl=en

Here is a site that has practice tests:

http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl

http://www.eham.net/exams/

 

These sites contain all of the questions that could be on the test.  The whole pool. No surprises!:

http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/pools.html

http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=349

http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=350

 

 

Here is a site that has study guides these are pretty helpful.:

http://kb6nu.com/2006techstudyguide.pdf

http://kb6nu.com/2007GeneralStudyGuide.pdf

 

And of course my favorite, podcast study guides

http://feeds.mikedell.com/hamradio

http://hamradioclass.com/shownotes/category/technician/

http://hamradioclass.com/shownotes/category/general/

Here is the site that you can search for exam sessions:

http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/examsearch.phtml?zip=29604&dist=50



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Re: Getting Started In HAM Radio
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2010, 05:18:26 PM »
The Ham Radio Podclass

Thanks 52Degrees for the contribution!

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Re: Getting Started In HAM Radio
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Re: Getting Started In HAM Radio
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2013, 07:01:39 AM »
Please note:  The Practice exam link has been changed.  It is now  http://www.qrz.com/hamtest however you must be logged into QRZ.COM to access it.