Zombie Squad Amateur Radio Network: part 2 - Licensing

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Post by jamoni » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:08 am

I just went to http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl and took the test a bazillion times. Anything technical I googled until I understood it.
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Post by kyle » Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:16 am

jamoni wrote:Just got my technician license. Let me tell you, those guys make regular nerds seem like suave sophisticates. They did mock the guy who failed, though, which was pretty cool.


Woot!

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Post by Hermit » Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:28 am

jamoni wrote:I just went to http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl and took the test a bazillion times. Anything technical I googled until I understood it.


How many hours/days did you study (estimate)? I've been taking the practice exams at http://www.w8mhb.com/ over and over again.

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Post by jamoni » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:10 pm

Hermit wrote:
jamoni wrote:I just went to http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl and took the test a bazillion times. Anything technical I googled until I understood it.


How many hours/days did you study (estimate)? I've been taking the practice exams at http://www.w8mhb.com/ over and over again.

Probably a total of 6-8 hours. Just whenever.
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Post by Doctor Jest » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:54 pm

Hermit,
I know I recommended w8mhb's site myself. But I just looked at it yesterday. Mike has not updated his site to reflect the fact that they changed the Tech test this past summer. He's not using the current test, so use another source of practice exams like the link jamoni has posted above.

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Post by Hermit » Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:17 am

Doctor Jest wrote:Hermit,
I know I recommended w8mhb's site myself. But I just looked at it yesterday. Mike has not updated his site to reflect the fact that they changed the Tech test this past summer. He's not using the current test, so use another source of practice exams like the link jamoni has posted above.


Yeah...

I spent most of today taking the tests at the site jamoni was using...I'm able to pass with 80% proficiency on a regular basis so far, but I'm paranoid about it so I'll probably keep working the exams over for awhile longer.

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Post by Doctor Jest » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:28 am

Hermit,

If you're scoring 80%, you should be fine. 70% is passing. I understand your point, though, I studied till I knew the material like the back of my hand.
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Post by jamoni » Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:23 pm

Just got my callsign. :)
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Post by Cromwell » Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:26 pm

Congrats!

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Post by O » Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:52 pm

Jamoni,

That's awesome to hear. Do you have a radio yet?
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Post by jamoni » Sat Dec 23, 2006 9:15 pm

O wrote:Jamoni,

That's awesome to hear. Do you have a radio yet?

Uh....
no.

I understand there's a big hamfest next month in Collinsville. I'm planning on liquidating some assets and picking up a decent mobile.
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Post by CutterJeff » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:41 pm

I've been hitting the online technician test - good website. I'm kinda proud - scored a 72 without studying, I'm up to getting 82-85 or so reliably now.

Found this site: http://www.aa9pw.com/radio/morse.html which will generate a .au sound file of code for you to decode. I'm going to start playing with it a bit each day, see if I can get to where I understand it.

Tech-no-code test if Feb 03 in my area.... See if I can make it or if work drags me out.

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Post by Rogue1987 » Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:35 pm

Is it true that the FCC has droped the CW requirement on the general license test?


I've just really started getting into this, I can do about 90% on the online tests, now I am just trying to find where and when I can take the test for technician, and am trying to figure out if I need to start hammering code for the general test as well (Something makes me think its going to take a while to get code down pat for me).
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Post by LtCmdLeia » Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:49 pm

Rogue, there's no code requirements anymore.

You can go to arrl.org to get a list of times and locations for exams.
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Post by Leethal » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:05 pm

Check your local amateur radio clubs to see if they do regular testing. I know most of the ones around here have monthly or bimonthly testing.
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Post by PoorImpulseControl » Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:41 am

The other option is to look for local VE testing sessions on the ARRL website.

Other study guides / helpful websites are as follows:

QRZ's practice tests. Free and useful to see which areas where you may be weak.

Eham also has some practice tests.

Ham Test Online is a subscription based service that works out very VERY well. The price is $50/2 years. More than enough time for you to study all the way to your extra!
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Post by WoG » Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:52 pm

Thanks for this thread - this info is great, I'm going to start studying.

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Post by WoG » Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:53 am

My test is tomorrow morning. Going to try and get tech and general nailed in one day. I feel good about the tech test, but the general is going to be tough for me. I've got some flash cards, Dr.Jests notes (thanks btw) and I'm going to cram my eyeballs out tonight and take a ton of practice tests. I'll post in here on how it went.

Wish me luck. :)

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Post by WoG » Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:18 pm

Passed the tech test, I chickened out on the general test. I need to learn a lot more... :)

But hopefully I'll get a radio soon and get on the air.

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Post by LtCmdLeia » Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:35 pm

Congratulations WoG!
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Post by hawke84 » Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:32 pm

Congrats WoG
The General test is not that hard. With a bit more study you'l do fine.

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Post by CoffeeGuy » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:54 am

Now that the CW is not required to get the General... do I need to take the Tech before taking the General... or is my time best spend studying only for the General?

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Post by Bunsen » Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:41 pm

CoffeeGuy wrote:Now that the CW is not required to get the General... do I need to take the Tech before taking the General... or is my time best spend studying only for the General?

You have to take the exams in sequence, but the tech exam should be a no-brainer if you're ready for the general. Also, one exam fee lets you take as many exams as you can pass, so it'll save you a few bucks to take both at once. You'll also get a free shot at extra, so you might guess your way to a higher class license even if you haven't really studied for it.

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Post by MikeCharlieUniform » Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:14 pm

jamoni wrote:I just went to http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl and took the test a bazillion times. Anything technical I googled until I understood it.

Just to test myself, without any studying at all I went and took one of these tests and scored a 74%. Of course, I also have a BS in electrical engineering, but on the flip side I haven't actually done any electrical engineering in 9 years. So it's not a very hard test. I obviously missed a few questions related to some regs and stuff.

Maybe I should start studying for a general and try to knock two down in one pass.

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