Getting your HAM (amateur) license

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Getting your HAM license is easy and opens up a whole new world as far as communications. Coverage is usually better than cell phones and is free or a minumal charge for phone patch use on certain repeaters.

Most new amateur radio operators start with the "no-code" Technician Class operator license. No morse code is required for this license. You must pass element 2 which consists of 35 questions concerning the privileges of a Technician Class operator license. The minimum passing score is 26. There are many study books available at Radio Shack and the local library. The cost of the test is a maximum of $6.60.

This FCC webpage explains what you need to get a HAM license and where to take the test.  http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/amateur/amhow2.html

Another good website about HAM radio is the ARRL.

http://www.arrl.org/
 

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Hi Jesse!  Great web site!  After 30+ years, I'm finaly back in Ham radio.  I used to be one in 8th and 9th grade, but soon lost interest.  After my dad past his Ham license, I past mine June 5.  I am a Tech. + and will be studing for my General license.  
 Are you a Ham?  My call letters are: Kc0KVS.
 

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I've been thinking of getting back into commo, I was a commo guy in the Army I had lots of exposure to some nice commo gear, but since I got out I've left it behind.

Can anyone recommend a book for the General license. I know Morse Code, I just need to brush up.

Thanks
 

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The instructional books authored by Gordon West are excellent for first time, and reviewing the basics. There should be a new edition published this month. The series is a common shelf item at all Radio Shack stores.
 

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I got my tech license last month. To study, I just kept retaking the practice exams at E-Ham until I consistently got a passing score. I only missed one on the actual test.

You can also try theARRL site for study materials. They publish several books.
 

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Thanks guys, I'll take a look at the site and books, as well as brush up on my Code.
 

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Hey Guys, going for the Element 2 exam soon. I'm like you Coyote, I've ben taking those practice exams and am now down to missing between 5-7 questions. My problem child is the different bands and frequencies. Any suggestions????
 

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Hello I am a Ham radio operator as well. I have been for about 13 years or so now. Just wondering what everyones calls are.

Tom (KB8TRP)
 

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KI6FLP, but soon to be K6ARW (vanity). I'm on the WIN system (monitor Santiago primarily)
73's
Randy
 

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As an update to this the FCC has announced the code has been deleted from the test requirements for all licences. Probably won't take effect for a month or 2 but its happening.
 

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This is Seth, KI6ATM, out of Lancaster, CA
I'm a General Class Licensee
 

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Hey Seth, what kind of radio do you run on 2m & 440? I run a Yaesu vx7r
 

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Well, for my shack, I use my Icom IC-7000, & for mobile, I use My Icom IC-208H
 

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I'm not up on the latest gear, but I am getting back into it. What's a good, inexpensive, all around 2M HT? Light enough for hunting/backpacking, powerful enough for mobile chat?
 

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The Yaesu VX-7R is a quad bander handheld, 6m, 2m, 220mhz & 440mhz, puts out 5 watts & for me works great. It's small, waterproof to 3feet for 30minutes if I remember correctly. Only problem is they are a little pricey at 300 bucks from AES.
 

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Thanks. I wonder if a 2M only version is available for less?

I'm also a gold prospector, BTW.
 


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