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topgeek

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I need to get my license - can the test be taken online or do you have to go someplace in person?

I haven't studied yet but I passed a sample online test using general knowledge (Systems Engineering & Robotics degree 25 years ago; but I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday - lol). Are any of these "ham study" websites worthwhile or should I order the books?


.mobile
 
I need to get my license - can the test be taken online or do you have to go someplace in person?

I haven't studied yet but I passed a sample online test using general knowledge (Systems Engineering & Robotics degree 25 years ago; but I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday - lol). Are any of these "ham study" websites worthwhile or should I order the books?


.mobile
You can study online, but you have to go in person to a license testing session. ARRL has a decent search to find nearby testing sessions. http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session

There is no requirement to purchase any books to study for the test(s). I think the tests won't be much of a challenge for somebody with your background. I did purchase the ARRL Extra study guide, but for the actual test I found that http://www.hamstudy.org was the best prep. I like the flash cards to study each section, and then I had no problems with the practice tests.
 

topgeek

Active Member
The problem I have with flash card / quiz sites & apps I'm finding is that you are learning to pass the test - not understand the theory. I'd really like to understand the theories I'm weak in as opposed to "memorizing the answers".

I couldn't find any actual learning material on that hamstudy.org - is it there somewhere and I'm just missing it?

cheers and thanks!
Ed
 
I agree. I also prefer study materials. I don't think the online sites have much depth of theory. I like the ARRL study guides and the "No-Nonsense study guide" series for learning. Then I use Hamstudy to prepare for the test(s).
 

Rhodes

New Member
For study guides I highly recommend Dave Casler's YouTube channel. He has a series of videos for the Tech, General and Extra exam where you actually learn the material instead of memorize the question pool. His videos got me my General and plan on using them whenever I get around to doing my Extra.
https://www.youtube.com/user/davecasler
 

Dotcom

Member
I used to run a kenwood d700 until some kid in the neighborhood stole the remote display. Now I have a yaesu ft1dr handheld with external antenna and a baofeng handheld for hiking around. Both are 2m/70cm but the yaesu has gps/gprs and packet capabilities.
 
I used to run a kenwood d700 until some kid in the neighborhood stole the remote display. Now I have a yaesu ft1dr handheld with external antenna and a baofeng handheld for hiking around. Both are 2m/70cm but the yaesu has gps/gprs and packet capabilities.
Dotcom, do you use the digital features of the FT1DR? I only know of a single System Fusion repeater in the Denver area. I've used digital (C4FM) once on that repeater, and it worked great. I have an FT1DR and an FTM-400DR. It would be interesting to check some of the digital features (such as voice and group monitor) with you if we are on trail together.
 

Dotcom

Member
To be honest I'm still working on figuring out what all this thing can do. I have been spending most of my free time training the dogs but now that I'm mostly done with that I'm spending more time on the truck, radios, etc