[rescue] Ham license question...

Kevin Loch rescue at sunhelp.org
Wed Jun 6 10:57:29 CDT 2001

As someone who was a pre-nocode tech, and recently upgraded to Extra, I
can tell
you that all of the tests are easy.  The tests do give a reasonable
assurance that any new Ham has an understanding and appreciation for the
rules and spirit of ham radio.

Actually, I would like to see the Technician test have a bit more depth.
Perhaps they should roll the General written material into the Tech
test and simply have the 5wpm code to upgrade to General.

Of course in two years the code requirement will go away (like it or
not) so
they will probably hold off on any further restructuring until then.

I highly recommend QRZ.com's online practice tests.  Buy the book, read
book, take the practice tests online until you pass every time.


Ken Hansen wrote:
> Without judging those who have passed the tests recently, all I can say is the no code test is quite easy. I had grand plans of studying for the test, working on remembering spectrum allocations, formulas, etc. but when it came right down to it, I found that all I knew for the last 20-odd years was all I needed to get a passing score.
> If you have a chance, scan/review a license guide at a local Radio Shack, then just take the exam. If there is a cost, it will be minimal, and if you fail, you can retake the test at any time.
> Ken
> n2vip
> -----Original Message-----
> <snip>
> > -john (who keeps threatening to become a licensed ham,
> > but always manages to find other projects that have to
> > be done first.)
> With the licencing changes its stupidly easy to be a ham now. No code for tech,
> 5 wpm for all other classes. The same problem we see with certification in the
> puter industry is happening with radio, people who aren't qualified but have
> good memory are passing the exams.
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