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Offline Pantheus

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How to get licensed
« on: April 28, 2011, 09:13:34 AM »
There are several ways to get a license to operate a ham radio.  Here is one simple way.

There are three licenses issued by the FCC, in order they are. 

     Technician:  MOST COMMON, The level that allows you to use a ham radio on 2 Meter, ( what is used in The High Lakes, most simplex and repeaters ), 70 cm and other minor areas of the ham band  You need at least a Technician license to operate a ham radio legally.

     General:  The level that opens a LOT more band options, ( pass Technician before taking, but can be same day, at no extra test fee )

     Extra:  Opening all bands, and access ( pass previous two levels, then this one - 50 questions out of 750 question pool )


One simple way is this:

     1) Buy this book and CD:     

                        http://www.arrl.org/shop/Ham-Radio-License-Manual-Revised-2nd-Edition/?page=1

          Some prefer this book and CD

                       http://www.w5yi.org/catalog_details.php?pid=69&sort=4

          You may be able to borrow from a previous user, or find it in many used book stores, but MAKE SURE if the book is used, that it cover licensing question pools from 2010 - 2014   pools are good only for certain times, and changed July 2010

     2) Take online, free practice tests, until you feel comfortable in passing 85% +   Pool has about 400 questions, you will be asked 35, and can miss 9 and still get licensed.

                         http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/study.jsp

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

                         http://copaseticflow.blogspot.com/2008/10/amateur-radio-license-exam-practice.html

     3)  Find a testing place and time

                         http://www.gearsw6rhc.org/?page=GEARS%20VEC

          If that schedule doesn't suit you check here:  http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class  ( you are Pacific Division,   Sacramento Valley section )

     4)  Wait a few days for your new call sign to post in the database:

                        http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchAmateur.jsp


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