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upgrayedd
Lamar Fan
Lifting at Tobin's house
Member since Mar 2013
107194 posts

Anyone here have a HAM radio license?
How difficult is it to get one and can you learn on your own or is it better to take a class or join a club?


VABCHTIGER
LSU Fan
Virginia Beach
Member since Sep 2007
223 posts

re: Anyone here have a HAM radio license?
There are three levels of Ham licenses - the first two are pretty easy to obtain and the highest level is a bit more difficult. All three levels are composed of multiple choice questions chosen from a larger pool of questions - All the questions and answers are readily available on the internet, and there are free websites out there that will do a very good job of getting you ready to pass the tests.

That said - if that is all you do to get your license, you will have a license without really knowing that much about Ham radio as the questions are generally on very specific things without going into the reasoning behind the answers. If you can join a club and find a good Elmer, you will get much more out of Ham radio!!!


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Pechon
Chicago Cubs Fan
Member since Oct 2011
2894 posts

re: Anyone here have a HAM radio license?
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can you learn on your own


That's kind of how I did it in high school. It also helped my father was already a Ham operator who helped.


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or is it better to take a class or join a club


I haven't been into it in quite some time but if you reach out to a club I'm sure they would be more than happy to help you study for an exam. Nice part is morse code is no longer a requirement at all.


dakarx
Army Fan
Member since Sep 2018
1375 posts

re: Anyone here have a HAM radio license?
Have been a Ham since the late 80s. Powered down last move a few years ago and haven't been active since.

Either find a local group or lookup local Volunteer Examiners in your area on the W5YI website.

Pretty painless to get started these days....


upgrayedd
Lamar Fan
Lifting at Tobin's house
Member since Mar 2013
107194 posts

re: Anyone here have a HAM radio license?
I ordered one of those cheapish Chinese handheld radios just to play with to see if it's something I might like. Any advice on how to start tinkering with it?


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blueridgeTiger
LSU Fan
Granbury, TX
Member since Jun 2004
13798 posts

re: Anyone here have a HAM radio license?
I've been a Ham since 1955 and currently hold an Amateur Extra Class license.

There are ham radio clubs in most cities - google and see if you can find one in your area. They will set you on the course to obtain your license.

73 OM


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RJYH
Alabama Fan
Member since Aug 2010
6923 posts

re: Anyone here have a HAM radio license?
Per Adam Curry, you should start with a $25 walkie and you should be able to pass with some light studying. I'm going to start on my tech license soon.


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