[Space] HAM licenses

Chris Paget ivegotta at tombom.co.uk
Sat Mar 13 04:10:15 PST 2010


Heh, I'm actually planning on:

1) Technician class tomorrow in Sunnyvale
2) General class on 3/20 in redwood city
3) Possibly Extra class the week after just for the hell of it
4) ...
5) Profit!

I highly recommend http://kb0mga.net/exams/index.php - I knew many of
the answers from existing knowledge or common sense, that site is
fabulous for helping learn the rest.  I was planning on attending the
ham cram on April 3rd in Morgan Hill (http://www.baears.com/info.php)
but on there I learned it in just a couple of hours - bonus!

One idea:  it takes just 3 General class licensees to administer an
exam.  It would be superb to get enough folks trained up that we can
have impromptu ham exams any time that the right people happen to be in
the same room...

Cheers!

Chris


On 03/13/2010 03:15 AM, Christie Dudley wrote:
> Yeah, Chris is planning on getting his license tomorrow at 10:30 in
> Sunnyvale.  It seems that hams are characteristically bad about posting
> their schedules online.  I can pick up dates and times for people who
> are looking to get their stuff.  If you want to study and take a regular
> test, that's wise, but if you want a license and to pick up the details
> later, you can do a ham cram.
> 
> 
> Christie
> _______
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> scripts." -- Noisebridge meeting notes 2008-06-17
> 
> The outer bounds is only the beginning.
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> 
> 
> On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 10:29 PM, Brian Choate <brian.choate at gmail.com
> <mailto:brian.choate at gmail.com>> wrote:
> 
>     oops, did a reply instead of reply all the first time...
> 
>     I got my license at the same ham cram that Christie went to. I was
>     able to pass without any prior studying.
> 
>     I've actually been doing a lot of reading/studying since getting the
>     license because I want to do lots of stuff with radios now.
> 
>     I had been interested getting a ham license since high school, but
>     just never got motivated enough to make it happen because I thought
>     it would be a lot harder to get a license.
> 
>     B.
> 
> 
>     On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 8:46 PM, <nils at shkoo.com
>     <mailto:nils at shkoo.com>> wrote:
> 
>         Citation needed. :)
> 
>         Do you have a reference?  I can't find information on any education
>         sessions for any of the exams except for the SF ham cram (which next
>         happens in mid-april, http://wcf.com/aero/exams/).
> 
>         It also seems a bit implausable, seeing as the ham cram has 5
>         hours of
>         study.  With the same amount of study time (to accomidate for the
>         untechnically inclined), that would put the Fremont exam
>         tomorrow starting
>         the study session at 4am for a 9am exam time.
> 
>         -nils
> 
>         On Fri, 12 Mar 2010, Christie Dudley wrote:
> 
>         > EVERYONE can get a ham license by:
>         > 1) Getting up early enough to arrive at the designated place
>         by 8AM. (Quite
>         > possibly the biggest challenge)
>         > 2) Reading what they tell you to read
>         > 3) Writing the answers on the test
>         >
>         > There were a lot of... not very smart or knowledgeable people
>         who took the
>         > test the same time as me and they all passed.  You can too.
>          You don't need
>         > to spend time preparing or anything else.  (Although I imagine
>         you could
>         > actually learn something that way - this just gets you your
>         license.)
>         >
>         > I can pick up flyers for people tomorrow at the Electronics
>         Flea market if
>         > anyone is interested.
>         >
>         > Christie
>         > _______
>         > "We also briefly discussed having officers replaced by very
>         small shell
>         > scripts." -- Noisebridge meeting notes 2008-06-17
>         >
>         > The outer bounds is only the beginning.
>         > http://www.flickr.com/photos/genriel/sets/72157623376093724/
>         >
>         >
>         > On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 7:49 PM, <nils at shkoo.com
>         <mailto:nils at shkoo.com>> wrote:
>         >
>         >> I'd like to encourage y'all to get HAM licenses if you
>         haven't gotten one
>         >> already.  It'd make a lot of stuff easier, and it's not that
>         tough to do.
>         >>
>         >> It would be useful for us to have more folks who have HAM
>         licenses, since
>         >> they could (legally) operate the gear and provide
>         communication services
>         >> if we have more than one chase vehicle or whatnot.
>         >>
>         >> It's really not very hard at all to get a Technician license,
>         which allows
>         >> you to do all the stuff that we'll be doing.  It's just rote
>         memorization,
>         >> and a lot of the stuff you can probably get right by guessing
>         if you're at
>         >> technologically knowledgable to start with.  Here are the
>         practice
>         >> flashcards (with the actual test questions) that I used to
>         get a 100%
>         >> score on the exam:
>         >>
>         >> http://kb0mga.net/exams/
>         >>
>         >> There are usually ham tests every Saturday morning (and
>         occasionally at
>         >> other times) Here is the ARRL search page for exam locations.
>          Most of
>         >> them are walk-in:
>         >>
>         >> http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/examsearch.phtml
>         >>
>         >> Tomorrow there's one in Fremont, and one in Lafayette.
>         >>
>         >> Sunnyvale also has one going on (not affiliated with the ARRL
>         so it
>         >> doesn't show up on their search):
>         >>
>         >> http://www.amateur-radio.org/
>         >>
>         >> -nils
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