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#298554 - 03/05/21 04:46 AM Re: CB Radio. No, really. [Re: Blast]
rafowell Offline

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 244
Loc: Southern California
> I want to want Ham radio. But for normal people, it's just too complex.

To plagarize a phrase: "if you are smarter than a 6 year old", you can get your amateur radio license.

Here are some six year olds (and one 5-yr old) who did so:

5 Year old girl, 1991

6 Year old girl, 2002

6 Year old girl, 2003 - made first and second level (Technician, General ham licences, as a 7-yr old, she made Extra (highest level)

6 yr old boy (K2CLH) (2nd level when he as a 7-yr old)

Admittedly, in my case, I was a lot older (and had a Ph.D in Engineering ),
when I got my Technician (lowest level, no Morse Code) license,
and have not progressed beyond that.

But really, a Ph.D. in Engineering is not a requirement for an Amateur radio license.

Passing the current license test requires only rote memorization to a list of questions,
and both the questions and the answers are provided for your study.

There are lots of websites and apps that will drill
you on the questions, too - flashcard style.

Edited by rafowell (03/05/21 04:57 AM)
Edit Reason: Elaborated
A signal mirror should backup a radio distress signal, like a 406 MHz PLB (ACR PLB) (Ocean Signal PLB)

#298555 - 03/05/21 06:49 AM Re: CB Radio. No, really. [Re: rafowell]
M_a_x Offline
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Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 1134
Loc: Germany
Originally Posted By: rafowell
To plagarize a phrase: "if you are smarter than a 6 year old", you can get your amateur radio license.

Kids at that age are information sponges. They learn quick and easy. You just need to spark interest.
With that out of the way, itīs really not that hard to get an entry level license. The range of complexity is huge. You can go with a simple hand held tranceiver or all the way up to developing your own transceiver with a spectrum in between. Everyone can find the level that suites the own interest.
Apart from that the ham community has great people who like to help. The social contacts alone are worth the effort. It got me an invitation on board of a mine sweeper boat. Those hams also man a ham station dedicated to a vintage U boat (the U boat is driven by hand cranks and on exhibition in a museum).
If it isnīt broken, it doesnīt have enough features yet.

#298847 - 04/14/21 09:57 PM Re: CB Radio. No, really. [Re: Blast]
RayW Offline

Registered: 12/06/01
Posts: 566
Loc: Orlando, FL
Thanks for the video Blast. I studied the hamexam.org technician practice tests for a few weeks and passed the real test this last weekend. I'm now KO4PHQ. If anyone is on the fence about this the FCC is about to start charging $ for the license, right now it's still free and at most $15 to take the test.

#298849 - 04/15/21 12:48 AM Re: CB Radio. No, really. [Re: MartinFocazio]
chaosmagnet Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3544
Loc: USA
Welcome to the hobby RayW!

73 de chaosmagnet

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