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Old December 1st, 2005, 03:51 PM
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Marcus Goldhawke
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HAM's...

I have the opportunity to take the Ham test on saturday locally...My question is...Am I wasting my time or with a basic understanding of radio and a touch of common sense do I stand a chance...Or am i gonna need to start cramming tonight through saturday?

Or should I just study and wait till the next test session?

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Old December 1st, 2005, 03:55 PM
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Some of the questions are very intuitive and easy. Others you would probably not know unless you had done some reading. I'd study between now and then and take it. It's only $14
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Old December 1st, 2005, 03:57 PM
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Then you'll have to take the "general" exam. We might be able to reach FL with HF...
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Old December 1st, 2005, 04:06 PM
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Marcus Goldhawke
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Thanks Aaron...that was my thought...its only $14...I' have wasted more than that on junk food....If I fail....its $14 worth of what to expect next time...
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Old December 1st, 2005, 04:43 PM
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I say take the test but still study for it. Why even spend the time taking the test if you have a high probability of failing? Just so that you can fail and then fall back on the defense that you didn't study for it in the first place, so it doesn't really matter that you failed? That's just a waste of time. I don't know about your area but here in SoCal the tests are given almost weekly by various amateur radio clubs. Take a look here to search for amateur radio tests in your area:

http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/examsearch.phtml

The amateur ratio test questions are a matter of public record and are posted in a lot of different places on the web. This is one:

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

Practice taking the test a few hours a night before you take the test and I think you will very likely pass the test. The test isn't that hard, but there are lots of questions there that you will have no clue on unless you study.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 05:13 PM
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marcus, you too???????

although i'll join the club soon... damn ham freaks!
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Old December 1st, 2005, 05:54 PM
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Thanks for the link John...very helpful...I'm scoring 70's...so I expect with a bit of practice I can score enough to pass...

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Old December 1st, 2005, 05:59 PM
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If you're scoring in the 70's now, then I would definitely cram tomorrow and then try to pass the test on Saturday. You will likely pass.

Soon Ho will be the only one without a license.

Oh wait....there's always Jack.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 07:43 PM
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Old December 2nd, 2005, 03:44 PM
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Damn, that's cool. Good luck!
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