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Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« on: April 26, 2014, 10:14:55 PM »
Evenin' All,

So, who here actually has their Ham License??

I am curious to network with some Hams. Looks like my life long learning will now turn towards becoming a Ham. My Great Uncle once offered me his base station, but I was too young at the time and was still moving around too much.

But has Ham technology ever changed. The new dual band portables look to open up a new world of communications, whether at home or on the road.

I have the study materials, but it would be good be able to ask questions from time-to-time.

Look forward to seeing how this thread develops.

Cheers,

Mountainman.

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Re: Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2014, 07:31:02 PM »
I have been a General Class Ham since 1988
I will do all I can to answer your questions.


Almost all ???  can be answered by joining a free website,

http://www.eham.net


You don't need a licence to join, and almost any question can be answered there
Canadian laws are practically the sane as US laws

There are 2 general divisions of hams interests, and are roughly
divided at 30 megahertz or below (Hi Frequency operations at 3.5 Mhz to 28 Mhz
or50 Megahertz, 6 meters and shorter VHF)

Typically, HF rigs have 5 bands and
Duel Band radios cover 2 of VHF bands, 2 meters, or 146 MHZ, Or 220 MHZ
or 440 MHZ ETC.

Roughly this division is also the dividing line between radios that will
routinely talk to other hams thousands of miles away, (HF) or local coverage, which is
so essential at local distances especially local disasters.

Since these VHF radios useful range being confined to line of sight, there are "repeaters"
which allow low powered dual bands to talk to each across long distances.
( there is a repeater net work which roughly follows Interstate 75 from
Michigan to Florida, all repeaters mounted on mountains or hills along the way.

Another ability of VHF radios is the ability to make phone calls from your radio
Again I will help anyone I can in regard of Ham Radio

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Re: Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2014, 10:16:43 PM »
iamusul,

Thanks. No questions yet. But I know they are just around the corner.

Thanks for the link. I will check that out.

Cheers,

MM.

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Re: Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 09:18:16 PM »
Hi,I have a ham radio and am learning more about ham communications.

 I downloaded the amRRON software; thanks Mountain man !

Can one jump from repeater to repeater if one wants to talk to another ham hundreds of kms away?
Give respect, get respect.

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Re: Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2014, 10:07:53 PM »
I have the course and as soon as time permits me I'll be writing the exam!

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Re: Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2014, 10:34:08 PM »
E.W.F.

Please post your thoughts as your studies go on and what you thought of the test.

Just one question, are you getting help from a ham club to prep for the test or just using the course material??

My local ham club's website has some prep material and I have the study guide. I am still reviewing both. I am not sure if I will approach the ham club for a tutor/test prepper or whether I will go in cold with just book knowledge. This is a big adventure. At least, morse code is no longer mandatory. Although, I think it would be a good skill to have, but maybe after getting use to operating a ham radio.

MM.

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Re: Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2014, 01:00:09 PM »
It looks like the London Amateur Radio Club may be offering the basic Ham course this fall, starting in September.
If they do, I'll be taking it.  I've been working bit by bit over the years to get my license but have never done so.  I now just want to take the course and the exam and be done with it.  If anyone else is interested, I'll post more info as I become aware.


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Re: Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2014, 01:21:36 PM »
MM - - I have the book and the discs from the York Amateur Radio Club. A very dear friend of mine is one of the co-founders of this group (he is an elderly gentleman) and I am getting prep help! The discs have the relevant information that is specific to the exam. Apparently it is 100 questions - all multiple choice or true or false.... no time limit.

It's funny - I used to look at people's personalized license plates wondering what the heck are these VA3 or VE3's - - now I know!

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Re: Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2014, 11:31:53 PM »
EWF,

Sounds like you have a solid team to work with. Best success. I hear there is a database of 1100 questions, each test is made up of 100 questions from the 1100. Good to learn that it is true or false and no time limit.

GG,

Best success to you, too!!

MM.

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Re: Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2014, 09:06:01 AM »
Note to all the the exam bank of questions was very recently changed.  Best download the new questions.  Can't say how many were changed.

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Re: Radio Operator's License for Ham Radios
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2014, 10:03:27 AM »
Thanks MM and Greenguy for the heads up!!