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Old April 30th, 2014, 10:22 AM   #1
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Looking for anyone in Macomb county who is has ham radio license and can tell me how hard it is to pass an entry level test. I have no experience with them but always wanted to get my license and see what the world of ham radio is all about. Also where can you take the test?
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Old April 30th, 2014, 10:37 AM   #2
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good time to use this for real stuff

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Old April 30th, 2014, 10:43 AM   #3
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I'm sure there are more
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Old April 30th, 2014, 10:57 AM   #4
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It takes a week of hard studying and then taking the test immediately after before you forget something.
But I'm not in Macomb county so I don't count.
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I don't know specifically about Macomb county, but here's a link to the ARRL web site where you can search for an upcoming exam near you. http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/search

The technician exam (the lowest level of ham licensing) is fairly easy. There are web sited like this: http://hamexam.org/ that have practice exams.
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Ha I guess I should have just put Michigan. Thanks for all the info!
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I have a neighbor who got his license a couple years back, I helped him study.

Technician license- no morse code necessary.

I took the practice test without cracking a book and passed, he bugged me to go take the real test.

Like I need another hobby I can't afford.

I won't say it's 'easy', but if you have an electronics background (hobbyist or professional) most of the test is 'common sense'.
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I have a neighbor who got his license a couple years back, I helped him study.

Technician license- no morse code necessary.

I took the practice test without cracking a book and passed, he bugged me to go take the real test.

Like I need another hobby I can't afford.

I won't say it's 'easy', but if you have an electronics background (hobbyist or professional) most of the test is 'common sense'.
Morse code is no longer necessary for any license level.
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Morse code is no longer necessary for any license level.
Cool.

Still can't afford another stupid hobby though. Obama needs to hand out free HAM radios to those that can't afford them.
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I have a neighbor who got his license a couple years back, I helped him study.

Technician license- no morse code necessary.

I took the practice test without cracking a book and passed, he bugged me to go take the real test.

Like I need another hobby I can't afford.

I won't say it's 'easy', but if you have an electronics background (hobbyist or professional) most of the test is 'common sense'.
Take the practice test on line multiple times where you get different questions (without studying) and report back.

I passed it some times and failed others. That's when I decided to spend a week actually studying.
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What is the appeal to HAM radios and why do they require licenses? Is the hobby just talking to people far away? Just curious, its kinda interesting to me.
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I use it as a giant CB radio. I don't talk around the world or anything like that.

Here is the appeal, great clarity and great distances. A legal CB radio max output is 4 watts. My HAM is rated at 75 watts & actually tested out of the box almost 90. I have talked to people as far away as 25 miles with out a repeater. With a repeater, you can reach even further. I was 17 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie Canada and talking to kb8ymf as he was crossing the Mackinaw Bridge.
All of the trail leaders at SnoFari are able to talk to each other, all around West Branch and St Helen pretty much the same as you would talk to someone 500 ft in front of you on a trail ride.

Since they have a great range, you are required to have an operator's license to use one.
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Take the practice test on line multiple times where you get different questions (without studying) and report back.

I passed it some times and failed others. That's when I decided to spend a week actually studying.
If I wanted to get a license, I would probably do that. I was helping him out with some of the electronics part, my antenna theory is pretty rusty.

It's just something I don't have enough interest in to spend the money on more shit that will sit in my garage.

Also, after meeting some of the ham radio people my neighbor has had over, well, let's just say even my nerdiness has it's limits.
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@Square-D Pretty sure he's an authroiti on this subject
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If I wanted to get a license, I would probably do that. I was helping him out with some of the electronics part, my antenna theory is pretty rusty.

It's just something I don't have enough interest in to spend the money on more shit that will sit in my garage.

Also, after meeting some of the ham radio people my neighbor has had over, well, let's just say even my nerdiness has it's limits.
Yes, I hope I am not the "normal" HAM operator.
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What is the appeal to HAM radios and why do they require licenses? Is the hobby just talking to people far away? Just curious, its kinda interesting to me.
As Jim said the main appeal for the 4 wheeler is the ability to run a higher power radio. But it should be noted that Ham radios can not legally run on the same frequencies as CB radios, so even if you are a licensed ham you are limited to the same 4 watts on CB.

The short answer to why a license is needed is that the government says so. But beyond that, hams are allowed to operate at power levels that could hurt people and mess stuff up, so they want to make sure they have some knowledge of what their doing. It's a subject that could go on for pages.

There are many aspects to the hobby that do not involve just talking to people far away. One of my favorites is transmitter hunting. It's also still used for weather reporting and event communication support.
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If I wanted to get a license, I would probably do that. I was helping him out with some of the electronics part, my antenna theory is pretty rusty.

It's just something I don't have enough interest in to spend the money on more shit that will sit in my garage.

Also, after meeting some of the ham radio people my neighbor has had over, well, let's just say even my nerdiness has it's limits.
Yes, lots of nerds. And mostly old nerds.
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As Jim said the main appeal for the 4 wheeler is the ability to run a higher power radio. But it should be noted that Ham radios can not legally run on the same frequencies as CB radios, so even if you are a licensed ham you are limited to the same 4 watts on CB.

The short answer to why a license is needed is that the government says so. But beyond that, hams are allowed to operate at power levels that could hurt people and mess stuff up, so they want to make sure they have some knowledge of what their doing. It's a subject that could go on for pages.

There are many aspects to the hobby that do not involve just talking to people far away. One of my favorites is transmitter hunting. It's also still used for weather reporting and event communication support.
For instance, grab hold of a HAM antenna when it is transmitting and it will burn your hands. It is basically a vertical microwave oven.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 08:09 PM   #19
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Like others have said take the online classes. Here's another site, http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/try-it.htm.

Some local places to take the test...

http://usecaarc.com/test/

http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/mo...-48043-2217-45

Not in Macomb County, http://hparc.org/. Look in the section on the right of the page for testing.
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