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    who here is a HAM?

    Yeah, I know there are about 20 hams here.
    I'm talking amateur radio operator. I saw a few callsigns over in the Whole House Surge Protector thread. Maybe we need to have a GTT ragchew session.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy b. View Post
    Yeah, I know there are about 20 hams here.
    I'm talking amateur radio operator. I saw a few callsigns over in the Whole House Surge Protector thread. Maybe we need to have a GTT ragchew session.

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    I would like to be, but when I contacted "my local expert" he was a complete jerk to a newbie. How do I learn without having to go through the local jerk that doesn't have time for new guys that are interested in learning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    I would like to be, but when I contacted "my local expert" he was a complete jerk to a newbie. How do I learn without having to go through the local jerk that doesn't have time for new guys that are interested in learning?

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    Yes, having a local group to answer questions and hold classes is a help, but not all that necessary if you can handle some memorization, and have a basic aptitude for math and science. The Ham Elmer site has all of the tests, so you can "learn the test" and passing Technician isn't that bad. If you buy the ARRL study book (which is handy anyway for all levels), it gives some background and theory behind each question. Honestly, when I was preparing I just would google anything I didn't understand and would find a wealth of knowledge on each topic. For example, I had no idea what a Smith Chart was. Well google will let you know, believe me!

    I do have one bit of advice, if you study for the General Class test, you almost by default will know everything on the Technician test. The test fees are the same if you take one test, or all three tests, so I would study for the General exam and just take both the Technician and General at the same time (well, one right after the other the same day). You have a lot more privileges in General class. I haven't made it to Amateur Extra yet. The QRZ site gives online sample tests with scoring.

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    I say go for it! Just the few of us licensees here can send you in the right direction to find info.
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    andy b. Thank you very much for the info. I'll get started studying. I promise not to bother you guys too much!
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    I haven't been active in several years, and the only radio I have left is a little 2m handheld.

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