Yanche wrote:I've got a ham license but have never used it. A few years ago I was at a local Ham Fest (ham & computer flea market) with a friend. License exams were being offered and on a "bet you can't pass" I took the exam. I had an interest in ham radio as a kid and remembered enough of the rules to pass the FCC rule questions. The electronics questions were no problem for me. I never tried the license exam as a kid because I couldn't learn the Morse code. The code is no longer a requirement for a ham license.
Cap wrote:Any listers here participate in base CB's or Ham radio?
I have a Uniden 68LTW in my service van. I am considering installing a base antenna at home for some occasional use.
No Morse code is required for any class of Ham license. You start with Technican Class and then progress to General and Amateur Extra. See: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/classes.html There are lots of Web based practice exams. It's all fairly straight forward studying. Exams are administered by volunteer Ham organizations. The questions you will get are taken from a master list created by the FCC. If you practice on the web sites long enough you will see all the possible questions. Ham radios, like most electronics is fairly cheap and there is a wide selection of features. Cell phones have really cut into reason for having a Ham radio VHF hand held transceiver. Like many other hobbies it is struggling to maintain members.WNY wrote:Good to know on the Ham License, I tried learning morse code for my license probably 20 years ago, but couldn't never grasp it. I know the electronics end pretty good.
buickanddeere wrote:Comparing CB to ham radio is like comparing hot dogs to steak.
europachris wrote: Even the traditional "disaster" response of amateur radio operators isn't as important any longer due to cell phones, etc.