Commentary on the state of license testing

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K1VSK, Apr 8, 2018.

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  1. W0VRA

    W0VRA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Haven't studied for the general since I passed in November 2016.

    Today I took a sample test.

    I passed.

    Must be crazy easy.

    I'm not worthy to be called a ham.
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2018
  2. NL7W

    NL7W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I, too, wouldn't be worthy of being called a ham if I was to take my tests in 2106!
     
  3. W0VRA

    W0VRA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good thing there was no part of the test that required copying something accurately.
     
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  4. NL7W

    NL7W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    :)
    Correct. I remember the strange text and questions on said strangeness in the Morse Code exams of yesteryear.
     
  5. W0VRA

    W0VRA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wouldn't it have been funny if the first piece of code you had to copy said, "THE VE WILL PASS YOU FOR 100 DOLLARS"
     
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  6. W9BFZ

    W9BFZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just like the old commercial drivers license system in Chicago :)
     
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  7. W4KYR

    W4KYR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ohm's law : Don't mess with Mrs. Ohm.
     
  8. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    You must have put it in front of something somewhere along the line or you wouldn't be here.
    I bet you gave up watching The Beverly Hillbillies reruns!! :D:D
    A half an hour here and there would do it!:)
     
  9. W9BFZ

    W9BFZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Close, it was The Munsters :)
     
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  10. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I took my extra which was at an FCC office, the code you'd copy was full of trick stuff like;
    The rig here is a Kenwood TS101E.
    My QTH is Seattle WY.

    As far as the written test goes, I had to know the Boolean equation. I doubt that many have ever used that for amateur radio purposes.
    Whether they were/are easy exams or not, in my opinion (back then at least), they never had much validity and consequently no reliability.
    The advanced class exam was the most straightforward test.
     
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