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  1. KE8OOV

    KE8OOV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello fellow amateurs and amateurs to be! I'm posting this to encourage those of you who are upgrading or looking forward to getting an amateur license. On June 13th, I passed the Technician exam. After passing the Technician exam, I decided that I wanted to go all the way so that I could have all of the privileges of the license. On July 11th, I passed the General license. I then started to study for the Extra license. It was a lot harder, so for the last two weeks before taking the exam, I turned the TV off and bucked down. First I studied each section, 1 thru 10 with a $4 app that not only had the questions and answers, but an explanation of the answers. Then I took the sections exams on QRZ.COM. IT'S FREE! Once I was consistently getting 80 and above on the section exams, I started taking the practice exams...the 50 question exams. When I was getting in the high 80's and above consistently, I knew that I was ready to take the Extra exam. I took the Extra exam on August 15th and passed with a 92.
    I learned in the Marines, and in college afterwards, that you don't try to learn everything before taking the exams. If you try to do that, you will never pass the exam. Most of it is like, "ON THE JOB TRAINING". In other words, you'll learn what it means after you pass the exam.
    One guy asked me, "Yea, but do you know your stuff?" I politely let him know won't know most of it until you start doing it. I also told him that he should congratulate the person and not criticize.
    Everyone will have their own method of studying for the exam/exams, but this is what worked for me.
    Stay safe everyone!
    KF5KWO, N1VAU, K4MID and 4 others like this.
  2. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats but that is far from a unique experience these days. Enjoy the hobby.

    In the bad old days many did it at one sitting at a FCC office, PLUS the 20 wpm code test.
    W4HWD and WQ4G like this.
  3. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Great Job/ now the QRZ Bunch wants to work you on the air as soon as you can get on. Just let us all know and we'll try to work you.

    My XYL went from novice to Extra in 2 months 5, 13 & 20 wpm code too! Back in the 1980s
  4. WQ4G

    WQ4G Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congratulations on getting your ticket and I hope to work you OTA some day...

    That's quite an accomplishment to go from Tech to Extra in a couple of months. 30 years ago there was a 20 WPM Morse Code test for Extra Class and the question pool was not published. So there was no way, without a lot of effort, to know what was on the test until it was in front of you. AND, the test was (with some exceptions) only administered at the FCC Field Offices. Much more intimidating to say the least and for some operators achieving Extra took years instead months.

    But, that's still quite an accomplishment in this day and time... Now, (IMO) time to exhibit the exemplary operating skills and techniques commensurate with the Extra Amateur License.


    Dan WQ4G
  5. K8BZ

    K8BZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great job and welcome to the hobby. Now you have the rest of your life to explore the unlimited possibilities of the hobby and not be distracted by upgrades. You are very correct when you said it's like on the job training. Ham radio experience starts out like a small hill, but can become a giant mountain that never has to stop growing with time. Can't wait to have my first of many QSOs with you. 73
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  6. G0WYD

    G0WYD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well done sir,

    Look forward to catching you from this side of the pond, you have worked had to get it and thats that :) , we have so many tests levels on how to get your ticket here in the uk, it almost seems you may be able to buy your ticket and a call sign of your choice and making on line soon, but hay ho ! That’s the way of the world of ham radio in the UK if you want something over here you just stamp your feet and sulk,

    It seems that ofcom the controllers of all things ham radio here just don’t have a clue and as for caring for the hobby.......... they would come last in a race every time with regards to ham radio in the UK.

    Well done, and as has been said to me in the past when in the USA, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, from one ex serviceman to another,

    Bob. G0WYD
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2020
  7. W1TRY

    W1TRY XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Congratulations Kevin, well done! Hope to hear you on the air.
    Stay safe and 73.
  8. N6IQ

    N6IQ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    WELL DONE. Now is the time to Elmer others just starting out.
  9. N1VAU

    N1VAU XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thank you for your service!

    I like your style and I totally agree that the real learning happens after we pass the exam.

    Going from "0" to "Extra" that quick is admirable. Congratulations!

    Happy to have you in this hobby and hope to hear you on the air soon.

  10. KD4MOJ

    KD4MOJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    We need a Worked All Two Month Extra Award! :D

    Seriously, congrats Kevin! Only took me 28 years to upgrade to extra!

    WQ4G likes this.

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