Just got back into ham radio

Discussion in 'Becoming a Ham - Q&A' started by KA6AIM, Feb 11, 2021.

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  1. KA6AIM

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    Hello, I am studying for the Technician exam and the sample tests on this site are very helpful.

    I am a former Novice then Technician license holder from about 35 years ago and hope to get my old callsign back, KA6AIM.

    I almost Worked All States on CW back then at 5 WPM lol. The 13 WPM requirement at the time kept me from advancing to general class. Other interests took hold and I let my license expire.

    I probably jumped into equipment purchases a little prematurely. I bought a TS-820s that is supposed to work on RX but needs some work on TX. I also just picked up a TS-120 at an estate sale that I have not been able to test because I need to order a power cord for it. I plan to put up a dipole or vertical antenna and do some listening before I get licensed.

    The advances in technology from when I was licensed before are a little more than overwhelming but I guess that is the fun part of this hobby, learning new things and seeing where you fit in.

    Ken W
  2. WD4CHP

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    You might get a copy of Ham Radio for Dummies. It helped my wife whose radio knowledge was the on/off volumn and tuning knob. It is easy to catch up.
  3. KD2RDG

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    Welcome back! I recommend taking the tech and general exams at the same time. You can do it!

    Read through the study books because they're interesting and useful.

    Use https://hamexam.org/ because it will make taking the test easy and less stressful.

    You can listen with a piece of wire if you're not ready to put up the dipole or vertical yet.
  4. AJ4GQ

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    Not necessary. Just go take the test and welcome back.
  5. KP4SX

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    Welcome back!
  6. KA6AIM

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    Thanks to all for the comments and advice.

    I am consistently scoring 70-80% correct on the Technician class sample tests. The electronic part is not a problem, just need to brush up on band assignments, operating modes, etc.

    I bought the latest Gordon West General class study guide and I am about half way through that. I do plan on taking the Tech and General tests at the same time.

    I need to do some more research to find out if anyone is doing test sessions locally, (Northern CA).

    73, Ken W
  7. KA6AIM

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    Thanks to Ric, KC5AKB for messaging me with info on FCC rules pertaining to expired licenses.

    I still have my original license dated 1985 so according to the rules I should get credit for the element 3 general test.

    I still need to take and pass the technician test but that shouldn't be a problem.

    I have signed up for a VE test session on April 10th in Stockton CA.

    73 Ken W
  8. N8RKD

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    My wait for my new privileges was exactly 14 days between test and when it appeared in the FCC database. Hopefully your wait will be shorter.
  9. KA6AIM

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    Passed my Tech exam Saturday and with my expired old license I also got credit for the element 3 exam. I have already been issued a new General class callsign, KN6OKA.

    How do I change my username etc on this site?

    73 and thanks for the encouragement received here.

    Ken W
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  10. N0NC

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    Welcome back. Hope you get the TS-820 going again, I had one when I was in Hawaii (US Navy), and South Dakota, really nice receiver.
    On getting the call sign changed, drop a line to one of the administrators, like Dave @W7UUU to get the change done.

    73, Chuck

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