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New Guy Thread (again)

Discussion in 'Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator/Upgrading Privi' started by KJ7ZEI, Jan 18, 2021.

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  1. KJ7ZEI

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    Thanks K7MEM! Pretty sure I was seeing double by the time I made that post. I took practice tests ALL day. Sorry about the "grousing". I have never been the type to get perfect scores on tests. The exception being computer based training where I work. The format has changed over the years (25) but the information is the same. I "feel" smart testing for engine run, dangerous goods shipping, aircraft de-ice, etc.

    The Gordon West book series are great in my humble opinion.

    I'll run through a couple practice tests while I drink my a.m. coffee. Then off to the exam! I can hardly wait for the license info to show up on the database so I can transmit!
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  2. KJ7ZEI

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    Here I go..........................................
  3. KJ7ZEI

    KJ7ZEI Ham Member QRZ Page


    A personal milestone not possible 37 months ago. Being sober has "opened" the door to life and much awesomeness like amateur radio.
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  4. N0NC

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    Congratulations, Good job.
    Upon reading the thread again, I see you are also a covid survivor, I had it way back in March 0f 2020, I was an early adopter. Way to go.

    73, Chuck
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2021
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  5. KJ7ZEI

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    Can't keep a good man down Chuck. Or something like that. Thank you.

    Now I feel like I can "say" it: 73
  6. KY4GD

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    Nah, coffee, or maybe a nootropic stack containing a 'racetam, alphaGPC and something like sulbutiamine, or if you *really* need to get those TPS reports in on time, armodafinil, but ginko biloba is not likely to help.

    Congratulations on your win! Passing can feel almost anticlimactic, right?
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  7. KJ7ZEI

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    Thanks! Yes it can a bit, how did you know? ;) Guess I should start studying for extra.....
  8. KY4GD

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    Do it while the mood is fresh, it goes down easier. The biggest plus, IMHO, is the feeling that the matter is "settled". I have a personal distaste for loose ends, and having an easily obtainable notch left to climb would drive me into an OCD fit.

    You have the important part already done though, extra is just a cherry on top. :)
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  9. K7MEM

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    The next goal would be the Extra, but don't over study for it. It's not something to get stressed over. Take some of the sample tests and see where you are lacking. Research the problem areas and then move on. You get a lot of privilege's and band space with a General. A Extra doesn't add much, in that respect, but it is always the final goal. I have never used the Gordon West books but, from all accounts, they are a good source or knowledge. I saw Gordon West at a ham fest a few years ago. Seems to be a nice guy.

    In the meantime, turn your attention to getting on the air. You can learn a lot from talking to other hams.
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  10. KJ7ZEI

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    We must be related.
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