Discussion in 'Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator/Upgrading Privi' started by SEADONKEY, Jul 15, 2016.
Insert foot ...... again ....
The youngest one I know of over here was 7 at the time. I believe we had a 9 year old Extra at one time, too. I had the license manual memorized when I was 8 - same year I built my first three tube receiver. If we'd not had a code test, I'm sure I'd have passed the written.
I was an old guy @ 11 years old ..... My first Novice ....
I am not bragging .... It was as it was .... 1961 .....
Oh , that was code only ....
Well, I was 13 when I finally learned the code and got a license. But I was ready for the written test long before that.
Check out www.essexham.co.uk they have a lot of good information. The also have a link to a free Foundation Online Amateur Radio Training Course that may be of some help even if its just a refresher course. A lot has changed since I took the City and Guilds exam back in the 80's
Good luck and hope to see you on the bands.
A new potential ham, first time on the sight, looking for some support and guidance!
I notice after being insulted several times. He has not made a second post. I wonder why?
Good work! Some, not all you guys make a new potential ham feel so welcome. A sincere thanks to those who are actually trying.
Best of luck on passing the test. Just remember. The vast majority of people in the ham community are the kind of people that you would truly want as neighbors. The others in question are luckily a very small minority.
Test booked 13th next month. thanks for the support ka9ucn/joe and kg5ilr.already looking into new radio ft920 or the ts570. I wander how long before this post gets insults. water of a ducks. back. But whould like opinion on which radio to get the ft920 is winning with me so far thanks...
Jay here's a link to the ARRL test report on the FT-920 https://stuff.mit.edu/afs/sipb/user/jhawk/tdunn/ft-920.pdf. I have nothing to base an opinion on. I have only ever used a FT-817nd and FT- 450D. P.S. Good luck on the test let me know how it turns out.
The FT-920 was one of my favorite radios I have owned so far. I still miss many of it's features that are more and more rare. It has pleasent audio to listen to for long periods also which seems rare these days. That being said, to be honest it was never the BEST reciever in the generation and price range. I would highly recommend you not buy one without the upgraded filters as you can not get the filters any longer seperatly, espessially on CW. With the filters, it is a lot of radio on a budget and is basically a FT-1000MP at that point.
If you want to get on the air and play with a wide variety of bands and modes, consider a used FT-991. I recently started with one and am having a really great time with it. Is it perfect? No, it's a shack in a box with all the attendant compromises, but it gets you on the air on many different bands and modes. Other than a computer with a USB port and USB A to B connector it doesn't require any added interfaces to use digital modes. From what I understand, they're falling in price pretty quickly, too.