What benefit is there to becoming an Extra?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N4QFY, Jun 15, 2020.

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  1. W5UAA

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    I got my extra back in '85 so I wouldn't have any issues getting full reciprocal licenses in England, Korea and Greece.
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  2. KE0GXN

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    If you like or want to chase DX, its worth it.
  3. K4KYV

    K4KYV Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Not having to keep track of all those class-privilege sub-bands.
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  4. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Everyone needs to remember band limits regardless of operating privileges.
  5. W1VT

    W1VT Ham Member QRZ Page

    There are simple QRP rigs that can only operate within the amateur bands. They lack the flexibility to operate out of band, so there is no need to remember those facts.

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  6. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Are you implying this is typical of the logic behind saying Extra class licensees don’t need to consider band limits?
  7. W1VT

    W1VT Ham Member QRZ Page

    No. An Extra class license allows you to use radios that operate out of the amateur bands. If you want a license that allows you to do that then you do need to know the band limits.

    But, once you get your Extra class license, I don't expect you to constantly have the band limits memorized, particularly if you become inactive.
    Nor do you need to know if you only have radios that can only operate where you are authorized to transmit.
    These days there are a ton of facts to keep track of. It may be best to prioritize on the important ones.
  8. AD8FD

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    I did it because I was already in "study mode", seemed like it would be harder to get back into it if I decided later I wanted it.
  9. K1VSK

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    To state the obvious, band limits apply to everyone.
  10. KC3SWL

    KC3SWL XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    What? Help me understand how an Extra class license allows you to use a radio that is capable of transmitting out of band? Even a Technician could use a Baofeng that transmits out of the usual 144/440 bands. Of course transmitting there isn't legal but anyone that bought those 30 dollar radios is already using them.

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