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    How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    This is not the all-inclusive way to get it. This is not the only way to get it. This is just my opinion for a very simple, straight-forward way of getting your license and actually learning a few things along the way.

    Total cost less than $50 in 3-4 weeks. Radio and radio accessories not included.

    1. Read this ARRL FAQ. It has good info to get you started.

    2. Buy the The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. $25 plus shipping if you buy it from the ARRL. Ham Radio Outlet also sells the book at their 43rd Ave. and Peoria store. Or send me a PM. I am able to get the books for a 25% discount and free shipping. $18.71

    3. Read the book. Spend 2-3 days on each chapter. 1-2 weeks and you’ve read through the entire book.

    4. Start reading through the exam questions in the back of the book. You can also download the exam pool here. The exam pool is public. These are the real questions you will see on the test.

    5. Run through the exam simulators online until you can get 90% or better consistently. Here are a few, but there are many more sites with simulators.
    Practice Tests
    http://www.eham.net/exams/
    http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl

    6. Find a testing date and time that work for you. Test cost is $15.

    7. Of course, if you get stuck or have questions along the way, ask any of us in the Ham Radio section of AZVJC.
    Last edited by K7VZ; 06-23-2009 at 09:47 AM.
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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Ok, so is this good enough to be made a sticky?
    Does anyone else have anything to add?
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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Good job Virgil!

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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Nice....I said something about doing this, glad you brought it to fruition! Great JOB!

    Id jsut say...that I only spent $14 total getting my HAM...(equiptment not included )

    I studied the QRZ.com tests for about 3 weeks...a couple a night..and passed no problem. So it was free...so either way you go..its NOT expensive to get the ticket...no reason not to.

    Then you can buy all of randys old gear..(he gets new stuff every other month!) And get great deals...!

    Thanks Virgil for putting this to post..again good job..
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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    The only thing I'd like to emphasize is:

    Don't be afraid to ask questions!

    We all had to learn at some point along the way, and in some ways I wish I hadn't gone the solitary 'I can do it myself' route. Having people to turn to to help explain things that may seem confusing can save a LOT of frustration in the long run. Oh and one other thing:

    HAVE FUN!

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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Thanks for posting this info. You just saved me some time. I am planning on getting mine soon. I already have general radio telephone operators license, but not the ham.

    Thanks
    Kyle

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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    If you have the GROL, take a look at the general and the extra licenses too. There is some over lap on the questions. The commercial and the ham questions have different areas of emphasis and different rules.

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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Quote Originally Posted by AZG23 View Post
    Id jsut say...that I only spent $14 total getting my HAM...(equiptment not included )
    Actually, same here. The Phoenix Library has the ARRL Technician book for checkout, so we just rented it. Cost me $28 for the test since both my wife and I took it.
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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Once you pass the test, it usually takes approx. 7-10 days for your call sign to be issued online. Keep checking the FCC ULS website for your call.

    Hint for searching. This is how I like to do it so you can see all the new calls coming in order. From that website, put KE7 in the call sign field. For the date, choose Grant Date and Custom. Put a date 2-3 days ago to current date in. Change results to 100 and hit search. That will show you all of the newly issued KE7xxx calls.
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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Just saw this link on the ArizonaHam email group. The Northeast Georgia Amatuer Radio Club has done a great job organizing links for those interested in getting into ham radio. http://negarc.kb7tbt.com/newham/
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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Time to add some more information.

    Another site to take Amateur Radio practice tests online:
    AA9PW's site - (this is the one I used when I was studying for both my General and Extra-class licenses)

    Instructional information:
    Instructor and student resources for Ham Radio - This site includes the following study guides
    (NOTE: I have not used these study guides so I cannot vouch for the content):

    No-code Technician study guide in PDF format (current as of 20JAN2007)

    General class study guide in PDF format (current as of 01JUL2007)

    Ham Radio Outlet at 19th Ave and Dunlap sells study guides and other publications from the ARRL and other sources. I have personal experience with the ARRL Guides and feel that they do a good job of presenting the needed information in an understandable manner but that is simply my opinion.

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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Updated first thread. I signed up as an ARRL Volunteer Instructor. I'm able to get the Technician books for $18.71 total if you pick it up from me in person.
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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Virgil, you may want to update this thread with the current price of testing $15 and the new location for HRO 43rd Ave and Peoria.
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    Re: How to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) License

    Quote Originally Posted by jhart View Post
    Virgil, you may want to update this thread with the current price of testing $15 and the new location for HRO 43rd Ave and Peoria.
    First post updated.
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