Taking my General today...

Discussion in 'Survival Communications' started by DarkLight, Jun 10, 2012.


  1. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    So I'm taking my general sometime between 10 and 1. Don't think I'm going to be quite up for sitting Extra by the end of the month but that's the goal.
     
  2. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Congratulations (in advance ;) ). IMO, General Class opens the doors to the world.

    Extra Class?

    My Elmer was a Ham who enjoyed being an Elmer. :D After I earned my ticket I was perfectly content DX'ing the world on CW with General class privileges.
    One day at work, Bill commented he put 17 people on the air and not one Extra.
    I learned (except for legal questions) the tests weren't difficult and as CW Op neither was the code. ;)
     
  3. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    I passed!

    I'm /Ag until the FCC database updates in a week or do. I also went ahead and took the Extra exam but, um, didn't do so hot. I didn't fail miserably but 50% isn't gonna cut it. I'm still hoping to get it done before the end of the month but we'll have to see.



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  4. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Great News DarkLight..... Welcome to the world of HF Radio.....
    Bruce in alaska AL7AQ
     
  5. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Told ya and again congratulations.
     
  6. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Congratulations Darklight. Now the real fun begins!

    73 de KD5GFG
     
  7. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    Yeah, the wife asked "So, you want a new rig instead of a handgun for your birthday?" Tempting...but no. I've been holding out for a CC weapon for a couple of years so that comes first (and it's coming out of the budget :)). I'm saving up for (hopefully) a 6-160 mobile/base rig.

    73 - KK4BGQ
     
  8. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey++

    I need to work toward my general Thanks for the kick in the a**
     
  9. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    Thanks everybody and fedor, the kicks are mutual. I've felt so many recently from so many corners that I hesitate every time I think about sitting down. :D
     
  10. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    Cool, congrats and welcome to a much wider world.
     
  11. falmike

    falmike Monkey+

    Congratulations!

    I will be taking my General exam on Saturday.

    See you on HF maybe.

    73,

    Mike
     
  12. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    Mike,
    You'll do fine. I spent a lot of time on either QRZ or my iPad App taking tests and once I was consistently passing I knew I'd be ok. If you do take practice tests I suggest you randomize the answers because every test I've taken has been that way. Good luck.
     
  13. falmike

    falmike Monkey+

    Thanks.

    I do the E-ham practice exams every day and score at least 32 each time now.

    I've got the new Gordon West AE book already as his books have worked best for me, as far as study technique. I will get the ARRL book as well for more in-depth knowledge.

    This sure beats playing Farmville!

    Mike
     
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  14. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Just wait till you get on HF.... Farmville will seem like a Children's Game....
     
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  15. falmike

    falmike Monkey+

    Wahoo,

    I passed....Now I just have to get an HF radio!

    TS-480SAT is the plan. :D

    73,

    Mike
     
  16. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    Congrats! Like you now I just need a rig.
     
  17. falmike

    falmike Monkey+

    Thank you!
     
  18. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    That is a great radio.... I like the Kenwood Radios..... I have a Pair of TS-430s running now and Hope to get my TS-690 back here in a week or so.... You will be very happy with a TS-480.... Looking forward to hearing you on, soon...
     
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