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Nah, nothing else involved in the test. Just the questions that you've likely been studying. Memorize the answers, pass the test (you will!), get a radio, then start seriously learning how it all works.

One of our daughters passed the test at age 11, a son at age 15, and another daughter just recently at age (can't tell you! She's grown-up and a woman doesn't tell! lol).

We found new radios cheaper than some of the used ones on ebay, so shop carefully. Ask around at your local Amateur radio club, if there is one. Often you'll find someone who upgraded and will sell things to you for a good price. We got our home unit and antenna that way. Bought the hand-helds online, new.
 

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Nah, nothing else involved in the test. Just the questions that you've likely been studying. Memorize the answers, pass the test (you will!), get a radio, then start seriously learning how it all works.

One of our daughters passed the test at age 11, a son at age 15, and another daughter just recently at age (can't tell you! She's grown-up and a woman doesn't tell! lol).

We found new radios cheaper than some of the used ones on ebay, so shop carefully. Ask around at your local Amateur radio club, if there is one. Often you'll find someone who upgraded and will sell things to you for a good price. We got our home unit and antenna that way. Bought the hand-helds online, new.
Thanks, gypsysue, I feel good about the test. I live in a remote area and there are no clubs within about 50 mi. Will look online to see if I can find someone closer. Thanks again for the advice...Hardrock
 

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Taking my technican exam on Aug. 5. What can I expect and is there anything else besides the questions? Looking for a good radio, any help appreciated.
I have a FT-50 Yaesu, dual band very rugged handheld. My MAG group has just purchased the newer FT-60 model. If you desire a tri-band a VX-5 is very nice, it also has been upgraded to a VX-7.
For a mobile or home unit you can't beat the Icom IC 706MKIIG, 70cm,2m,6m and almost all HF bands. Look in the product review section.
Good luck with you test. Now study for your general, it opens up all those HF freqs.
 

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I recommend anything by Yaesu which seem to be the best built, affordable ham radios. Another popular brand is the Chinese "Wouxun" brand which are reasonable quality and their KG UVD-1 a very affordable option for dual band use. Also for consideration is the Motorola GP68 but the quality is questionable due to its unofficial assembly in Hong Kong but it's a still a good radio if you get a well made one. All of these are readily available worldwide on eBay.

Higher end you're talking mainly Motorola, with some commercial European models like the GP340, GP360, etc. favoured by US hams which I use regularly at work, they're excellent radios in either VHF or UHF and I'd trust my life with them.
 

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Definately want to hear how the test goes hardrock, I have wanted to take it myself.:cool:
 

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I just passed tech on the 10th, and found out that the test just changed on the 1st of july. (I was studying for the older version) Not a big problem, but I was nervous for a minuite...

One radio brand that I didn't see mentioned was Icom. Heard lots of good things about them, but so far, I've only played around with one of 'em. The model number escapes me.


Nowadays the tech ticket opens up a sliver of the 10 meter band, and that's where I've been playing around on a very fickle RCI mobile machine. It's been a nice operating radio, but I have to crack it open and take care of bad cold-solder points every now and then. Definitely not a rough-service radio.
 

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I just passed tech on the 10th, and found out that the test just changed on the 1st of july. (I was studying for the older version) Not a big problem, but I was nervous for a minuite...

One radio brand that I didn't see mentioned was Icom. Heard lots of good things about them, but so far, I've only played around with one of 'em. The model number escapes me.

Nowadays the tech ticket opens up a sliver of the 10 meter band, and that's where I've been playing around on a very fickle RCI mobile machine. It's been a nice operating radio, but I have to crack it open and take care of bad cold-solder points every now and then. Definitely not a rough-service radio.
Congratulations on passing the exam. I reviewed my Icom IC706MKIIG in the review section a while back. Great unit, very rugged, have one mobile in my truck and one in my shack.http://www.preparedsociety.com/forum/f5/how-many-ham-radio-operators-forum-2216/
Now on to your general licence, opens up all those HF bands for long distance contacts.
 

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Congratulations on passing, oilcan.

Regards Icom, I've never used them before, however I haven't heard good things about their handheld models from people I've work with in the Security industry over here, they seem to have a limited lifespan for most people, whereas Motorolas seem to last forever.

That said, they're packed with features. The Icom IC-F4GS UHF handheld is currently used by the Civil Defence over here, they're a volunteer agency which is a 2nd line emergency service in response to large disasters like floods and snow experienced in the last few years, but have been around since the air raids in WWII.
 

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Thanks y'all. I had plans to take the general and tech at the same time, until the test change was sprung on me. There's a local "elmer" giving a class in october, so I'll probably wait until then.

The icom I referred to earlier was a big ole' multiband thing that could tune all the way from UHF and down into the VLF range. (If that helps identify it) The operator had nothing but good things to say about it. This is the first I've heard about bad HT performance from the brand. I do have to admit I'm still a noob with this stuff.

All that being said, I'm still in the same boat as hardrock in picking out radios. Time to start doing some real research, because there's a hamfest coming up soon. Don't want to get stuck with a lemon, or pay too much for a good radio. I think I'll start my easter egg hunt in the reviews section
 

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I will be investigating ham radio later this week at the B.S.A. Jamboree.:cool:
 

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Well, i might as well make a post sometime. Now is the time.

I too am studying for the tech license. Planning on buying something soon. Yaesu has been my prefered brand, with icom and kenwood also being considered.

Seems like a fun hobby, and the real world emergency communication ability seems unrivaled.
 

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:congrat::congrat::congrat: Congratulations on passing your test!!
 

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I passed the technician exam last month ( KK4CZT) taking the General in two days I will let you know.
 

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General exam

I passed my General exam last night now my call sign is KK4CZT/AG it was not that hard took me less than ten minutes got one wrong.
 

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Just passed the Technician test a few hours ago.

After I completed it they offered me the chance to take General right then and there. Without having studied or even read up on it I was hesitant but the only cost to me was a little more time so I gave it a shot... missed by 4 questions.

I think I'll study for both General and Extra and maybe try a two-for next time and see if I can knock both off at once.
 
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