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.
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...HardrockNah, 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.
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.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.
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/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.
Took the tech.test last night(finally) Got lucky and got 'em all. Wasn't as bad as I thought. I'm on a quest now for radios and antennas. Will start studying for the general soon. HardrockDefinately want to hear how the test goes hardrock, I have wanted to take it myself.