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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by GeorgiaGlocker, Dec 7, 2012.
How difficult is it to become licensed these days?
35 question multiple choice test. Not that hard!
There is a ham sub-forum on here... just not very active.
Like just about everything else it has been dumbed down.
The Amateur Extra of yesteryear was a god like status in Ham radio. Now any halfwit with an answer book can learn the questions, pass the test and get the ticket.
I was licensed in 1984 at 14. Even then it was tougher but easier than the 70's. One would have to travel a great distance and actually know electronics.
It is still challenging. Not as easy as some say, you do have to put out effort. IT still filters some people out. I have a friend I would love to be a ham, he would like to, but just won't put the time into learning.
I mainly operate HF CW.
Also worth noting that CW is no longer required for any license level.
Buy the Tech and General study guides together and spend about two weeks of good solid studying on those and then go in and take Tech and General back to back. Tech is a breeze and General still isn't to hard. If you pass General, see if they will let you try again on Extra right then. You might just squeak by and if you don't then you at least know what to expect.
Its pretty easy, there is an online site that helps out a lot but I can't remember the site.