Wanting to Purchase and License

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  1. Magicmanmb

    Magicmanmb RIP BUDDY

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    Thinking about getting a handheld ham as part of our preps both for the hurricanes we have here and the snowstorms when we move back north. Is morse code still required?? and what would the least expensive way to get started??
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  2. R. Emmelman

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    Greetings,

    I would suggest contacting a local club. They will be able to assist you in licensing and guide you. www.arrl.org has a wealth of information and a list of clubs in your area.

    Oh, and code is no longer required :)

    73 de Rich
     

  3. Magicmanmb

    Magicmanmb RIP BUDDY

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    Thanks for the info, they used to have 2 or 3 swap meets a year but not lately and everyone I know that was licensed has either moved or too busy trying to pay the bills
     
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    From ARRL

    Name: GRAND STRAND ARC
    Specialties: General Interest, Contest, DX, Repeater, Public Service/Emergency Comms, VHF/UHF
    Call sign: W4GS
    Services: Help for newcomers, Entry-level classes, Higher-level classes, Other
    Address: PO BOX 2135
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC 29578-2135
    Contact: BOB GAGLIARDI, N4XML
    Phone: (843) 907-7770 (D) (843) 236-7889 (N)
    Web: http://www.w4gs.org/
    E-mail: [email protected]

    They have a nice web site.

    http://www.w4gs.org/


    Hope this helps
     
  5. G23Adam

    G23Adam .- -.. .- --

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    You are in luck guy:

    Myrtle Beach: VE Testing 4th Saturday of every odd month (Except November) 9am in the American Red Cross building, 2795 Pampus Drive, Myrtle Beach at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. The test session in November is typically the second Saturday of the month to coincide with the Myrtle Beach Hamfest. Walk-ins are welcome! Please contact our VEC Clayton Brantley, W3ZD for further information. This information is also available on our W4GS Website. (Added 6/18/06 per N4XML)

    Buy yourself a Gordon West book and learn it, it's pretty easy.

    Clayton's e-mail is w3zd (at) w4gs.org

    http://www.arrl-sc.org/
     
  6. JBlitzen

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    magicman, nearly all HT's are purely VHF/UHF. These bands require a technician class license, which is the simplest amateur radio exam. You can get study guides online and skip a book if you want. Morse code is no longer required for the general class license either, but you only need the tech anyway.