I've never used one, but they are very popular. I would check out some YouTubes, but for the price I would think it would be hard to go wrong.Thinking of this one as a starter and getting used to the process. Thoughts?
It's absolutely fine and affordable. After I got my ticket I used it with an adapter to a trunk antenna and it worked fine. Have I moved on? Of course, but don't let someone talk you out of a doorway to something greater.Thinking of this one as a starter and getting used to the process. Thoughts?
When you test if you pass the first you can take the next test for no additional charge. It wouldn't hurt once you feel you have the technician whipped to study for the general. You could potentially take all three for the same fee.Well, I'm going for the Tech first then, immediately start studying for the General. At the moment, my distance desire is to probably stay in my home state of OR. Who knows what that may lead to?!
The ARRL has a lot of resources and works closely with the FCC. Here is a linke to their page on getting licensed that gives an overview of the three licenses as well as links to training, practice tests and exams: Getting LicensedI need a local source close to me here in Corvallis to get in touch with. Any suggestions or anyone nearby willing to help a beginner?
+1 for Ham Test Online. I used that for the Advanced and Extra exams, and it made everything much easier. Wish I had done it for the first test too.Ham Test Online is it's own manual and one that gets updated as laws governing Amateur Radio change. After you pass your test notify them and you can access all materials and use the test features for free for life. It's actually cheaper than a written manual. If you do better with written materials then by all means get a manual. Try taking their free study and test course and I think you will like you they do things.
If you live or travel close to the Portland Metro area there is a Ham Radio Outlet in Tigard: You are being redirected...
I guarantee you will find a helpful sales person or customer to show you how the radios work. Friendly folks and in my experience they won't try to push a sale. Also there are lot's of resources for used equipment because many HAMs keep trading up.
If you can do Ham Test Online, you should have no problem passing the test. It keeps track of what you've learned and what you need to review. It's a great way to go.I'm thinking it might as Eugene is a little farther than I like to drive (disabled). I'm figuring to study for the next month and take the exam in Jan. hopefully. Give Christmas time to settle down and I'll be able to fund a radio setup.