Getting started in HAM.

Discussion in 'Communications' started by motoman247, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. motoman247

    motoman247 God, Guns, Jeep

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    I have been wanting to get into this hobby for awhile now, I posted in another thread about having a broken leg so now is the time. I have read most of the getting started stuff that is out there. I am learning to load rifle and studying for my technician and probably general license. My purpose is just to have it and be familiar with this form of communication for emergencies.

    So anywhere in southern wake county to take the test? I cant find anything online showing me where.

    I got my baofeng UV-5r in today programmed some repeaters in with Chirp as well as the local NOAA station and some local sheriff's office channels. The kit I ordered came with an upgraded antenna but it seems to be broken. So I am getting another one of those soon as well.

    So anything else to look into?
     
  2. GaryS

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    You should be able to find a place to take the exam through the ARRL. Not sure what your zip code is or I would look it up.
    http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session

    A search of exams in NC shows that there are 79 exam sessions the rest of this year.

    WB3KOR
    Gary
     
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    fieldgrade resident crank Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I've taken both my Tech and General exams with the guys at JARS, one test in Fuquay and one in Smithfield. Don't recall how often they run their tests, should be on the ARRL site that Gary posted.

    https://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/login.htm is a great resource, phone app and website. Its worth the money IMO. Study like hell and test on Tech, General, and Extra. Knock all three out at the same time.
     
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    Car0linab0y Active Member

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    Look into echolink, lets you use internet connected radios from a distance. You have to have a ham license, but it is free.
     
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    noway2 Senior Member Charter Life Member

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    Contact these guys: http://www.southwakearc.com/

    They run the 145.210, which is a pretty active repeater especially around morning and evening commutes.

    They’re pretty active. Also look up w4vec to see if they have any test locations that are convenient for you (they’re A LOT faster than ARRL in processing your license).
     
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  7. motoman247

    motoman247 God, Guns, Jeep

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    sweet thanks for the info
     
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    Button Pusher Well-Known Member Benefactor Supporting Member

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    The Raleigh and Durham clubs test on alternating months. www.rars.org
    Check out eham.net you can take the exams as many times as you like, go for the General from the start.
    I may have an exam manual for you no cost if you like. Just PM me.
     
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