My Ham Radio License – Extra Class Call Sign KC9KC

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It had been many years, decades in fact since I gave any thought to becoming an amateur radio operator, a ham. It always seemed to be too much in the way of rules, regulations, and electronic theory to learn, but the clincher that kept me away from taking the ham radio test and most likely deterred many others as well, was learning the code, Morse code.

Then the topic came up again unexpectedly during a recent visit to see my Mom and family. My brother in-law mentioned that he had gotten his General class amateur radio license. He explained that the code portion of the ham radio license requirements had been dropped. He introduced me to the website he used to study for the ham radio test that not only promised but actually delivered positive results. That website is HamTestOnline.com.

One cool feature of the study site is that you can complete the first ten percent of the material free of charge. But proceed with caution here because the study program is addicting. At least it was for me. I enrolled in the free sessions and started learning new things and remembering information that I had learned and forgotten almost 50 years before. I was 69 when I started sampling the program and it didn't even take the full introductory ten percent to make me want to purchase the study guide for the Technician class license.

I breezed through the Technician study guide in a day, then the General took me a couple days. The Extra class study guide was more difficult because it had three times as many questions in the question pool.

After going through all 1400 plus study questions I went back to review the Technician, and General class questions. I had started the course on April 6th and took the Technician, General, and Extra class exams all on the same day on April 26th. I walked into the test center at 1PM and walked out at 2:20 after passing the Technician, General, and Extra class license exams one after the other. Yes, I am bragging a little here but truthfully it is the study method offered by the Ham Test Online website that deserves the credit. Thank you HamTestOnline.com.

The point I'm making is that now anyone can get their FCC Ham Radio license. The question about how to get a ham radio license is easily answered thanks to the study guides offered on HamTestOnline.com. Now there is an easy and fool proof way to pass the ham radio license test and get your Technician, General, and Extra class Ham radio license. The Ham Test Online method really works. I just studied the guides as suggested and never took a ham radio practice test. I scored 35 out of 35 on the Technician, 30 out of 35 on the General, and 47 out of 50 on my Extra license exam. Just go through the study guide question banks until your study score is 95% or above and you are sure to pass your exams just as I did. I have now received my FCC Ham Radio Extra Class License in the mail. My ham radio call sign is KC9KC.

With amateur radio license in hand it was time to get some ham radio equipment and start communicating. While in Florida and even before I got my license I found a complete amateur radio setup for sale on Craigslist. After passing my exams I contacted the seller who lived about 90 miles from me in Wisconsin. I went to see the equipment after returning home. It was a complete ham station and included two radios, antenna with rotator, tuner, coax cable, and various other items. I got all for $350.00 which was a super great deal.

It took several weeks to get my 25 year old radio set up with a new antenna and started listening. I heard conversations from all over the world. Then one day I answered a CQ call and made my first contact. I talked with Mike in Malta over 5000 miles away. That was quite a thrill. I'm still not very smooth in my conversations yet because of the lingo used by amateur radio operators but practice makes perfect.

I now have a new hobby and more importantly a means of communication in case of a major emergency.