Updating amateur radio license

So upgrading your license can be very fulfilling and rewarding endeavor. One of the first things I did after getting my general ticket was to purchase a copy of the ARRL Extra Class license manual. After a year and a half, I wasn’t sure if I would ever make the jump. In January of 2002, at a local hamfest, two other friends and I split the cost of the Gordon West amateur extra tapes. I reread the license manual and started understanding the information.I knew I wanted to get my Extra, but I didn’t know how long it was going to take. We then set a deadline to get our extra by the end of February when a testing session would be held. By the end of February I felt confident, the three of us took the exam, and passed it on the first try.By having read a little bit about it to answer some questions on the Extra Class exam, I’m that much closer to actually doing it.Finally, let me say a few words about passing the test by memorizing the answers.

Why spend all that time and energy just memorizing the answers, when you can actually learn something? You have to remember, though, that this is just a hobby.

Traditionally, amateur radio operators were issued two separate authorizations; an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate and a radio station licence.

The Amateur Radio Operator Certificate was issued for life and had no fee associated with it, while the radio station licence was issued on a yearly basis and a licence renewal fee was charged.

Your reference copy license will open in a PDF file for printing or saving.

In my article I talked about why you should, and shouldn’t upgrade to your General Class Amateur Radio license.

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