|[AMRadio] Re: Average Age, etc.|
k4kyv at charter.net
Tue Jul 24 15:58:56 EDT 2007
>I would get about a 50% on the current extra test...
I just turned 65 in June. Retired on 24MY07. Now officially old buzzard.
I need to get me a slopbucket rig now so I can get on 20m during the day and
talk about colonoscopies, medications, blood pressure, social security, etc.
I noticed the same thing when I passed my Extra Class ham exam and 1st
Class radiotelephone in 1963. The questions were pretty easy, and most were
about things I was interested in and had experience with, after having
achieved a kw on cw and 600w on AM with 304-TL modulated by a pair of 211's.
A year or so ago I tried one of those sample Extra Class exams on QRZ.com.
Not sure how close they are to the real thing, but taking it cold I got
about 80% - safely into the passing zone. Most of the questions I missed
were about specific IC chips that I was totally unfamiliar with, and some
of the modern technology that I have never attempted to use. I didn't see
any circuit diagrams or much about Ohm's law or resonant circuits. I think
maybe it was a little harder than my 1959 novice test, but definitely easier
than my General test I took later on that year.
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