|[AMRadio] License Classes, Dumbing Down, etc.|
barrie at centric.net
Tue Nov 25 15:47:35 EST 2008
Well, I was first licensed in 1950, with the call WN7ALW. I passed my
general within a few months and was then W7ALW.
I was very active for about 12 years, but then other interests (sports car
racing, especially) took over.
I became active again in the late 1980s. I'd never bothered to apply for
the Extra class license, but got talked into it a few years ago by a local
I decided to start studying for the test, which was about a month away, two
weeks ahead of the test.
Well, my mother passed away two weeks before the test. With all that
happens during such an event, I never had a chance to study at all.
I'd made an appointment to take the test, so I did. I didn't do well, but I
did get a score of 85%, which was well over the passing mark.
I don't believe the test was as comprehensive, or as difficult, as the
general I took in the early 1950s. There were no multiple-choice questions
then, it was all essay and drawing schematics.
Anyway, Phil, and others, I was probably 68 years old when I took that Extra
73, Barrie, W7ALW
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