|[AMRadio] Extra Class License|
barrie at centric.net
Sun Sep 27 15:49:46 EDT 2009
This an almost carbon copy of my situation!
When I first took the Extra in the early 1950s, it was all essay questions
and freehand schematic drawings. And, of course, the CW. (I thought it was
21 words per minute?)
I lost my ticket due to work and family, but started crawling back up the
ladder in the 1980s. I took the Extra about ten years ago and thought most
of the questions were strange, to say the least.
I made arrangements with the local club to take the Extra test on a certain
date and told myself that I'd study intensly for two weeks before the test.
Two weeks before the test my mother died. I was taking care of things 200
miles away from home for most of the two week period. I'd made the
arrangements to take the test, so I did.
I took the test and passed, without studying! Granted, I didn't get the
score I would have liked, but 85% was passing.
73, Barrie, W7ALW
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Tonne" <tonne at comcast.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2009 1:20 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Extra Class License
> Regarding the Extra exam, I found it more of an
> IQ test than a meaningful ham radio test. Some
> of the questions were of dubious value in my
> opinion in determining how well versed you were
> about amateur radio.
> I got my first Extra in 1953 when the questions
> seems to be meaningful and I had to copy 20 WPM
> of code groups. Then I did an incredibly stupid
> thing: I let it run out. The second time around was
> perhaps 10 years or so ago and it was at that time
> that the test seemed so weird to me.
> - Jim W4ENE
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