||[AMRadio] Extra Class License|
macklinbob at msn.com
Sun Sep 27 17:56:29 EDT 2009
I passed the General exam in 1957 mostly with waht I leaned in USAF Radar
Schaool and some reading in the ARRL handbook. We had to draw schematics and
work math problems. No multiple guess. We could use a sliderule for thos
problems in those days.
I took the Extra exam this year after being pushed by friends to do so. I
looked at the question pool twicwe then just took the test with what
knowledge i had. I got 80% correct. I personally think the current Extra
exam is a bunch of BS! Too much computer BS in it. My weak area was the
satalite stuff which I did not want to spend time learning since I will
never use it.
"Real Radios Glow In The Dark!"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bernie Doran" <qedconsultants at embarqmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
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Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2009 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Extra Class License
> Hi Tom: I respectful have to disagree with you. the extra that I passed
> far simpler that the general examination that I took in 1954. for that
> one had to correctly draw circuits, my test required a Hartley oscillator
> and a neutralized push pull triode amplifier and I believe a few others.
> took a first phone the same year and found it to be about the same as the
> extra of those days. I never took the twenty WPM as the best I could copy
> was about 22 and I figuired that was not enough of a buffer, plus the
> were the same for extra and general at that time. I would like to hear
> comments from others that took the general/extra back in the 50s and see
> what they thought, I guess the best thing would be track down an old
> manual. 73 Bernie
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Thomas F. Giella NZ4O" <nz4o at tampabay.rr.com>
> To: "AM Radio at qth.net" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2009 2:50 PM
> Subject: [AMRadio] Extra Class License
>> Bernie Said:
>> .....And yes, I know this has been brought up before, and yes I know
>> are generals, not
>> an excuse for most, a few hours with the license manual and you are an
>> extra. I talked with a 13 year girl a while back that was an extra!!.....
>> NZ4O Says:
>> It really get's old hearing the Extra Class license denigrated on this
>> list. I have a BS in Meteorology, an MS in Space Plasma Physics and an
>> average IQ but could not memorize all of the answers to all of the
>> in the current Extra Class license question pool. I had to study and
>> understand the material over a period of a few months to pass the test on
>> the first try.
>> 99.9% of the people that denigrate the current Extra Class question pool
>> being so easy that the answers to the questions can be memorized in short
>> order, CAN NOT ACCOMPLISH THAT FEAT. Since the Morse code requirement was
>> reduced to 5 wpm and then ultimately to zilch (which I did not agree
>> the question pools have been toughened.
>> The average Extra Class ham that passed the written rest 10-20 years ago
>> could not pass the current exam without real study.
>> 73 & GUD DX,
>> Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O
>> Lakeland, FL, USA
>> nz4o at arrl.net
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