Taking my HAM test Saturday

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Freaking six weeks prep and the final date is approaching this Saturday morning. No boozing with whores Friday night as usual. More study and focus on my soft areas.

I've taken the tech prep-test on ARRL about 100 times the past two weeks and never failed it, but I've also never aced it. Honestly, math is my personal demon and Ohms law calculations, solving for quantities and calculating antenna lengths for a given MHz has boiled my brain to it's core.

Hopefully I'll pass Saturday, celebrate with a Patron 25 and start pricing ICOM mobile radios.
 

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and start pricing ICOM mobile radios.
That's hilarious.

Hey, good luck ok? You don't need to ace it... you just need to pass! Well you know what I mean.
 

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thanks @wirelessandy, I'm not nervous about it. I've done a ton of timed tests and this one has no explicit time limit. But the freaking math is a fresh turn. I mean... I draw pictures for a living.

I'll post the result here. Then share my call sign if anyone wants to look me up. Not sure when my toy will be up and running but I have the antenna. Now I just have to buy the transceiver.
 

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I also remember the math portion freakin' me out, too. Not having a time limit hanging over your head will be a big de-stresser!
 

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Good luck to you sir.
Looking forward to hearing some "Erick with a Transmitter" stories.

:unamusedpopcorn:
 

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Good for you! A friend got me hooked years ago! He had a home repeater with a phone autopatch before cell phones were commonplace! Was great filler when driving long stretches.
 

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Good luck, @erickonphoenix !

Of course you’ll be fine. You don’t get any special honors or privileges from acing it. Just pass/fail. Squeak over the line for RDF :)
 

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When you pass the Tech test (and I'm confident that you will), go for the General right afterward. Doesn't cost any more to take the next test in the same session and you might surprise yourself. You have nothing to lose in trying!
 

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Are you going to request call sign NM1MNM? :laugh:

Good luck on the test!
 

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Thanks everyone, I will be locking myself in the basement the next two days preparing for this test. I'll take your advice @LibbyD and go for the general as well.
 

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LibbyD's advice is sound. I totally forgot about that.

Another way I studied for General thru Extra: I downloaded and printed (on old fashioned paper!) the entire question pool. Yes it's huge. Not for the paper-averse. But paper doesn't need batteries, you don't look like an antisocial idiot staring a smartphone, etc.

Then I circled the correct answer for each question.

I'd go through EVERY question like flash cards. I'd try to answer in my head, then check the answer since I circled it. This saves on the flipping back and forth, or waiting till the end. I find it efficient.

And since the question was fresh in my head, seeing the correct answer if I didn't know it helped seal the deal in my tiny dinosaur brain.

The other benefit to this method is that I got to see EVERY possible question that COULD appear on the test. No surprises.
 

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LibbyD's advice is sound. I totally forgot about that.

Another way I studied for General thru Extra: I downloaded and printed (on old fashioned paper!) the entire question pool. Yes it's huge. Not for the paper-averse. But paper doesn't need batteries, you don't look like an antisocial idiot staring a smartphone, etc.

Then I circled the correct answer for each question.

I'd go through EVERY question like flash cards. I'd try to answer in my head, then check the answer since I circled it. This saves on the flipping back and forth, or waiting till the end. I find it efficient.

And since the question was fresh in my head, seeing the correct answer if I didn't know it helped seal the deal in my tiny dinosaur brain.

The other benefit to this method is that I got to see EVERY possible question that COULD appear on the test. No surprises.
That's exactly how I studied for my A&P test. Of course they divided that test into three categories, general, airframe and powerplant but all total it was over 1,000 questions. However, although I'm not compulsive I did inherit the obsessive gene which means I'm still got to know how all this stuff works. Learning the test doesn't really do it for me, but it's a good tool.
 

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Ah, you're an obsessive (vs. compulsive) too? Same.
 

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You've got this @erickonphoenix
should be no problem at all, from the effort you've invested in preparation.
I'm not going to say "good luck" because you don't need it.
 

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With your dedication and preparation, it should be no problem!

I’ve been licensed since 1992. I upgraded to five words per minute Morse Code Tech Plus in 1997 while I was living on Guam, therefore my KH2 callsign. And a few years ago upgraded to General but haven’t done much hamming lately so no plans to go any further in the meantime.
 

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nice let us know your callsign when you pass!
 

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Mostly irrelevant physics joke but since you mentioned Ohm's Law:
Ohm, Heisenberg, and Schrodinger were in a car and got pulled over for speeding. The cop walked up to them and asked "Do you know how fast you were going?" Heisenberg replied "No, I don't officer." The cop said "Well, you were going 85." Heisenberg yelled "GREAT Now we're lost!"

At that point the cop got suspicious that they were high and decided to search the car. He opened the trunk and asked "Why is there a dead cat in here?" Schrodinger yelled "Well, NOW he's dead!" The cop then knew they were high and decided to arrest them. Ohm resisted.
 

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Taking a break.... and many thanks for all the kind words of encouragement.

Now 36 more hours in the basement prepping.
TGIF: The Grind Includes Fridays.

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Good luck. Dont stress it. Test anxiety will be your biggest enemy.
If you though CM was expensive, wait until you start buying ham equipment
Especially if you get in the digital side of amateur radio.