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Old 01-30-2018, 08:43 AM   #21 (permalink)
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All of you guys said the test is easy, but how much experience did you have in the field?

It's a pool of 600 questions for element 3.
(and I think 100 for element 1)

Also, how much math is involved in the element three test? I have a bunch in the GROL book, that's going to ultimately be my demise.
What sort of work are you doing that you need your GROL?
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:51 AM   #22 (permalink)
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All of you guys said the test is easy, but how much experience did you have in the field?

It's a pool of 600 questions for element 3.
(and I think 100 for element 1)

Also, how much math is involved in the element three test? I have a bunch in the GROL book, that's going to ultimately be my demise.
From this link, it looks like the general exam is from a 500 question pool. I only have my technicians lisence, easier test. One tip: my brother was really struggling with the technicians lisence test, he failed it once. One thing that helped him was that he printed the whole pool of exam questions with answers, and then he lined-out all the wrong answers with sharpie and studied the correct answers. Now, I wouldn't really recommend this, as it is kinda cheating, but for him it worked and he actually did retain a lot of the info that way. YMMV.

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I am trying to study for my tech. It is so confusing. Ive used all kinds of resources like youtube and various reading materials... which they are good if you cant sleep.

Also I cant find a place to take the test.. accept a 3 hour drive. ugh.
Jeezaloo! Where in Ohio are you? It seems like there should be somewhere closer!
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:58 AM   #23 (permalink)
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You should be able to locate Exam sessions (called VE sessions) here: Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area

Failing that, you could also try searching for a club here and contacting them to see if they would give an exam. They may not do a regular session. https://www.arrl.org/find-a-club

PS. There are 112 clubs Affiliated with the ARRL in Ohio as of just now, and 174 results for exams in Ohio.

Question pools: https://www.arrl.org/question-pools

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Old 01-30-2018, 09:06 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I would need element 1 and element 3. I imagine I could memorize element 1 fairly easily, but element 3 is math.

I'm in a class right now, but it's week three. I've already fallen behind quite a bit and can't figure out time constants.


I'm trying to make a lateral move at work to becoming a radio maintainer.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:12 AM   #25 (permalink)
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You need those elements for the GROL license? You don't NEED either of them for a ham license. You just need Element 2.

ham and GROL are two completely different licenses with two completely different question pools.

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Old 01-30-2018, 10:26 AM   #26 (permalink)
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You need those elements for the GROL license? You don't NEED either of them for a ham license. You just need Element 2.

ham and GROL are two completely different licenses with two completely different question pools.
Yeah, I NEED them.
Ah well.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:58 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I see that now. We are talking about 2 different licenses altogether. They are not really related.
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:13 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Jeezaloo! Where in Ohio are you? It seems like there should be somewhere closer!
Apparently i used the arrl site wrong. I put my zip with miles and always came up zip zero nadda. Kept upping the distance and nothing. But i found if you dont use the miles it will show closer.... thank goodness.
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Old 02-03-2018, 11:46 PM   #29 (permalink)
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VE6FTR here. The Canadian test is harder than the American basic one, but we do the rules a bit differently here. A 70% pass on the test gets you a "Basic" license which gets you the 2m and 70cm bands, and an 80% grade is a "Basic With Honors" which gets you into all the bands, both with a 100w limit. Then there is advanced, which is a whole new thing.
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Old 02-04-2018, 09:50 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I haven't been active in a couple years and no longer have equipment.

The local scene is very political and full of people that aren't very accepting... and there are two clubs that basically hate each other.

I'm hoping to get back into it in a couple years when I have enough money to get a small base station.

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