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No reason to feel intimidated taking your first amateur radio license exam

My amateur radio examination form received upon successfully passing written Element 2

It was five minutes to noon and cold rain fell hard against a troop of girl scouts as they ran with poster-board projects from the door of the Hopewell branch public library to their parents’ idling cars.

I’ll wait five more minutes, I thought as I sat dry in my own car watching through the rear-view mirror.  The exam doesn’t begin until twelve-fifteenMaybe I’ll catch a break in the rain.

I spent two months preparing for my Technician exam and set my eyes to attend the closest license session, a twenty-minute drive from my home that was sponsored by the Delaware Valley Radio Association (DVRA).  By the time exam day arrived I had taken several online practice tests and passed most with a comfortable margin, missing only two or three questions on each attempt.  I’ve got this, I thought.

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Three study resources for the Level 1 Technician Ham Radio License exam

Three resources I use to study for the Level 1 Technician Ham Radio license

Five days from now I will visit my local library and sit for the Level 1 Technician Ham Radio License exam.  I feel confident I will pass the exam largely from the help I received by three study resources below.

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My first amateur radio transceiver: BaoFeng BF-F8HP

My first amateur radio tranceiver, the BaoFeng BF-F8HP. Alternatively, a photo of the world’s least impressive ham shack.

I discussed a few days ago how a box fan sparked my interest in amateur radio. If like me you’re just getting started with the hobby then you’ve already discovered the passionate discussions online about when to buy a radio and the qualities that make for a good first transceiver.

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How a box fan sparked my interest in amateur radio

I’m a Big Fan of Yours by Alan Levine is licensed under Creative Commons | Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Two years ago I experienced an interesting phenomena. An inexpensive (dare I say, plastic) box fan randomly behaved like a low-volume, flat-sounding AM radio whenever positioned next to a window in my home.

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