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-fifteen. Maybe 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.
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.
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.
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.