It is a bit late to be asking this question, since the test is the 27th. But I am curious to know if holding a license
would make me more valuable as crew to someone. I am in the United States, and so will get a license
from the FCC. Is there any advantage to having an Extra license over a General class?
From my on-line test scores, I expect to pass the General exam by a slim margin. I have passed every sample exam I have taken, but my highest score has been about 80%. I have a long way to go on passing the General exam. My test scores are consistently about 60%, and I need about 75% to pass. I am having a difficult time focusing on the math. Since I have had some college physics, and have a BA in math, the math is not really new. I am just being lazy about the need to memorize the equations. I wish I had a text that presented things on a little higher level, so I could study the principles, and not just grind out the numbers.
Anyway, I am hoping that some conversation will help motivate me to apply myself a bit harder to the books
. My decision to take the exam was a bit sudden. I had been thinking of buying
myself a weather radio
for my birthday, but I then realized that I simply do not need a radio
, since my current
boat is a 14 foot dinghy
, and I would soon need a different radio when I bought a larger boat. Anyway, I had thought about studying for the ham exam several times, and so thought I might as well take it and be done with it. And yes, spending $30 on a radio that I don't need is a big deal for my frugal self. (Especially since the radio had mixed reviews
Since I was told the fee was the same whether I took one or all three exams, and since I have been suffering from holiday season blues, I thought I would extend my studying through Christmas
, and try for all three levels of license. But I have hit a wall in my preparation for the exams, and my mood is deteriorating.