Originally Posted by donradcliffe
About the only reason I can think of for getting an 'extra' ham license is the license allows you to be a Volunteer Examiner (VE) and administer ham tests for all grades of license. The extra test is actually pretty easy to pass, now that the 21 wpm code requirement is gone, but studying for it is not likely to make you a better ham operator, and the general class ;icense will give you all the operating priviliges you really need.
Ummm I wouldn't say the test is EASY to pass minus the 21 wpm code requirement and I've been involved with and teaching electronics
, radio theory and physics for most of my life.
Then again, I passed it many years back now, and it's changed some. Let me see... here's some current
In what application is gallium arsenide used as a semiconductor material in preference to germanium or silicon?
What is the principal characteristic of a Zener diode?
What is the recommended power supply voltage for TTL series integrated circuits?
How is the electron beam deflected in a vidicon?
If a receiver tuned to 146.70 MHz receives an intermodulation-product signal whenever a nearby transmitter transmits on 146.52 MHz, what are the two most likely frequencies for the other interfering signal?
Which of these filter bandwidths would be a good choice for use in a SSB radiotelephone transmitter?
For what portion of a signal cycle does a Class AB amplifier operate?
How are the capacitors and inductors of a low-pass filter Pi-network arranged between the network's input and output?
What are three major oscillator circuits often used in Amateur Radio equipment
What is the radiation pattern of two 1/4-wavelength vertical antennas spaced 1/2-wavelength apart and fed 180 degrees out of phase?
What is the effective radiated power of a repeater station with 150 watts transmitter power output, 2-dB feed line loss, 2.2-dB duplexer loss and 7-dBd antenna
How long does it take for an initial charge of 20 V DC to decrease to 7.36 V DC in a 0.01-microfarad capacitor when a 2-megohm resistor is connected across it?
What, if any, are the differences between the radiation produced by radioactive materials and the electromagnetic energy radiated by an antenna
Under what circumstances may a dealer sell an external RF power amplifier capable of operation below 144 MHz if it has not been granted FCC certification
Which of the following techniques is normally used by low-earth orbiting digital satellites to relay messages around the world?
If a frequency counter with a specified accuracy of +/- 0.1 ppm reads 146,520,000 Hz, what is the most the actual frequency being measured could differ from the reading?
Anyway, you get the point. I guess these questions aren't as difficult as the testing I took for Extra. In fact, I recall
a vast amount of mathematical calculations on bandwidth, antennas element lengths and so forth.
However, it is true, if you want to be helpful become a Volunteer Examiner so that others will have access to people to proctor the tests in their areas.