Originally Posted by jrsites
How hard was it to pass the HAM test? Did you do any studying at all?
I've been considering taking the Technician Class test. My Father-in-Law is a big HAM guy and he'd love it if I got a license. Plus, Vertex makes a neat little handheld NAV/COM with a 2M band transceiver built in, which I've been considering buying as an in-cockpit backup.
I've even taken the practice test online a few times and can pass it 8 out of 10 times just going off of what seem like "common sense" answers to the questions. The only ones that throw me off are the ones that ask which bands certain frequencies are in, etc.
So anyway, how hard did you have to prepare to pass the test?
Passing the test is easy cheezy if you follow the following rules:
* 30% of the questions are some variant of ohms law
* 30% of the questions are wavelength = 3e8 / freq <- this answers those questions on 'which band is 144Mhz in'
* 30% are HAM regs - you can learn these from just trying the web test or going to a local 'ham cram' day
I spent a couple of hours taking practice tests and went in and got a 90%.