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Nemo
03-05-2010, 05:42 PM
Guys, and Gals,
Still prepping for my trip to Alaska and need to get my 2M on :D

What license should I be looking at for personal use? Novice? No-Code?

Can someone assist me with prep for the exam? Where can I go to take the exam :blah:

And how much time do you think it would take to get this all done? And what happens if I just go get the darn 2M and use it? No frequency?

I really am new to this so please bear with me....

Nemo
03-05-2010, 05:49 PM
Found the link you placed in the sticky for the most part.

I am studying that for now but if there are helpful hints I would still appreciate them.

I still will need to know where to take the exam and a good place to purchase a 2M.

Rock Dog
03-05-2010, 06:20 PM
HRO is a good place to purchase a radio, depending on the sales they are having....
As for the test, i really used QRZ.com and took the test many times... It cycles through the questions pool that will be on the test.... I also took the test for General because it costed nothing extra to do so when you test.. To my surprise i actually passed.

I did read the book, but got a great deal out of repeatedly taking the tests on QRZ, and learning what the correct answers were....

There is a test tomorrow at 10:00 A.M in Englewood...
06-Mar-2010
Sponsor: SOUTH METRO VE TEAM
Time: 10:00AM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: DAVID L AVERY
(303)795-5718
Email: N0HEQ@ARRL.NET
VEC: ARRL/VEC
Location: ENGLEWOOD MAIN LIBRARY
1000 ENGLEWOOD PKWY
ENGLEWOOD, CO 80110

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and these dates as well.
13-Mar-2010
Sponsor: MILE HI VE TEAM
Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: GLENN E SCHULTZ
(303)366-9689
Email: JADISCATS@EARTHLINK.NET
VEC: ARRL/VEC
Location: ST LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
PARISH HALL
E 13TH AVE AT QUEBEC ST
DENVER, CO 80220

17-Mar-2010
Sponsor: DENVER W5YI VE TEAM
Time: 7:00PM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: PHILIP E OKUNEWICK
(303)273-5956
Contact: NONE
VEC: W5YI VEC
Location: FRONT RANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
3645 W 112TH AVE
B0103 WEST LOWER LEVEL
CALL:ANGEE BAUNE (303)452-1680
WESTMINSTER, CO 80031

20-Mar-2010
Sponsor: UNSPONSORED
Time: 2:00PM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: DONNA E PETERSON
(719)481-3807
Email: DONNAPETERSON9@EARTHLINK.NET
VEC: ARRL/VEC
Location: LDS CHURCH
950 WEST HIGHWAY 105
MONUMENT, CO 80132

20-Mar-2010
Sponsor: BOULDER ARC JUNIORS
Time: (No walk-ins)
Contact: ELLIE VAN WINKLE
(303)494-5578
VEC: ARRL/VEC
Location: ELLIE & RIP'S HOUSE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
903 PARAGON DR
BOULDER, CO 80303

27-Mar-2010
Sponsor: PARK COUNTY RADIO CLUB
Time: 12:30PM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: E R BOVA
(303)838-6568
Email: W0WPD@EARTHLINK.NET
VEC: ARRL/VEC
Location: ST MARY OF THE ROCKIES CHURCH
236 BULL DOGGER RD
CROW HILL - US HIGHWAY 285
HTTP://WWW.AB0PC.ORG
BAILEY, CO 80421

corsair23
03-05-2010, 09:20 PM
What license should I be looking at for personal use? Novice? No-Code?

Technician, although as Neil states you might as well take the test for the General license while you are at it...No additional cost if taken right after you pass the Technician test

Can someone assist me with prep for the exam? Where can I go to take the exam :blah:

Follow what Neil said...Read the book(s) and take the sample tests, LOTS of times....

And how much time do you think it would take to get this all done? And what happens if I just go get the darn 2M and use it? No frequency?

Time? If you studied hard, took lots of sample tests, and had a good base knowledge of some of the underlying principles I bet you could study for a week and pass the test...For many of us we went through the RS class which was multiple weeks (4-5 classes) and culminated in the test.

After you pass it can take 2-4 weeks to actually get your license and even though you passed the test and might even have the gear installed, until you have been assigned a call sign you cannot legally transmit. You can listen all you want though which can help to pick up the protocol.

As for what happens if you just get the gear and use it...Don't but in case you are tempted to do so the likelihood is that you will get reported and if the FCC finds you they can fine you, jail you, and take your equipment. That said, in an emergency you can use the HAM regardless. Learning to use the equipment is important though because it isn't like CB where you just turn the dial to a channel and chat.

Here was an interesting thread on using a HAM radio without a license:

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=92862

TIMZTOY
03-05-2010, 10:10 PM
what was the link for the technician and general practis test online ??? some of us might not have it...

rover67
03-05-2010, 10:26 PM
this is my favorite:

http://www.eham.net/exams/

corsair23
03-05-2010, 10:50 PM
Here is another one

http://www.qrz.com/testing.html