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Thanks to a note form Rob I have learned that the next Ham Cram for the Sacramento area (actually Orangevale, so NW of Sac a bit, toward Folsom) will be March 21st.

Michele and I have talked about doing this as a way to put it on the calendar and just be done with it - we know we need to get our license but have been slacking off about actually doing it. Nothing like a deadline to make something happen.

Unfortunately Michele won't be in town that weekend, but I will so I'm thinking I'll go ahead and sign up. I know a few others have talked about it, so here's your chance.

Their next session will be in May.

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AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE APPLICANT
INFORMATION SHEET

If you are interested in becoming an amateur radio operator, this information is for you. Our team is putting on a HAM-CRAM session
on March 21, 2015.

The session will be at the LDS Church located at 7950 Hazel Ave, Orangevale, CA (corner of Hazel and Cherry Ave).

The session starts at 8:45 AM when we hand out the study material. Then applicants will study till 1:00 PM when the written examinations are given.

The cost is $20.00 to be paid when you check in on arrival. The breakdown of expense is: $5.00 for the use of study material, and $15.00 for the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) exam fee.

If you have problems and you don’t pass the exam, you can take the exam a second time if time permits. Each time you take the exam an additional $15.00 will be charged to cover FCC fees.

For you to Register, we need some information listed below in Red. The information is to be sent to Joe Cardoza at: cardozas@comcast.net

You need a Federal Registration Number (FRN) or a Social Security number to apply for an Amateur Radio License. (We prefer using the FRN number and not your Social Security number).

• To obtain an FRN number: Go on the Web to the FCC Registration System at: (https://fjallfoss.fc...b/publicHome.do) and click on Register and follow the instructions

Name: (the same as you used to apply for the FRN).
Full Mailing Address: (where you receive mail)
Phone number:
Email address:
Federal Registration Number (FRN):

After we receive the above information, we will confirm your registration via email.

Joe Cardoza Jr,
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For those wanting to study before hand, Dan Romanchik (KB6NU) has made some good study guides and has them available on his site. The technician and general class guides are free. He also offers an extra study guide for $7.99 . I used his study guide as well as the e-ham practice tests to get ready when I took the test for my tech license a couple of years ago. Studied about a month and walked in and took the test and only missed one.

Also, if you do really well and pick up the technician info and are getting 100% on the practice tests you may want to study for the general license. You can take it at the same time after you pass the technician test and you can do it for no additional cost. I gave it a shot even though I hadnt studied and was only off by around 4 questions IIRC. Food for thought.

Link to Dan's site : http://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/

Down here in Socal someone gives the test every weekend (usually at multiple sites) which makes it easy to go get your license. Even if you are only getting your ticket for truck to truck coms while offroading it's well worth it.

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Plenty of people have said it's easy enough to just pick up one of the apps or an on-line study guide then find a local place giving the test and just take it. The problem for me has been motivation, so having a fixed date set will help (I hope).

Frankly I have little interest in actually 'using' a radio, I just want a glorified walkie-talkie to talk to other trucks in the group, or occasionally try to raise somebody who's outside our immediate area. So I'll pass on the more advanced licensing. The last thing I need is another hobby.

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I'm with you there Don. The only reason I have my ticket is for trail comms. I used to monitor a lot of the local repeaters right after I got my license, but that wore out pretty quick.

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Don. That's right down the street from me. I'm in. Like you I have been procrastinating. I even have my hand held and everything. I have convinced the wife that ham is a way we can communicate if needs be when out on the trail and not in cell range. Most of the places I go have repeaters fairly close. With a mobile in the rover and a base station at the house she could get a heaping helping of warm and fuzzy when we are out and about and she's not. It all makes sense to me.

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With a mobile in the rover and a base station at the house she could get a heaping helping of warm and fuzzy when we are out and about and she's not. It all makes sense to me.


Can you use a similar logic to justify a new 4.6 motor? It would be far safer to have the extra power and being newer it wouldn't leave you stranded where bears could attack you ....

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Can you use a similar logic to justify a new 4.6 motor? It would be far safer to have the extra power and being newer it wouldn't leave you stranded where bears could attack you ....

Graeme


Logic. It's a powerful thing when applied properly!

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Well seeing as it's almost Valentine's Day I will give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes. Maybe she loves me enough. Do you have a line on a good 4.6 that is less expensive than my whole rug is worth? Looks like a refurbished short block is more than what I could get for the whole kit and caboodle.

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That 5 minutes from my house, but we will be out of town that weekend. Damn...

HAM is the way to go. Anyone even thinking about it, should do it. I bought my puxing 777 for about $60, larger antenna on the roof rack for around $40 and a few extra battery for $10 and you are set for awhile. No comparison to CB.
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we know we need to get our license but have been slacking off about actually doing it.


Very pleased to hear you are going and you have my support. I do not suggest other study aids as the whole point of the CRAM in the HAM-CRAM is to spend a few hours studying the aswers to the current question pool. Taking the test in the same day generates a high passing rate. This does not however, teach how to use a radio, just gets you the tech license.

Just to remind all NCLR club members, you should not get on air without a license.
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Yep im excited. Ive been listening only for months on the radio

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Sounds like a good bunch of members are getting the licenses. This is good news!

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Registered. Is there any plan to go play in the dirt after the test?

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The HAM has been Crammed.

 

Nick, Jason, Chad, and I were all there today.  I believe we have a 100% passing rate, so it's all good.

 

There was one guy who took the test who must have failed previously.  He came out dancing and shouting "I passed! I passed!  Woo Hoo! I passed!"   I was glad I passed and all, but I didn't see where it merited that level of rejoicing.  Maybe he's just an excitable sort of guy. 

 

Anyway, it's done.  Now I can start pestering Jared about radios and antennas.  I promised myself I wouldn't even look at mobile radios until I had my license.  So now the wallet is officially in the danger zone.


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The HAM has been Crammed.

 

Nick, Jason, Chad, and I were all there today.  I believe we have a 100% passing rate, so it's all good.

 

Good job guys!!


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Yep. We came, we crammed, we are now hams...lol.

Question.. can i put an amp in my vehicle connected to my ht and a roof mounted antenna? Or does one hhave to buy a vehicle rig?

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Congrats to everyone on passing your test and getting your ticket. Depending on who does the filing of the paperwork with the FCC you can sometimes look up your call sign on the ULS as early as Wednesday. (mine was up the Thursday after I took my test on a Saturday) Once you know your call you are golden and able to transmit on all bands available to your license class..

 

Nick - Once you look at the prices for an external amp to boost the output of your HT you will quickly realize that you are probably better served just getting a good mobile rig. Been there, done that.. :)


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