If you don’t currently hold an Amateur Extra class license, upgrading should be one of your top resolutions for the New Year.
About half of the 700,000 amateur radio licensees in the United States hold the Technician license. It’s the de-facto entry point for radio hams, but it should never be considered a final destination. Upgrading your license is one of the easiest things you can do and it’s the ‘Open Sesame‘ to all amateur radio privileges.
That so many in the fraternity have no ambition to upgrade, despite the ease with which it can be attained, is an embarrassing pox on the service. Let’s not mince words here, if you’ve been stuck at anything below Extra class for more than two years, you might not have the right stuff to be one of us.
Amateur radio operators in your area volunteer hundreds of hours of their time each year to make it incredibly simple for YOU to find a convenient location for testing. We’ve gone to great lengths to simplify the exams and testing processes.
It’s a multiple choice test — with published questions and answers available for review before you take the exam. There are a dozen or more excellent sources of license prep material at your fingertips, and you can take practice exams online over and over until the answers have been permanently stamped into your gray matter.
Newer hams frequently grouse that more seasoned operators don’t cuddle or love them enough. Bah! It’s time to set that aside and move up already. If you’ve been licensed for more than two years and don’t have an Extra class ticket, I can’t even look at you — let alone talk to you.