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Old 09-01-2014, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Woo-hoo!

Wow, am I glad *that* test is over! I know there are people who say the tech exam is easy-sneezy, but I'm not one of them.

There were 15 people sitting for Ham Radio tests (Tech, General and Extra) and most were there (like me) for the Tech (newbie).

Out of 35 questions, I got 33 right! And it was not exactly like the online tests that I've been using.

What was really, really interesting was that I was the only woman in the bunch, and the rest of these men (mostly in their 50s and 60s) were not sure what to think about a woman in their midst.

And when the men (and I) came into the room to take the test, all the men settled into the tables *away* from me. Was just like being the odd kid in high school, all over again. Finally, a couple nice gents sat next to me.

And the proctors (is that what they're called?) or examiners (that sounds better) started by saying, "Now gentlemen..." and then corrected themselves and said, "Er, uh, Ladies and gentlemen..."

It was a stitch.

I asked one of the old timers if many women were involved in ham radio in Hampton Roads and he said, "Yes, my wife helps out when we have get-togethers and does some...." and then he stopped himself. I think he was going to say "cooking."

That was also pretty funny.

Anyway - I'm glad it's over. I was completely stressed out. I never was any good at tests in school. I'm a writer with a long background in architectural history. I don't know much about them fancy modern wireless thangs.



The best part was being the only woman in the bunch. There were a couple guys just staring at me like I had 12 horns growing out of my head.

I was going to put this post as an update on another thread I had started, but the thread was closed when some one made a suggestion that I could just violate FCC laws and operate a radio sans license. Just for the record, I had a 3rd class radio operators license in 1974 (when I was 14). I think it'd be incredibly foolish to violate any laws regarding the FCC and airwaves. I do *not* look good in bright orange jumpsuits.

Rose
Congratulations on getting your Ham Ticket! You should have tried for your General at the same time. That way you wouldn't have had to pay another fee to take the test. The General test today, is the same as the Tech test back in the 70's and 80's, so you probably would have passed.

Oh, and they're not called Proctors or Examiners, they're called VE's or Vecs. No matter as soon as you get your General we'll have to make a Contact on the HF Bands. Until that time, here's a Video from my YouTube page that I think you will appreciate:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY-7VgZNypk&hd=1

73's!
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Norfolk
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Congratulations on getting your Ham Ticket! You should have tried for your General at the same time. That way you wouldn't have had to pay another fee to take the test. The General test today, is the same as the Tech test back in the 70's and 80's, so you probably would have passed.

Oh, and they're not called Proctors or Examiners, they're called VE's or Vecs. No matter as soon as you get your General we'll have to make a Contact on the HF Bands.


73's!
As the prior posts indicate, I now have my Extra.

The tests have changed a bit through the years.

And lastly, I'm now a Volunteer Examiner, too. I did that so other women who show up to take the tests would be reassured seeing a female "Extra" sitting at the VE table. In all my time taking tests, I've never seen a female sitting at the VE table.

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Old 09-11-2014, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Well in that case maybe we'll make a Contact on the HF Bands someday!
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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As the prior posts indicate, I now have my Extra.
Congrats! I missed all of that. I'm an Extra, too, although I'm not on the air right now. I need a better antenna and there hasn't been time to make anything.

There's few women in the hobby out here, but that's okay. (;
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:55 PM
 
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CQ,,CQ,,CQ,,Do people still do the ham radio thing?
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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CQ,,CQ,,CQ,,Do people still do the ham radio thing?
QSL. Yes, I recently tested for my tech license. The Gordon West book for the General. Right now I have a 2 meter Icom next to my desk, another Yaesu in my pickup. A couple of cheap 2M 70CM HT radios.

I have the echelink app on my phone, iPad and desktop computer.

I've been playing with home-brew antennas. It seems I am the young guy in the club, I am 39.

On the state system I've been hearing a 4th grader on air.
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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CQ,,CQ,,CQ,,Do people still do the ham radio thing?

There are more ham radio licenses than ever with nearly 750,000 licensed. So yes we do.
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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Dropping the code requirements and making the licensing easier has been a good thing. CW is just as popular or more popular than ever.
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