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Sambolijah
06-21-2006, 17:52
Hey guys,

I'd like to get my ham radio license. I've tried contacting a club in my town (the BYU ham radio club), but haven't gotten a response after a few attempts to contact.

Is anyone familiar with any clubs in the Utah valley/Utah county area who offer classes/training? I'd really like to get licensed and learn more about ham radio.

Thanks for the help.

fortyfiveacpdvc
06-21-2006, 18:03
Get a copy of Gordon West's Tech class study guide and read it a dozen times. Then go to this sight and click on the test link on the left side. It's a great sight and they offer classes too.

http://www.xmission.com/~uarc/

I'm a fellow newby and just got my Tech class license about a month ago. I found the sample tests at http://www.eham.net/newham/ very helpful too.


Good luck!

Craig
WE7ICM

martho
06-21-2006, 19:07
http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/club/clubsearch.phtml

FN64
06-22-2006, 06:30
Ditto on martho's link for clubs.. Here's one to find other hams in your area.. just enter your zipcode. See if there's anyone in the list you're aquainted with.
http://www.qrz.com/i/names.html
Having an "Elmer" ie: helper, teacher is worth it's weight in gold.
And keep posting ?? here!! we'll help as best we can.

FN

edit:..fat fingers :freak:

R. Emmelman
06-22-2006, 07:48
Best wishes on getting your ham license. Let us know when you have your call.

73 Rich WI9NDY in INDY

ryanm
06-23-2006, 22:06
Good luck. If you ever get through central arkansas, we'd be happy to help.

RM
N5QZ

Sambolijah
06-25-2006, 01:59
Thanks guys. I'll use those links and go from there.

FYI: I got a reply from the BYU club, and they are open to BYU students/faculty/etc. only.

I'll keep you posted.

Sambolijah
05-24-2007, 22:12
update,


so about a year later, i just took and passed the tech exam.
i'm going to try for the general ticket next month.

R. Emmelman
05-25-2007, 04:54
:banana: GOOD FOR YOU! :banana:

Rich WI9NDY

FN64
05-25-2007, 08:04
Sambolijah:

Good deal & congrats!! Now that you've seen how the test sessions run the fear factor is gone!! Go snag the general. It's not that much harder and HF is where the fun really begins (as well as the frustration) LOL

So what kind of gear are you looking at??

FN

Sambolijah
05-25-2007, 09:27
I'm looking at the Yaesu 857.

FN64
05-25-2007, 11:05
I've never used one but am a Yaesu fan!! Have the 847.

I looked at the reviews at eham.net & they're mostly positive. See if you can get a manual online for a read thru. Might answer some ?? as to menu difficulties etc.

Something to remember about eham reviews.. Some are written by folks who can't figure out the manual & others are written by folks that want to sell radios. So sift the info & ask questions!!

best 73..FN

InjuriousGeorge
05-25-2007, 14:02
Originally posted by Sambolijah
I'm looking at the Yaesu 857.

I have one it is a good little radio. I've got it set up the optional filters and TCXO. Don't bother with the Yaesu 2.3kHz SSB filter it isn't any better than the built-in filter.

also check out http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FT-857/

If you can swing it and you don't want VHF/UHF I've been fondling the Kenwood TS480 at HRO every time I stop by. Overall it seems a less noisy, but I'd have to run them side-by-side at home to tell for sure.

Sambolijah
05-25-2007, 14:09
That's where I get a little confused.

In addition to the radio, what items will I need to purchase to get it up and running?

martho
05-25-2007, 14:52
Originally posted by Sambolijah
That's where I get a little confused.

In addition to the radio, what items will I need to purchase to get it up and running?

Power supply
Grounding equipment
low pass filter(HF only)
feedlines
antennas
There are a bunch more, but they become specific to what you want to do.


BTW: I have a TS-480SAT in the car and like it alot!