Posts Tagged ‘BecomeAHam’

Scan_Pic0001I haven’t blogged in a few weeks.  Work has kept me busy and I’m still making solid progress on the new basement ham shack, home office, podcast studio and just general all-round man-cave.  I’ll try to get an update on the new ham shack published soon.  However, I wanted to take some time to write a quick blog post to tell you about some really fantastic news.  A friend of mine and fellow club member, Stu Turner W0STU debuted his license course system today.

The license course is an integrated learning system, combining the best of proven traditional methods with new media to provide an overall learning experience never experienced before in amateur radio. 

The Book – The Technician License Course, is honestly the missing book we’ve been looking for.  This material contains more than just the public domain questions.  When used, the student will actually learn and not just memorize. 

The Website – The interactive website offers a fun and highly informative electronic magazine for new hams.  New features and new content will be introduced frequently. 

The Apps – The tablet and smart phone apps provide book-coordinated question pool quizzes and full exam practice from anywhere and at anytime.   The HamRadioSchool app will also track progress to ensure the student sees all of the pool questions and remembers areas of weakness so you know exactly where you need to focus your attention.

Yes there are other study materials and methods available, however these often encourage memorization and leave the student without truly understanding the content.  The Technician License Course material promotes true understanding with simplicity in an easy to follow program. 

If you are interested in earning your US FCC Technician class amateur radio license, skip the rest and go for the best!  Please visit the website to learn more about the program.

Until next time…

73 de KD0BIK

Become A Ham–A Shameless Plug

In addition to my amateur radio blogging, I also host an amateur radio podcast titled the practical amateur radio podcast (PARP).   I began podcasting about amateur radio in 2008.  PARP is currently in its 5th season and I’m looking forward to many more. 

When I was in the final stages of preparing for both my technician and general class exams, I used a set of flash cards from Flash and Pass.  I would ask my wife to read the questions to me and I would try to answer.  This was especially handy when I wasn’t near a computer and couldn’t take the online sample tests.  This process actually worked well for me and helped me polish my knowledge.

In the summer of 2010 when the new US Technician question pool became active, I decided I would create an audio only version of the flash card process.   I used the ARRL version of the study guide and the question pool which accompanies that book to record the question, the four possible answers, followed by the question again and then finally announce the correct answer. 

I believe the basis for success in using this method depends on first reading the study guide.  Second, the use of online sample test sites (many different ones are available), I recommend a site some friends of mine maintain called Ham Tests.  However, I really believe it is important for the student to READ THE BOOK!!!  Then (and only then) download my twenty audio sessions.

Each audio session is anywhere from 12 to 30 minutes in length (perfect for commute to work or school) and contain every question in the current question pool unless that question relates to a visual diagram.  The tech and general pools do have some questions that ask you to reference a diagram.  I mention these during the appropriate audio session only as a reminder to study the question directly from the book.

As of today, I have the Become A Ham US Technician (2010 – 2014) and US General (2011 – 2015) sessions available.  These sessions are available free of charge.  I will record the US Extra (2012 – 2016) audio sessions sometime late Spring or early summer to coincide with the new extra class question pool which starts 1 July 2012. 

You can download/stream these audio sessions direct from by clicking on the Become A Ham tab.  Alternatively, you can also download these sessions via RSS.  The RSS links to the Become A Ham US Tech and US General can be found on on the Become A Ham tab. 

I’ve received many positive comments on both the technician and general audio programs and I’m truly pleased to know many have experienced benefit from the audio programs.  If you are preparing for either the US Technician or the US General amateur radio exam, please visit  Good Luck!!!

Until next time…

73 de KD0BIK

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