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Post by Kevin on Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:30 am

Anybody else interested in a ham radio license?  I think I'm going to pull the trigger.  I'm using hamstudy.org and the free No-Nonsense Study Guide at http://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/. I got the links from the thread on RME, there's more options there if these don't float your boat. Seems like everybody says to pass the test with rote memorization and then worry about learning afterwards, that seems wrong to me but I'll give it a shot.

The test is $15.  You can get a Baofeng handheld on Amazon for $30.

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Post by dutchman on Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:41 am

What's the benefit of a HAM radio? Why the need for a license?

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Post by Kevin on Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:00 am

You need a license because the FCC says you do. Some guys run without one, they probably won't get caught, they're looking at steep fines and possible jail time if they are though.

Benefits over a CB - range, clarity, and if you're in a bind you can reach out and grab a repeater and get Andrew to come winch you out.

Plus mad expo points, way more than an ARB fridge or RTT.

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Post by dutchman on Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:04 am

More expo points than either an ARB Fridge or RTT? That's a lot of points.

Would you run a HAM and CB in your rig?

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Post by Andrew on Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:35 am

dutchman wrote:Would you run a HAM and CB in your rig?

Yes, because it is likely that more people around you will have a CB.

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Post by Kevin on Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:00 pm

Depending on who I'm with, yeah. I'd probably install a dual purpose antenna and keep a CB stashed in the glovebox just in case.

Some HAM radios can be modified to transmit and receive on FRS/GMRS frequencies too, which could be handy.

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