For the last couple of decades I have wanted to get a HAM radio license. I never got really serious about it, but it was always there in the back of my head waiting for “someday.”

Someday finally arrived. The stars aligned a couple of weeks ago and I decided to just go out and do it soon. I discovered that there was a test scheduled monthly in Salt Lake and I decided to study and take the exam during one of the tests this summer. I started studying from a library book – Now Your Talking – on Monday. I already knew that much of the knowledge was common sense rules about being considerate and so yesterday when I looked to see what dates the test was to be administered I discovered that the first one was that evening. Having taken some practice exams and seeing that I almost always got passing scores with the little study I had done, I decided to take the leap and take my test yesterday rather than agonizing over the material for another month. I took the test at 7:00 last night and passed on the first try (you can have three tries in one sitting). They encouraged me to take the test for the General class and I got closer to passing that than I would have expected.

Today my callsign got assigned and published in the FCC database so I am now KF7DQE – a HAM without a radio. (Of course I’ll be on the lookout for an appropriate rig.)

About David

David is the father of 8 extremely organized children (4 girls / 4 boys) who is constantly seeking answers to tough questions related to parenting, education and politics while moonlighting for 40 hours each week as a technology professional. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and sports.

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4 Responses to HAM – KF7DQE

  1. Jordy says:

    Congrats, that’s exciting! My someday hasn’t come, but I hope it will soon! Meanwhile, I’ve learned Morse Code just for fun –although I’m pretty sure it’s not too useful these days. đŸ™‚


    • David says:

      I can’t vouch for how useful it is or isn’t but I can say that it is not necessary for any class of license anymore.

  2. M Stephens says:

    73’s! Too bad you’d be out of range to talk to Houston. KC5IET

    • David says:

      It is too bad, but hopefully that’s temporary. My goal is to get to a point (with both license and rig) where I can reach any place in the Continental U.S.

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