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Survival Communications- More Resources For Passing Your HAM Technician Test


In previous articles we told laid the groundwork for what it takes to become a HAM and how to set goals and schedule your test.  Once this ball is in motion the next step is to find the resources to locate the necessary information for passing your test.  As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t want you to learn the test to take the test but you need a reference point on which to start.

The HAM community is always happy to help bring people into the fold and the best way to learn about the community is from an “Elmer”.  Elmer is a term for someone who is very knowledgeable about the hobby and can help answer questions about procedures, concepts, practices, and pitfalls.  If you are a complete outsider you may feel overwhelmed at the very least.  You may want to find an Elmer, but where do you find an Elmer?  A great place to start might again be the National Association for Amateur Radio.  There are many clubs across the country and just about everyone is going to have a person willing to help you become a HAM.  This link will take you to a club locator.  My suggestion would be to be to simply contact a club nearby and tell them your intentions.  You will quickly find someone akin to a Vulcan willing to perform a mind meld.

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Back to the test, if you read our original article there was a link to an excellent study guide for the test.  This guide takes all 400 or so questions and puts them into some context in an easy to read format.  It doesn’t teach you to become a HAM, but it does tell you what you need to know to pass the test.  The test question pool itself is available online in multiple locations, here is one.   This link is a PDF containing all of the questions that are possible.  Please remember your test is going consist of 35 of these questions of which you must answer 26 of them correctly.  Once you have taken a look at all of the questions and read the previous study guide you may wish see how you would fare on the a sample test.  There are many great sites that offer practice tests but few are free.  This link will take you to a free site where you can practice for your exam.  You will have to create an account or log in using Facebook credentials but you can take tests and practice until the cows come home (or you pass).  You may be surprised at how easy it can be to pass.

With the information and resources we’ve given you so far you should be able to pass the test with a bit of study.  If you followed our recommendations in the second article you should have already scheduled your test.  Stay tuned to the Tin Hat Ranch as we begin the nuts and bolts behind being a HAM.

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