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Ham-In-A-Day Far Exceeds Expectations:

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Ham-In-A-Day Far Exceeds Expectations:  
by WA4D on December 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Why a Ham in a day? What takes so long? Why not 15 minutes? Or a "shake and bake"?

Anyone and everyone should have a license!!
Ham-In-A-Day Far Exceeds Expectations:  
by K7FD on December 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
As always, I'll be 40 meter CW and happy to log a call from any of these newly minted hams...

RE: Ham-In-A-Day Far Exceeds Expectations:  
by K9RFZ on December 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Obviously bringing new operators into amateur radio is commendable, but the ham-in-a-day concept that drills rote memorization of test answers doesn't do justice to the scores of stamped out licensees who don't have a clue how to operate. I hope the instructors offer a follow up class titled, "Now I've got a license, how do I use it?"

Joseph, K9RFZ
Ham-In-A-Day Far Exceeds Expectations:  
by W6SDW on December 24, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
In total agreement with K9RFZ. Many "General, Advanced, Extra" amateurs receiving licenses via these one day / weekend classes ask me questions like: "What length for a 20 meter dipole?" - "How long should a 2 meter ground plane be?" - "What's difference between dbd vs. dbi" - "Can I run 500w with RG-58?" I (always) assist my fellow amateurs whenever I can. I expect new folks to have many questions. I've been an Elmer to many, but amateur Advanced/Extras should know these "basic" things. (Are these types of questions no longer on the exams??) Been a General for over 30 years, no interest in upgrading as I am more of an experimenter/builder/restorer. Not in favor of this path-to-license trend. It has created way too many "appliance" operators. There is too much "instant gratification" in society now, hence little respect for the privilege(s) they provide. Better to "bring-em up slowly" - If they aren't willing to put in the time, they will most likely look for something else to do. Those who are really interested will put in the time, effort and the Amateur Service will be better off.
RE: Ham-In-A-Day Far Exceeds Expectations:  
by VK2DMH on December 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Putting in the time is great, I agree. However, in this day and age I think we could wait a long time for the next generation to have enough interest or patience to go through what we did to get a callsign.

I wonder if there will be any Amateur Radio service (like we know it now) by the time we're pushing up daisies?
RE: Ham-In-A-Day Far Exceeds Expectations:  
by K0HEA on December 31, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
No, it will all be digital, glorified cellphone...
RE: Ham-In-A-Day Far Exceeds Expectations:  
by KG4RUL on January 4, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
My classes are 8 weeks, three hours, one evening a week with an exam session on the last meeting. Anything less is shortchanging the student and Amateur Radio.
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