I am a "zero to extra in one sitting" Ham. But I actually knew most of the theory from my career beforehand.
Was that cheating? Bah. The difficult part of the tests were the regulations which couldn't be derived or inferred. Simple rote memory. I am now learning morse for fun, and up to 20+ WPM using an iPhone app. Is that cheating? Pfffft.
I missed one question each on the three tests. One (the tech) I actually shaded the wrong box. I am 4 months licensed and I am as good any anyone else that is on the Air. To tell you the truth I was severly disappointed by the general quality of the majority of the licensed hams I met at first.
Oafs, and the older the worse. That's ok. I will still be on the air after they are fertilizing the ground.
ETA: I was disappointed that the Extra didn't have more math and theory. I wanted a challenge. Oh well.
Extra Women? No thanks, I have enough already in my house, what with my wife and daughter.
My wife is more than smart enough to be an EE, but she is a lowly programmer/architect just like me. Her attitude is "Why would I want to talk to a bunch of people I don't know."
She has a point. Some of the old prunes on the air are downright offensive. Sad sad.
I was listening to the contesting this weekend and a YL got piled on, it was pathetic. We need more ladies in the hobby to hand these old timers their rear ends when they get out of line, which some of them are permanently in a state of stupidity and classlessness.
Anyway as a new VE and Ham, I hand out new radios (eggroll HTs) to anyone that passes the test. I am trying my best to recruit bold smart new young amateurs to the hobby. And I am having some success.
Ok, Sir. I am going to let you off with a warning, but don't let us catch you doing it again or you are going down town.
(LOL, always wanted to say that to an LEO. All in fun. ) Be safe.
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