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Author Topic: UK G6 getting a US license  (Read 3169 times)
G6SHZ
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« on: February 19, 2001, 01:06:32 AM »

Hi

I am now living in California and want to get a US license - I have been a UK G6 (no code) since 1978 but would like to get limited HF now I am here.

So I guess my G6 will give me UHF/VHF but can I upgrade to HF by just taking the 5wpm code test? or do I have to take the written FCC test too?

Any advice or at least pointers to a local contact who might know the answers would be appreciated

73's

Steve
G6SHZ/W6
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KG6CIQ
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2001, 04:21:24 PM »

Hello Steve,,

Welcome to CA..
I moved here 2 1/2 years ago from the UK on company move.
I've literally just got back in to radio after a 6 year gap/lapse.

So what are your options.
I was not able to just get a Tech licence based on my
Class B..(Well that's what I was told) So you can..

- Use /W6 only if your here for short period.
- Take the 1st theory exam, that will = "Tech", like a "B" in UK
- Then take the CW = "Tech" with very limited HF privileges.,
- Take 2nd theory = General HF with some limitations., Like "A" in UK now.
- Take 3rd theory = Extra.. Full Jobby..

I just took the 2 Theory tests, and the 5WPM CW test to get my General.
At present I'm just working on 10M on a dipole at 20', I'm having a blast.
23 Countries, 25 States in approx a month...   Great fun.

Let me know if you have any questions.?

Rgds
David - KG6CIQ ex G8LIY

ps..
Not sure if you have ever looked at doing CW..
I tried for years.. Then somebody here suggested Code Quick.. ( http://www.cq2k.com/ )
Well approx 1hr per day for 26days.. I took the test & passed.
They also do the theory exams also.

Note:
The theory tests here are multiple choice.
The CW is either answer questions on the Code sent to you,
or they look for 1 min of error free copy, that is approx 25 Chrs..
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G6SHZ
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2001, 05:10:03 PM »

Hi

Thanks for that - it's very helpful.

I have a couple of choices in that I can either do the UK test when I am back there on a trip and upgrade to A/B or do the US tests - but my G6 dates from 1978 so I'll have to learn the theory again Sad and it's probably a bit like 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' - I answer all the UK questions and fail at $300 on the US version Smiley

Did I understand it correctly that the code test is receive only - is their no send needed?

Again thanks for your help - I'll listen out for you on 10 (hamstick mounted on apartment balcony) and maybe if I can get the code sorted even be able to reply.

Many thanks

Steve
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AC5ZC
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2001, 01:12:59 PM »

Hi Steve,

You can use your British licence only if you are here temporarily. To obtain a US licence is very easy. The tests are multi choice and for practice you can click on Ham Exams on this web site. These are actual questions from the question pool. The Technician licence gives you all UHF/VHF privileges. Add 5wpm CW and second theory test and you get access to HF bands.
The CW test is receive only, an actual QSO (not random groups) and you either need to have a solid one minute copy or answer correctly eight out of ten multiple choice questions.
The tests are administered by Volunteer Examiners and a lot of Ham Clubs give test sessions. Check WWW.ARRL.ORG for dates in your area.

73 de AC5ZC
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KG6CIQ
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2001, 09:57:04 PM »

Hi Steve..

The CW test is receive only.
If you read the full rules they could in theory test on sending but to my knowledge they never do.

Per the other poster, It's all multiple choice.
They have a fixed set of questions pools that they randomly choose from for each licence class.

I did all my practice on one of the web test sites.
The Tech & General exams are 35 Questions, and you need a 70% mark to pass.

Where are you in CA..
Can you supply an email address..??

Rgds
David - KG6CIQ ex G8LIY
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G6SHZ
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2001, 10:18:35 PM »

I think I'll take a look through the web sites rather than those rather expensive ARRL books - I 'tested' myself without any practice or even having looked at the courses and managed 56% so I shouldn't have much to do (I hope).

I'm based in Cupertino just north of San Jose and my email is steve@xaraonline.com.

Regards

Steve
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