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Author Topic: New Amateur Extra  (Read 10482 times)
KJ6MSG
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« on: July 17, 2012, 03:15:23 PM »

Well, I took the exam, passed, and now I'm an Amateur Extra! I was first licensed a Technician in February 2011 and then upgraded to General in July 2011. I thought I'd be good there, but I found myself desiring more bandwidth and privilege, so I just went for it. My education is in Electrical Engineering, so most of the theory wasn't an issue (except for some of the odd items like vacuum tubes and such), it was mostly the regulations and finer points that I had to study for. Anyway, I can't wait to get on the air with the new license!
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2012, 05:29:03 PM »

Congrats on getting your Extra. I know you will enjoy the extra space on the bands.
Have fun.

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Richard
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2012, 10:51:12 AM »

Congratulations; have fun with it!
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N3DF
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012, 05:45:57 PM »

How's your cw speed?
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2012, 06:09:45 AM »

Congrats. I was first licensed in 1963 and didn't get my EXTRA till abt 7 yrs ago.Shouldn't have waited so long.Have fun.

    Tim WA8IUR
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KG4LMZ
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2012, 06:10:56 AM »

Congratulations!  I got my Tech in 2001, waited until 2011 to upgrade to General and Extra.
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KASSY
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2012, 07:33:31 AM »

The bottom 25kHz of 40 meters is delightful in the evening and into the late night.  You will have many ragchews with stations in Asia.

- k
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K9AIM
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2012, 08:40:58 PM »

The bottom 25kHz of 40 meters is delightful in the evening and into the late night.  You will have many ragchews with stations in Asia.

- k

Enjoy that!  As a 1978 Advanced, I am stuck at 7.025 and higher and the digital modes start at about 7.030 -- leaving me a whopping 5 to 10 KHz to look for DX that want to venture out of the safe waters Cry
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K9AIM
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2012, 04:38:52 PM »

Hopefully this is not just pie-in-the-sky talk, but I plan to pass the Extra by November.  No more whining from me about how I I have to re-take all of the Advanced part of the Extra that I already have passed; and no more lamenting that even though I passed an FCC-proctored 13wpm code exam in 1978, I am not allowed in CW segments that people who don't even know code can theoretically access  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2012, 09:21:09 AM »

Times change. If you fight it, you are the one who looses  Wink You are smart to "bite the bullet" and get on with it.
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W7HBP
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2012, 06:36:14 PM »

Well, I took the exam, passed, and now I'm an Amateur Extra! I was first licensed a Technician in February 2011 and then upgraded to General in July 2011. I thought I'd be good there, but I found myself desiring more bandwidth and privilege, so I just went for it. My education is in Electrical Engineering, so most of the theory wasn't an issue (except for some of the odd items like vacuum tubes and such), it was mostly the regulations and finer points that I had to study for. Anyway, I can't wait to get on the air with the new license!

Nice work. I became a tech back in 93, and didnt do anything till Jan of 12, then passed General. And just also passed extra a few weeks ago. I figured I'd be content with general, but no way was I not going to move to extra class. It was just calling.
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2012, 06:37:59 PM »

How's your cw speed?

Cant you use "phone" emissions on the extra class portion? Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2012, 09:14:43 PM »

Can't use phone on the following "USA Extra-class" segments: 3.500 to 3.525; 7.000-7.025; 14.000-14.025; and 21.000-21.025

And of course on those bands that is where the most CW DX operators tend to hang out...
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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2012, 10:54:05 PM »

Can't use phone on the following "USA Extra-class" segments: 3.500 to 3.525; 7.000-7.025; 14.000-14.025; and 21.000-21.025

And of course on those bands that is where the most CW DX operators tend to hang out...


I was referring to the 3.600-3.700 section (80). In other words, going extra, you get more phone privileges too is what I meant.
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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2012, 06:13:18 AM »

QSL, I like the restricted phone segments my Advanced class has, but unfortunately there are no Advanced CW segments beyond that of General (presumably because the CW requirement of 13wpm was the same for both classes when the privileges were divvied up). 

For me, the real draw of the Extra is the CW segments where international DX hang out.  (especially given that almost all non-USA hams can access those segments regardless of license class).  Especially on 40m, the CW segment is extremely small for [U.S.A.] non-Extras now that digital ops are migrating down as low as 7.035...   

Thank goodness some DXpeditions accomodate U.S. non-Extras by going above 7.025 (such as D64K who is using at 7.026).  I do note that on 20m SSB, D64K is at 14.150 and seems to be listening up 5 to 10 so my Advanced isn't helping me there. So maybe those Extra phone segments may end up being more desirable than I presently imagine...

Just today, I bit the bullet and purchased a hamtestonline Extra subscription so I can study the material and pass the Extra.

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