Topics For Technicians!
The New-Ham FAQ
The questions below will introduce you to a 17 page downloadable document in PDF form.Download the complete questions and answers here!
First off, congratulations on passing your exam! We welcome you to the fraternity of amateur radio operators. You no doubt have a few questions, and we just happen to have a few answers.
The questions that are covered in the PDF document start here!
MY NEW OR UPGRADED LICENSE
How do I check my license status online?
When can I go on the air?
When will I get my paper license?
What kind of call sign will I be given?
Will I be assigned a new call every time I pass a license exam?
Can I apply for a custom call sign? How?
Can I choose a vanity call sign from another district?
Can I get a vanity call sign and keep my current call sign?
How much does a vanity call sign cost?
Can I apply through your VE group for a vanity call sign?
KEEPING YOUR LICENSE CURRENT
How often do I have to renew my license?
Do I have to be retested?
What happens if my license expires?
If I?ve just passed an exam to upgrade my existing license, does my license term get extended for another ten years?
Is there anything else I should do to ensure that my license stays valid?
Are there national organizations for amateur radio operators?
Why should I join a local radio club? What do they do?
Where can I find a local radio club to join?
UPGRADING YOUR LICENSE
I?ve heard that there?s more than one type of amateur radio license. I just passed the Technician exam?is there any advantage to going for another class of license?
How do the tests for General class and Amateur Extra differ from the Technician test?
I just passed the Technician class test. I want to take the General class test at the very next test session, but I probably won?t have my paper license yet. What do I do?
Do the higher classes of license require that I pass a Morse code test?
What?s the best way to study for these tests?
OK, I?m ready to take another exam. When?s the next scheduled Silicon Valley VE Group exam session?
BECOMING A VE
VE work looks interesting. What do I have to do to become one?
Does it cost anything to become a VE?
GETTING ON THE AIR
What kind of equipment should I buy?
Where can I buy equipment?
What kind of antenna should I put up?
AMATEUR RADIO ACTIVITIES
I know that hams talk to one another on radios. But what do they do, exactly?
FM and Repeaters
Digital Mode Operation
Software-Defined Radio (SDR)
Hamfests and Conventions
If you have further questions or need more info please feel free to contact the Silicone Valley VE Group Leader, Morris Jones, AD6ZH, at e-mail mojoteri AT comcast.net for more "local" information related to the San Jose, California Group.
You may also email n4ujw at hamunivere.com for general ham radio questions.
Download the complete questions and answers here!