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    New HAM listener

    So, I just bought a Baofeng handheld ham duo. Any advice on next steps? Beyond, take a class dummy? Notlooking to transmit, just listen in onsomethimg pardon my grammer, im too lazyto go back, and this is the Internet, not a resume. Getoverit.

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    Get your technicians license. By studying you will define the next steps as relevant to your needs or goals. Their are several study guides available online. GOOGLE.
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    Go on AARL. They have reviews and practice exams where they use the pool of actual test questions. Keep taking the test till you get scores of 80 % consistently. Then take the real thing to get you technicians license. I say Ham radio is a must for a prepper.
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    Just renewed mine for the umpthteenth time, first one in 1957.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haydukeprepper View Post
    Any advice on next steps? Beyond, take a class dummy? Notlooking to transmit, just listen in onsomethimg pardon my grammer, im too lazyto go back, and this is the Internet, not a resume. Getoverit.
    I'm thinkin you don't need or want a license, right?
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    The test is fairly easy...I got 1 wrong...my issue is figuring out what freq to listen too! Not doing well on that front

    I do have a somewhat local chapter I need to visit to get me some learnin'...

    No reason, that I can see, not to take the test...

    Michael J.
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    If you are interested in HAM and want to learn more, I recommend the following YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/davecasler/featured

    This guy is pretty informative and his videos will help make things easy to learn. It helped me. I have to read and see something before I can learn it, and I could learn at my own pace with the videos.

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    If your plans are only to ever listen, you don't *need* to do anything else. However, taking a class or reading up on the Tech license would give you helpful information on how to use your radio, how to find helpful frequencies, and maybe reach out to a local club.

    Having the ability to use something, but lacking the skill to do so, is pointless.
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