Monday, June 01, 2009

Sat for my 'Ham' exams.

Well, I finally got to do something which has been on my 'to do' list for a very long time.

Sunday, I sat for my 'Ham' licence. Ham radio being amateur radio.

There were 3 exams, theory, regulations, and practical. There are 3 levels in Australia, and I did the intermediate level, or Standard licence. I passed. :-)

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Blogger Peter (Worldman): said...

Hello Phil,

Congratulations for your license. Is this difficult to do? What kind of equipment is needed? Does it cost a lot? And perhaps many more questions. I am interested of being a radio amateur.

Monday, June 01, 2009 10:30:00 pm  
Anonymous Phil said...

Thanks Peter. In Oz, there are 3 levels of licence. If you don't have an electronics background, the 'foundation' licence is the way to go. Here the representative organisation is the WIA - wireless institute (established 1910);
http://www.wia.org.au/

I believe Switzerland would have a similar organisation - this may be one, or at least give you a start?
http://www.ham-radio.ch/
http://www.uska.ch/typo/

It can cost as much or as little as you want. There is plenty of 2nd hand gear available, and you could just get a communications receiver to start off with.
(Look up Yaesu, or Icom brands to get a feel for what is available).

(e-mail me if you wish on flintknapper_344 at hot mail dot com).

Cheers and best wishes (might hear you on air?).
Phil

Tuesday, June 02, 2009 9:23:00 am  

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