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What is the body of knowledge the U.S. written exams test?

I'm considering getting a U.S. amateur radio operator license. If you want to study to pass a license test, there are many resources to learn the answers to the entirety of the question pool: online ...
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Can a licensed ham use or modify CB equipment to work the 10 Meter Amateur bands?

Can a licensed ham use or modify CB equipment to work the 10 Meter Amateur bands? If so, are there any advantages/disadvantages to this?
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Does a FCC amateur license cost money?

If I wanted a FCC Amateur license, is this going to cost me anything? That includes tests, application fees, filing fees, and anything else but hardware.
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How do I change my registered address with the FCC?

I just moved, and I want to change my registered address with my call-sign. Is there a form or something somewhere that I can fill out? Do I have to mail it, or can I turn it in to the FCC or ...
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When may a ham operate beyond the privileges of their licence class?

As far as I know, all radio amateurs are assigned privileges on Power Output Mode of operation Operating bands as a function of the class of licence they hold. These privileges differ from one ...
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Testing blind license applicants

My friend is blind and would like to take the amateur radio license exam. I understand that the question and the four possible answers can be read to them, and that is fine. The one question that we ...
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How do I renew my FCC amateur license?

I have a technician class license, and my license expires in March 2014. How do I renew my license? I received a notification in the mail from W5YI-VEC informing me that I could renew my license ...
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Does an amateur radio licence work worldwide? [closed]

Lets say that I get my amateur radio license in country A and then some time later I move to country B. Will I need to get a new license on country B or does the license obtained in country A works ...
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Can I operate in the United Kingdom with a US license?

Can my license from the United States be used to operate while I'm in the United Kingdom?
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What is the highest US amateur license I can get in one sitting?

If I start with no current license, can I take all the exams in one sitting to get to Amateur Extra?
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Why does ARRL license examination procedure preclude students from discovering what questions they got wrong on licensing tests

I got my Extra-class ticket some time ago. I was able to discover what my score was (the number of questions I got wrong). However, my examiner was not able to tell me specifically which questions I ...
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Is a Technician license enough to assist in times of emergency?

Is a Technician license enough to assist in times of disaster/emergency or do I need General or higher?
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Full UK license visiting US: Can I use frequencies in US but not UK license?

E.g.: 7.2-7.3MHz are Region 2 but not Region 1. My license is "from" Region 1. 1.25 meter band is not available in the UK Operating from aircraft is not permitted in the UK. Would it be if I visited ...
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Do volunteer exam coordinators provide accommodations for applicants with visual impairments?

I am a prospective HAM, and I recently began reading the ARRL's third edition of their Ham License Manual, published in 2014. Anyhow, under WHO CAN BE A HAM ...
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What is the purpose of the German CW exam if it is not required to use CW?

To receive the amateur radio license Klasse A (HAREC) in Germany it is since 2005 not required anymore to pass a CW exam, due to a corresponding change in the Radio Regulations. However, the exam is ...
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What is the difference between FCC station and operator licenses?

I an studying for my technician class examination, and I came across this question: What may result when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the grantee failed to ...
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What privileges do I gain with each addition step of the license (in the UK?)

The UK has 3 licensing levels, foundation, intermediate and advanced. Aside from the allowed power output going up each time (10W, 100W, 400W) are there any other privileges one would gain?
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What is the permissible frequency error for US amateur radio transmissions?

What are my requirements as a licensed Amateur Radio operator in the US to keep to a single frequency? How much drift can I have during transmission and still be within my license? Does it depend on ...
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Am I studying obsolete information?

I am using the ARRL General Class License Manual 7th Ed. which was published April 25, 2011. However, I know that the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) recently released ...
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Can I transmit anything inside a faraday cage?

Can I perform any transmission regardless of my license as long as I'm inside an RF sealed enclosure, such that no RF will be detectable from my transmissions off my property? I imagine the answer is ...
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Ham Technician Exam Material

I would like to prepare for the Technician exam. I think I read somewhere that the ham Technician exam has material that is revised every 4 years. And that the new set of questions will be coming ...
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When will my new license appear in the FCC database?

I tested and passed my Technician's test on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Approximately how long will my license take to appear in the FCC database?
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What is the procedure to obtain an amateur radio licence in Australia?

What and how would I go about obtaining a licence for HAM radio in Australia? Do the licencing regulations vary significantly from state to state?
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What changes are being made to the Technician question pool in 2018?

On 2018 July 1, the FCC's question pool for the Technician class license will be changing. Has anyone written up a summary of the updates or made a list of differences from the previous pool? What ...
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Moving from Australia to the US, Amateur radio license transfer?

Moving from Australia to the US, is there a way to transfer my license in any way, or do I need to sit the exams in full? I'm wondering if there is any concept of "credit" towards licensing, so I ...
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Is Morse code a requirement for ham licensing?

As I recall, it used to be in the U.S. that the ability to read and send Morse code over CW was a requirement for an amateur license (and was tested, I believe). Is that still true in the U.S.? If ...
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Amateur Radio License: USA or Canada, does it matter?

I'm hoping to take the exam in the fall. My question is, does it matter whether I do so in the US or Canada? I would like to operate the radio at my school in Canada, but I do get the chance to come ...
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Is using /AE compulsory?

I'm taking the exam to upgrade my licence to Extra soon, but I'm concerned the ULS might not update in time for Field Day, when I'm supposed to be supervising (and using my call-sign for) my club's ...
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"Coaxial capacitors in line” in E4E04?

I've been studying the U.S. license examination question pools. For the most part, it is reasonably obvious what the questions and answers mean even when I am not yet able to come up with the answers ...
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Are old USA amateur radio licenses in the public FCC database?

My old man worked in avionics for 30+ years and taught me nearly everything I know about radios, like how a superheterodyne receiver works, how the ionosphere refracts signals, etc. He grew up only a ...
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Is any licensing require to receive in the amateur radio bands?

I'm considering hosting a foxhunt for a local youth group (scouts, in this case), and one of the questions asked was whether those searching for the hidden transmitter need have a license of any sort. ...
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License upgrade doesn't extend term of license?

I just upgraded my license to Extra about a week and a half ago, so perhaps I'm supposed to know this. The FCC database shows my upgrade to Extra, but the expiration date and callsign haven't changed....
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How to renew an expired US license as an expat?

I've been living as an expat for a decade, and my extra class license expired a little more than a year ago. I'm currently in Taiwan. Is it possible to renew my license while staying here? Can I do ...
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Does a person still need a ham radio license?

Way back when, if my recollection is correct, the requirement for using ham radio was to have a license and the required skill was some level of Morse code proficiency. I have heard that Morse code ...
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Using more than 400W in the UK

With a full amateur license in the UK, up to 400W can be used - however, there are cases that might call for higher power, such as bouncing signals off the moon. Is there any way I can obtain ...
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Would I still be a valid volunteer examiner?

I'm currently an ARRL member, and a volunteer examiner under the ARRL/VEC. I find myself needing to cut back on expenses this year and may end up dropping the ARRL membership. If I do so, am I still ...
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License upgrade - retake required?

It's been more than a year since I passed my Technician and General exams and obtained my license. If I were now to go for my Extra class license, would it simply be a matter of taking and passing the ...
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Do you need a radio licence to use ZigBee/Xbee?

I want to make a application with my Raspberry Pi along with a XBee module. I am going to use it in public places and in my own home. The question is, do I need a radio licence (UK) to use the XBee ...
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Can I use a amateur license to experiment with radar?

If I get a German Amateurfunklizenz, will I be allowed to experiment with non-communication radio technologies like radar? Obviously, I'd still adhere to using allocated ham bands, stay within power ...
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Where to apply for an amateur LTE radio license in the USA?

Where do you apply for a license to operate on the LTE radio spectrum for amateur radio in the USA? Can this amateur license be used to operate a cell phone independent of a carrier?
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Is HAM the only non-criminal/civil broadcasting a person can do that doesn't own a shortwave radio station?

I do not understand. Is ham radio the only legal way to broadcast on shortwave radio? I mean for a "regular" person, not a million dollar radio station. I saw lots of shortwave broadcasting ...
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How do I legally use a Baofeng UV-5R radio for communication?

I'm new to radios. Only ever used them for squad communication in airsoft. I have two Baofeng UV-5R handhelds and would like to use them this week to communicate on a family camping trip with no cell ...
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What are the requirements of the address given for a US licence?

I'm going to be visiting the US soon (I live in the UK), and since I've heard it's very easy to get a US amateur radio licence and it's something that could be beneficial, I thought, why not? I see ...
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Relicensing after a decade, can I reacquire my old call sign?

The background, I got a US Tech+ license back in the 1990's when I was in middle school. At the time I did it for the novelty of getting licensed in something and not a bit to imitate my brother. ...
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Straight to General license, skipping Technician?

I would like to get involved in ham radio and I'm inclined to study for and take the General exam right away, rather than going for Technician and then upgrading. Are there good reasons not to do this?...
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Does a Canadian amateur radio operator’s certificate expire?

I obtained my Canadian Basic with Honours certificate in the late 90's and haven't done much with it since. Was looking to get back into the hobby. Has my certificate expired? Do I need to take the ...
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Can I use a Hawaiian call sign on the mainland?

A ham is initially licensed in Hawaii as KH6ABC (example only). If he subsequently moves to the mainland, can he keep his geographically restricted "KH" call sign or must it be changed?
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Which countries require you to change your call sign if you change your residence?

I live in Austria (OE). There we have to change our call sign if we move beyond one of the 9 Austrian federal state's border. For example I lived near Innsbruck (Tyrol) with the sign OE7TKT. I moved ...
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Is a US Extra class exam from the '90s valid to upgrade from Advanced class today?

If one passed the Extra written test in the late '90s at an ARRL test center but did not get the 20wpm endorsement, yet is an Advanced operator, would they now be upgraded to Extra class or do they ...
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Experiences on a 70 cm band shared with radiolocation service

I currently live in Brazil and our governmental regulatory agency (www.anatel.gov.br) has recently started a public consultation process regarding the allocation, in secondary nature, of part of the ...