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24 June 2023 at 13:00 #1550PaulM0PHBParticipant
My name is Paul M0PHB. I studied with EssexHam’s online tutorial for my Foundation Licence and as a result of their excellent course I passed the exam in May 2022. I spent a lot of time online looking at various YouTube videos etc and this year decided to attempt the Intermediate after studying with GM6DX ‘Gettin tae grips with the UK Intermediate Exam’ again a great resource for the necessary info. I took the exam in February 2023 and passed. The bug was well and truly implanted and I wanted to get my full licence, so I found an android app (UK Amateur Radio) which had lots of exam example questions to back up all three licence handbooks. I applied for my full exam and spent a week revising from any resource I could find, then sitting the exam in April 2023. I passed and and extremely chuffed I went from nil to Full in 11 months. I have to say it is down to EssexHam’s initial training that helped.
24 June 2023 at 21:29 #1556M0PWXParticipant
you took a similar path to me, i did the Essex ham course in September 2020, passed in October, intermediate with the GM6DX course and passed in November, then i used the Cornish Radio Amateur Club YouTube videos and the RSGB exam handbook and exam secrets books and passed full the last few days of February 2021
i can’t praise Pete M0PSX’s Essex Ham course enough
Billy GM6DX’s intermediate course is great as well
how did you find the full exam, as it is heavy on electronic theory, i was lucky as i have a background in electronic repair
25 June 2023 at 13:51 #1559PaulM0PHBParticipant
I didn’t find the electronic theory too much of an issue, as I had started building kits from an early age and was comfortable with transistors, Ohms Law etc. I did find the antenna theory mystifying, and still do! I wish I was capable of understanding a lot more, but now in my early 70s I find understanding and then retaining info a lot harder. I would say the Full exam is taxing. I think it has to be. If you think of the privileges having a full license gives you, having responsibility and understanding what you can and cant do is imperative, and I think the Full exam covers those points.
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25 June 2023 at 14:06 #1561M0PWXParticipant
yep, antenna theory where you put what seems to be a short circuit across a feeder but as it’s resonant its not a short circuit ???
the bit i find a black art is propagation
it fascinates me the difference in bands and range you can achieve at not only different times of day, but as the seasons change
the biggest mystery is grey line propagation, you can get silly places when either end of the path is an hour either side of sunset
there was an article about greyline propagation in RadCom this month
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