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Old 06-19-2002, 03:43 PM   #1
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Question Ham Radio Course - who's interested

The rally club may be organizing a 2 day intensive course and exam dedicated to the Basic Ham Radio license.

Most courses are 2 hours per week over a lot of weeks. This would be a special one-off event done in one weekend.

The license lasts a lifetime, you will not have to do refreshers. Those of you who go off into adventurous places may wish to take advantage of this opportunity.

Reply here if you are interested in principle. Please think about it before jumping in (and then out). Details of times, place, cost etc are still to be decided. However, WCRA are organizing this through their ham contacts and it will be great value.

If you want to know more about ham radio, there's a web site www.rac.ca
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Old 06-19-2002, 04:02 PM   #2
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Thumbs up Me! Me! Me! (jumping up and down)

I've been wanting to get my license for years, but I never seem to get around to it. This would be a great opportunity to finally do something about it. For those of you that may be interested, they dropped the Morse Code requirement for the basic license, so it's mostly learning about electronics and regulations.

...Ken

P.S. Just what I need, another potentially expensive hobby!
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Old 06-19-2002, 04:23 PM   #3
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Does the license work as an FCC (i.e., in the United States) as well?
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Old 06-19-2002, 04:27 PM   #4
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Canada and the United States have signed a Reciprocal Operating Agreement. In the terms of the agreement, amateurs may operate in the host country in accordance with the rules and regulations of the host country.

There is no need for paperwork or other formalities when exchanging visits between Canada and the United States.

Under the terms of the agreement, the visitor should give his or her call sign and location, e.g. VE3FRS/W9 or N9CFX/VE3. However, it is unlikely that anyone would complain if the form VE3/N9CFX were used.

The above extracts taken from
http://www.rac.ca/rcip.htm
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Old 06-19-2002, 04:38 PM   #5
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Hey Petrie,

Count me in, especially if it's the intensive one or two day format courses!

I've already passed on a few opportunities to do the course for FREE, but it meant driving to Delta twice a week during rush hour for 5 or 6 weeks (yikes).

Q: Anyone know what the requirement in words per minute is for Morse? I heard it was reduced, but still required.

I also heard the club at UBC offers courses at reasonable prices.

Thanks for proposing this!

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Old 06-19-2002, 04:47 PM   #6
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Bill, contact Ken for a heads up on the details so far. You may already be on the list he prepared about members that will probably be interested.

I don't want to post 1/2 details just now but expect the terms to be very beneficial.
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Old 06-19-2002, 04:56 PM   #7
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I'm in! Pending possible schedule conflicts...
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Old 06-19-2002, 04:58 PM   #8
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Ash, I'm going to sit next to you so that I can cheat on the hard electronics questions
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Old 06-19-2002, 05:11 PM   #9
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hey peter, i am interested in the course! being that i am a wcra member and may need it when we need volunteers and can sit in the back seat while you drive car 0!

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Old 06-19-2002, 05:30 PM   #10
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Ken already has a list of 9 WCRA members that are likely candidates. I suspect that you guys (Brian & Bill) are already on that list. Nice to know though.

I think we only need 12 to make it happen.
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http://strategis.gc.ca/SSG/sf05378e.html

get this, it is an awesome study aid

I tried it with no prior studying and got 65%, mostly based on my electronics knowledge. I did better on the advanced exam than the basic exam the first time around too.
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Old 06-19-2002, 05:49 PM   #12
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i took the course like 2 months ago with some people from the irc, they really throw alot at you in the 2 days, but still it all sinks in. you guys might laugh at my call sign VA7STI i guess im a diehard subaru fan.
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Old 06-20-2002, 10:47 AM   #13
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I would highly recommend taking this opportunity. There aren't many 2-day ham radio courses left these days as many of the old-timer ham operators are against having these crash courses. They would rather see new operators take courses that span several weeks.

VE7TRD and VA7TRD

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Old 06-25-2002, 05:56 PM   #14
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Ok guys. Just got off the phone with Ken from the rally club.

Burnaby ham radio club are going to provide this.

Tentative dates are Sat/Sun, Aug 24/25. It will be in Burnaby (they just need to book and confirm the venue).

Classes each day will be 8 to 10 hours long
Sunday will include the 1.5 hour exam.

Cost is $60 inclusive.

This includes $40 for the study guide, renting the facility, snacks, exam etc. which pretty much makes this a free course.

Owen & I are in. Ken Lee (KKL) is in. Anyone else who wants in needs to send me their email so that the details can be sent out to you. Deadline for registration will be this Friday. After that, no promises so think about it now.

The guy giving the course is very experienced. Runs the radio net for BC Hydro. Is the government designated examiner. Has loads of experience.

Remember this license lasts for life and can be used south of the border.
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Old 06-26-2002, 12:03 AM   #15
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I just checked the callsign lists, it looks like both VA7WRX and VE7WRX are available.
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Old 06-26-2002, 12:07 AM   #16
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and Ken is revealing his true colours by going for a callsign that belongs to the opposition
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Old 06-26-2002, 12:31 AM   #17
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Quote:
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The guy giving the course is very experienced. Runs the radio net for BC Hydro. Is the government designated examiner. Has loads of experience.

Remember this license lasts for life and can be used south of the border.
Bob Kungl, VE7KW is his name. He's a good guy and really knows his stuff.

The course normally is held over many many weeks at one evening per week. A two-day crash course is well worth it if you're a busy person.

The license should permit you to operate in most countries around the world. Amateur radio is a handy tool if you travel alot.
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You can lookup callsigns here: http://www.rac.ca/callbook/
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