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How to become a ham

Postby radioham » Mon Nov 24, 2003 10:28 pm

The first step is to get an amateur radio license from the ministry of communications. For the same, you have to write and pass an exam, and depending upon the category of license you are applying for, you may also need to learn the morse code.

The catogories are,
i) Advanced Amateur Wireless telegraph Station Licence;

You need to know a lot of advanced electronics theory, plus be able to send and receive morse at 15 words per minute.

(ii) Amateur Wireless Telegraph Station Licence, Grade - I;

Advance electronics theory - and morse at the speed of 15 words per minute.

(ii) Amateur Wireless Telegraph Station Licence, Grade - II;

A brief theory exam, plus morse at a speed of 5 words per minute.

(iii) Restited Grade Amateur Wireless Telegraph Station Licence

Only the theory exam and no morse. This restricted licence allows you to use VHF/UHF equipment, that is limited in range to line of sight type of distances, similar to the ones used by police and other services.

(iv) Short Wave Listeners' Amateur Wireless Telegraph Station Licence

No exams, no morse! You can only listen - you can't talk back, not very exciting really.

Who can apply?
Only individuals over the age of 18 may apply to become a ham. But even if you are not 18 yet, do not despair. If you are over 12 and can get your parents or guardians to write that you are interested in wireless telegraphy, you can still get a ham radio licence.

Application forms and detailed syllabus are available here
For studying morse code, you may find some good softwares from here
ABC of Amateur radio by Rajesh Verma (EFY Publications), is a good book for written examination
Please read Amateur Radio on this site for more details

If you have more doubts, Please post here

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Postby devendra_l » Tue Nov 25, 2003 11:46 pm

Hi,
Well I have been told that the theory exam is exempted those are from electronics branch in engg.

Can you tell the details about which ppl are exempted from giving the exam.

Devendra.
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Postby radioham » Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:21 pm

The first section of theory exam exmepted, a candidate must write the Rules and Regulations.
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Local Clubs

Postby anshul » Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:28 pm

I just read up the Amateur radio section and it says the best way to get in is to join a local club... So, how do I find out if there is a local club in Kolkata or Nagpur? And most importantly a contact person or an email - website - something. I tried googling and most of the info out there is too outdated! Or should I go for it solo?
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Postby vu3cns » Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:15 pm

Hi,
if you can't find any club in your local area, please send your application form to the Wireless monitoring stations the address is here
http://www.hamradio.in/amateur_radio#address

They will call you for the exam, if you passed you will get the licence, after some verification process.

Download the application forms from this site.

:D :D
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Postby vu3vwr » Thu May 05, 2005 9:35 pm

HI

whats the basic cost for a ham set......
and another thing....
if a person fails a exam will he be allowed to redo it????
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Postby vu3cns » Sun May 08, 2005 1:42 pm

Hi,
If you make you own set, then it may be less than Rs 1000/-, or if you go for a commercial one it wil be more than Rs 5000/-
There is no restriction for re-appearing, please download THE INDIAN WIRELESS TELEGRAPHS RULES

:)
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Postby vu3vwr » Thu May 12, 2005 11:34 am

hi thnks for the reply

the cost..... is it 1000 for Homebrew VHF or for someother band coz im apperaing for the restricted grade since im in !2th grade..............


73

Ragav
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Postby vu3wij » Sat May 14, 2005 2:10 pm

Yes. it is the(Rs 1000) approximate cost of a VHF or HF homebrewed sets.
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communication using HF?

Postby knight17 » Sun May 28, 2006 12:36 am

I wish to know about the price of an HF equipment and Is
it really possible to contact other hams anywhere in the world using an HF
equipment?
Can anyone explain about the test I have to take for getting
license to operate HF.
Is morse code exam really tough ?

Thanks and Regards
Knight17
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Postby vu3vwr » Sun May 28, 2006 10:42 am

hi

you can contact hams abroad if they are on the same frequency at the time of transmisiion and if the wx permits....you can expect propogation to be good when there are no solar stroms ...contact can be done during night time as the ionosphere allows the radio waves to go DX....

just in case you were wondering what lisence to take go for a grade 2 liscence..work 100 CW contacts and get a permission to talk...

Morse is not tough provided you learn it properly....

regards
Ragav
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Re: communication using HF?

Postby vu2phv » Mon May 29, 2006 10:10 pm

knight17 wrote:I wish to know about the price of an HF equipment and Is
it really possible to contact other hams anywhere in the world using an HF
equipment?
Can anyone explain about the test I have to take for getting
license to operate HF.
Is morse code exam really tough ?

Thanks and Regards
Knight17


Welcome to the world of Amateur Radio.

Since you are from Aleppy your nearest active radio club is Kollam (Quilon)
Now the Quilon Amateur Radio League is conducting currespondence course also. For more details contact the secretary.
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Re: How to become a ham

Postby saurabh » Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:12 pm

radioham wrote:We received many enquiries likes given below,

can i take the ham radio connection?
what procedure i must doing for it?
i am from gujrat state and the district is mehsana.

please give me response as soon as possible


lerning the morse code can be done through software but how to learn sending it ,for that we need a transmitter ?? is it necessary to learn transmitting before giving exams
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Re: How to become a ham

Postby vu3cns » Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:47 am

saurabh wrote:lerning the morse code can be done through software but how to learn sending it ,for that we need a transmitter ?? is it necessary to learn transmitting before giving exams

"Sending" does not mean transmitting...Its only mean you can send a word /sentence using Morse key. You can train sending morse code by using a Morse key connected to a Audio tone oscillator. HERE is a simple circuit.
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Club at KOLKATA

Postby soumen nath » Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:24 pm

I want to be a Licenciate Ham operator. I Want to know if there be any club at KOLKATA,WEST BENGAL who can help me in this regard.
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