Originally Posted by daneg
Do they teach you everything you need to know? I know nothing of the stuff already. So I hope I am able to do everything and pass correctly.
The class is in about 20 days.
I'm sure they will teach you at least everything you need to know to pass the exam but unfortunately the exam doesn't cover a lot of basic principles and stumbling blocks you may encounter if you come without any prior radio experience.
For example, many people who pass the exam nowadays don't have the foggiest idea why their low power portable radio that's being used inside a car with a rubber duckie antenna 50 miles away from the repeater is not able to put a usable signal into the repeater.
They also may not understand that enabling roger beeps on their Baofeng is not necessary.
And even though it is specifically asked on the exam, many of them don't seem to grasp the concept of unidentified transmissions and why kerchunking a repeater "just to see if I can get into it
" is against the rules.
I'd recommend getting up with a club or "elmer" afterwards, to learn the ropes.
You'll probably be getting invitations in the mail to join some local clubs.