I have been thinking about, reading and studying for my US amateur radio extra class license now since early 2008. If you are new to my blog and do not know me through my podcast or the various social media locations I hang out on, then you might not know that I originally got my license in August of 2007 and upgraded to general in January of 2008. For much the same reason it it best for a graduating high school senior to start his/her college studies the very next fall (after graduation) the same can be said for the amateur radio exam and study process. Once you are in the mode of studying and testing, it is much easier to just to keep moving along the process.
Of course I didn’t take my own advice and I have on more than one, two and perhaps more than three occasions picked up the ARRL Extra Class license manual and said today is the day I start (or start over again). Sadly, Yes…it has been “start over” since too much time had passed from the last time I seriously studied and read the material.
I recently heard about an amateur extra class starting up online. The class is hosted by the South Coast Amateur Radio Service (SOUTHCARS) and is taught by extra class operators and all done on-line using Echolink or IRLP. The time commitment is twice per week (Sunday and Tuesday evenings) and is scheduled to complete by middle of September.
I’m really not going to pressure myself or make commitments to anyone that this time will be different. I’m also not (at this moment) setting myself any hard and fast deadlines for when I would attempt an exam session after the middle of September. I’ve made these mistakes before and honestly, it’s been one of the reasons I’ve put the book back on the shelf.
All I can do is make an attempt to attend each of the twice weekly sessions and follow the guidance of the instructor(s). I think the one key difference I see in this plan is the training class only lasts a little over one month. It’s not something that is going to string out for half the year. Fingers crossed, my work schedule will comfortably allow this and I can get through the class and on the other side be better prepared (both knowledge wise and confidence) to take the exam. I won’t lie about this….my biggest fear is sitting for the extra class exam and failing. I know failing is not the end of the world, but just a hard thing for me to deal with.
Well….while I wasn’t going to post a blog post today, I did want to get this out there. Wish me luck.
Until next time,
73 de KD0BIK