Since its v1.1.0 release on 2019-10-13 there’ve been enough updates that are worth reviewing if you haven’t already:
Nice video about setting one up.
Learned that it is pretty easy. Just need the transceiver, sdr, and laptop.
Check out this trip camping at a bunch of scenic locations.
The Baofeng handhelds are great but the antennas are not useful.
I bought this one and it works great picking up both the 2M and 70cm repeaters around town. The stock antenna couldn’t pick up either of them!
HamTestOnline (HTO) helps you learn more than required to earn your licenses in less time than every other method. HTO does it by maximizing your learning. That unique feature defines its super-power differentiating itself from every other approach.
- Read this and this for an overview with relevant links
- Read this to try to come up with a call-sign that sticks to the rules (coffee may be required)
- Search for the call sign you want. If you find it already taken you can search for variations you might like. When you submit your application you can submit up to twenty-five new call-signs in order of priority for the administrators to use if your first choice is not available.
- As of 2017-02-12 the application is free (a fee of zero dollars)
- Go back here to walk through the electronic process of applying and wait for your application to start being processed
- Check here to see how the application is proceeding
- Check here for call-signs that are predicted to be approved
- Find your new call-sign in the license search
- Wait for your official paperwork confirming your new call sign
- Enjoy your new vanity call-sign
The material follows a “flow of consciousness” writing style that is informal and wordy instead of concise and to the point, at times making the reading tedious. The order of topics covered mirrors the order of topics in the exam itself, instead of following the logical order, at times leaving the reader confused and frustrated. Because my “non-techie” friends don’t have the background they are probably unwilling to deal with it. My “techie” friends might be willing to put up with it but I wasn’t. So for both of them I would cautiously recommend it with the caveat that they need to be open to reading the book more than a few times, put up with its deficits and willing to take the exam as many times as required to pass. Another way to think about it is that you are getting a great deal if your time has no value.