On an Australian trip, I built a 1/4 wave with a ground plane out of #8 stranded wire so I could fold it into my suitcase with the radio. With a tip string, far easier to put up than a dipole. VK3ZZZ temp, I think I was using.
When I did mine, a lot of people who’d just done it said that the mock exams available on the RSGB’s website were a lot easier than the exam itself, whereas EssexHam’s mock exams were similar to the real thing. I did think that the lever of difficulty was matched quite well by the EssexHam ones, but the wording was fairly different, so maybe it would have been good to do some of the RSGB ones just to get used to that...I couldn't find the app ed, could you link it?
Just started Module 1 online with essexham, things starting to make more sense.
I'm not sure you need more than just an ordinary small calculator, to be honest, but can't quite remember. Just make sure you're comfortable using whatever you'll have in the exam when the time comes.having a look at the RSGB mocks, thanks
Just got module 2 and a lot more to remember. I guess the unprogrammable scientific calculator is only needed in a "sit in" exam and i can use the sci calc on my phone?
I don't think you'll be permitted any (potentially) internet connected device other than the machine you're using for your exam.I guess the unprogrammable scientific calculator is only needed in a "sit in" exam and i can use the sci calc on my phone?
yeah, no mobile phones, tablets etc allowed and your laptop is locked while doing the exam so you can't use the calculator on that either.I don't think you'll be permitted any (potentially) internet connected device other than the machine you're using for your exam.
Edit - FWIW I'm a maths klutz but handled Foundation, almost literally, on a fag packet.
Congratulations!I did my Foundation this year and passed, MM7PWO, using the lessons created and available free from an operator with the Stirling club;
He also offers Intermediate and full. I also had the book and used the app UKAmatuerRadio.... for test questions.
I have a Baofeng but where I am there is little 4m/2m traffic. I did a fair bit of research and talked to an experienced operator and invested, heavily, in a secondhand Elecraft KX3, had to sell a lot of kit for that one! With the range of 160m - 6m bands it's great and I've been doing a little SOTA and just operating it mobile during nights away with work. Low power working is challenging though. I don't think I'll be able to get a good fixed antenna at home, my wife isn't keen, so it's another excuse to get out for the day.
Maybe we should set up a sked to meet up?
That's Koch method. More or less. You learn to recognise the sound of letters and words rather than the sequence of .s & -s that make them up.one letter at time - repeated , one word at a time -repeated , one sentence at a time - repeated ) until you have successfully brain washed yourself.