Sunday, November 18, 2007

The next step

While the "bug" is running in me, I had a go at the online advanced exam yesterday, on the radioelectronicsschool website. guess what? I passed that too. I may bone up a bit, and knock that one over while I am feeling adventurous.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

I Passed

Well, I passed the regulations exam, now just to wait for the WIA/ACMA to get their gear together and issue the new callsign.
All candidates who sat the regs exam passed incidentally.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Regs and more regs

The last two weeks have been taken with regulations, interference, band usage, power levels, license privileges, Q codes, permissible transmissions, distress calls etc.
Most of the work has been done with the aid of the CD2 from Radio electronic school set.
I am consistently scoring better than 80%, which is a pass. Just do a couple of test exams each night and I should be right. Next Friday night is the regulations exam, that is all that is required for the upgrade now.

Friday, October 26, 2007


I passed the theory exam. Yeah quite pleased with myself! And not one math question. I think I got an easy paper, compared to some of the other questions that fellow candidates were stressing about. Everyone gets a random selection of 50 questions from the pool of available questions. The chance of getting exactly the same questions as another on the night are pretty slim. So I didn't get 100%, but I was pretty close, and as anything over 70% is a pass, I don't think the exact number matters.

So 16th November is the regulations exam, we have 2 weeks to learn them, and then an exam consisting of 30 questions. I am not sure of the pass mark for the regs. I will find out soon I suppose.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

At the last minute..

Spent a fruitful hour at the clubrooms today asking last minute questions before the theory exam tomorrow night. Just making sure that my math was in line with the books.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Almost there

just a quick entry this week.
Last week of theory, 50 question exam next week.

We covered measurement, EMC (Electromagnetic compliance), answered general questions

Saturday, October 13, 2007

8 of 12

Week 8 has been and gone, with receivers the topic of discussion tonight. Simple crystal set, single stage RF amplifier, audio amplifier etc... Single conversion, double conversion, direct conversion, SSB, CW, FM. How the IF frequency is obtained, why we use it, combinations of local oscillator and received frequency mixing. AGC and de-emphasis in an FM receiver. We finally have the theory test this Friday. This is where it all has to come together. Then regulations and safety.