Despite my joking around that I wanted to be the last living Advanced Class licensee in the U.S., I finally broke down and took the Amateur Extra Class license exam today. I passed, missing only three questions.

I used HamTestOnline to study for the test, taking the test over and over until I was confident I would pass. As far as I can see, taking the actual test was a lot easier than taking the online tests. Of course, at the end I was having HamTestOnline choose all the questions I was having the most trouble with, so that would make the online tests a lot harder.

One thing that kind of surprised me is that even though I must have taken the online test 30 or more times, there were still some questions on my test that I had not seen online. I guess even if you choose random questions, you have to take an awful lot of practice tests to see all 840 pool questions at least once.

So, you may ask, who was my first contact? PY6AN on 7.016. :)


  1. Dan,

    Congratulations! Now you don’t have to worry about remembering those class limited frequency allocations anymore!

    73 de Larry W2LJ

  2. Congratulations! I also used HamTestOnline – I like their method of tracking which questions you get right and wrong and then focusing in on the weak areas.

  3. Dan,
    Congratulations on the upgrade!

    Bob K0NR

  4. Dan KB6NU says:

    Thanks, guys. I appreciate your kind words……73, Dan

  5. FB on the upgrade! I will probably be attempting to upgrade from General class in the next 2-3 years, myself. :)

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