Not worthy to be an Extra?
september 29, 2014 by dan kb6nu 2 comments
I received an e-mail yesterday from someone who recently purchased my General Class and Extra Class study guides and has begun working toward getting his Extra Class ticket. He writes:
Current status: Just now starting to understand what Ham radio is all about…
I’ve made a lot of progress and have been passing the General and Extra sample tests on a regular basis, but all the while there’s been this growing feeling of uneasiness. It would be insincere and morally fraudulent to now pretend I’ve earned anything close to the Extra level of licensure.
I wouldn’t worry about this in the least. Seriously.
The Extra Class license used to be an “honorary” license. By that I mean that it conferred no extra privileges on a ham, but rather was just a recognition of the knowledge that someone had gained. If that were still the case, then I might agree with you somewhat. Since the FCC decided to make the Extra Class license a requirement to get all amateur privileges, that’s no longer a consideration—in my book, anyway.
What’s most important is not the class of license that you hold, but your approach to ham radio. Just keep an inquisitive mind, keep learning new things, and you’ll continually earn the right to be called an Extra Class licensee every day.
I’d love to hear what you all think.
Another exceptional amateur radio licensing essay from Dan (KB6NU). His answer to this operator’s question about the Extra Class Amateur Radio License is quite instructive. I agree with Dan when he adds, “what’s most important is not the class of license that you hold, but your approach to ham radio. Just keep an open mind, keep learning new things, and you’ll continually earn the right to be called an Extra Class licensee every day.” Sound, sage advice. After all, an amateur radio license is just the beginning of your journey to understand our electromagnetic universe–a process that continues until we assume ambient air temperature someday in the future. An Amateur Radio license is but a portal to new world of science, technology, and a better understanding of our fellow humans. What one lacks now will be made up with experience and advice from seasoned “elmers” (mentors). Be patient with yourself and let your mind absorb an entirely different new world. The Chinese said it best: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. You’ve taken that first step, now increase your stride with lifelong education.
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