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AMATEUR RADIO EXAMINATIONS
Examinations for new Amateur Radio licenses and for
upgrades of existing licenses are held in Pahrump six
times a year on the second Saturday of odd-numbered
months. For the exam schedule, see
http://ac7el.org/Pahrump-Exams. You will need a $15.00 test fee, and one
photo ID or two non-photo IDs.
HAM STUDY GROUP – TECHNICIAN CLASS LICENSE ONLY
Are you interested in becoming a Ham (Amateur Radio)
operator? If so, we offer a study class in the mornings
of the days when Amateur Radio exams are held in Pahrump
(See above for schedule). This study class is for the
Technician class license only. The location is 1510
Siri Lane, Pahrump. For directions to the class site,
see the web page
The study program requires you to obtain ahead of time a
copy of the Technician Class Question Pool, a group of
about 400 questions out of which 35 will appear on your
exam. The Pool can be found in license study books, and
it is available online for free. Make sure that the
Pool you study is labeled “2014 to 2018”.
To download the Pool for the Technician Class Ham
License for free, go to
and download the Element 2 Question Pool in Word or text
format. Also download the Figures (electrical diagrams)
that are part of the Pool. Now you have several
choices. You can print out the document (it is 76
pages), and go through it question by question
highlighting the correct answers. The questions shown
are all multiple choice, with answers being A, B, C, or
D. The correct answer for each question is shown in
parenthesis right after the Question number, like this:
[97.1]. Please do not memorize just the letter that
precedes the answer, as it probably will be a different
letter on the actual exam. To save paper, delete all the
wrong answers before printing. Or to not use any paper,
download the question pool to your mobile computing
device (laptop, Ipad, etc.), study from that device and
bring it to the class. In the class session we will have
AC power available to power your mobile device.
Study these questions for 30-60 minutes a day for 3-4
weeks and you should be able to pass the exam easily.
On exam day, a review will be held from 8:00 AM until
noon. We will review each question and its correct
answer. We also will explain other things which will
help you pass the exam.
If you wish to attend the study class, you must pre-register by contacting Dick Grady at the phone number or email address below. If nobody preregisters, there will not be a class that day.
Also see the
No-Nonsense Study Guide for the Technician license. This Guide explains Amateur Radio and gives
answers to the exam questions in a conversational
fashion. Shown in bold type are phrases in the answers
to the questions in the exam.
You can find practice exams at:
Try some practice exams for free at this website.
An exam session begins at 1:00 PM. Bring a sack lunch
for yourself as we will take a lunch break around noon.
The pass rate for this study program is more that 90%
If you are interested or need additional information,
contact Dick Grady AC7EL at (775)751-5242 or via email
Field Day – June 25-26, 2011
Nye County Training Facility
2871 E. Mesquite Road Pahrump, Nevada
What is Field Day? Field Day is a picnic, a
campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and,
most of all, FUN! ARRL Field Day is the single most popular
on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the
fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio
amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with
friends to operate from remote locations.
It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come
together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat
it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to
practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an
excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the
organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an
emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs,
ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual
The contest part is simply to contact as many other
stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear
in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as
marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as
walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at
fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned,
But despite the development of very complex, modern
communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so
complex — ham radio has been called into action again and
again to provide communications in crises when it really
matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well
known for our communications support in real disaster and
What is the ARRL? The American Radio Relay League
is the 150,000+ member national association for Amateur
Radio in the USA. ARRL is the primary source of information
about what is going on in ham radio. It provides books,
news, support and information for individuals and clubs,
special events, continuing education classes and other
benefits for its members.
Why is Amateur Radio Often called “ham radio,” the
Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that
time, it’s grown into a worldwide community of licensed
operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of
communications technology. Its people range in age from
youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a
rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are
just normal folks like you and me who enjoy learning and
being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the
air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending
on commercial systems.
The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining
place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an
individual can develop and experiment with wireless
communications. Hams not only can make and modify their
equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.
Why I become a Ham Operator
By Carol Bird,
Contrary to popular belief, not all
Ham Operators are “little old men” who sit in a shack
outside in their backyards, trying to talk to anonymous
voices in the dark. They are not
nine year old girls who are looking for extra
terrestrial life in outer space.
They are real, every day people who help and make a
difference. Here is a story where
being a Ham Operator made a difference.
Tuesday evening, around 9:00 pm,
Steve’s cell phone went off. I was
on the computer and thought, “this can’t be good”.
No one normally calls after 9:00 pm unless there
is a problem. Sure enough, it was a
Ham Operator relaying a message.
me explain. Part of being a Ham
Operator is to assist in message handling and
trafficking. Whether it’s a normal
every day situation or a crisis.
Operators are the go-betweens.
On this particular Tuesday evening,
a Ham Operator was relaying a message.
Greg Doyle, one of my husbands friends, was
His truck broke down.
was no eminent danger or even near an emergency
situation to declare. But he was
stuck. And in a very remote part of
Death Valley where
cell phones were absolutely useless.
But, Greg had his hand held 5 watt radio and could get a
clear line-of-sight signal to the
repeater, approximately 120 miles away.
When he got through to a fellow Ham, he asked
that a message be relayed to Steve to change over to the
Steve did right away and sure enough, Greg was
able to connect. His truck’s fuel
filter was clogged. They had plenty
of food and water, also shelter.
he was definitely not getting out of the valley unless
someone could bring him some tools to work on his
Immediately Steve copied down
instructions on how to get to Greg.
He went to work putting together the tools needed to
change the filter, along with his survival gear and other
items that might come in handy. Greg
had also requested that we make a couple of phone calls
to his family and friends. They
would need to make arrangements to fly his son home and
let others know of his situation. But
this is all part of being a Ham, making connections and
passing along those all important messages.
By the way, at this point in time
the news was calling for sixty percent chance of rain
for Wednesday. Flooding in the
desert is a very serious situation not to be taken
Wednesday morning, 5:00 am, Steve
was up and getting ready for the day.
His wife, (by the way, the author of this
article) was up to fixing breakfast and a lunch.
Steve always carries a bag of extra food and
water in his vehicle, but some additional provisions
were stocked. He started out for
Death Valley at 7:00 am, but he didn’t find
Greg until almost 1:30 pm. It was a
long and confusing drive to find someone out in the
middle of no where. At one point, he
was told by a local resident, that the road was
impassible. Having turned around a
couple of times, Steve decided to see for himself if the
road was as bad as stated. It turned
out that it was drivable and since his H1 HUMMER had
plenty of clearance, he made it over the flooded roadway
and connected with Greg about 2 hours later.
Once Greg’s vehicle was fixed, they headed for
home. Another 5 or 6 hours down the
I’m writing this article today not
just to let you know how “convenient” it was to be a Ham
operator. But to let you know how
supportive and helpful the Ham community is as a group.
No one turns you down.
Perhaps they can’t help right away, but they can find
someone who can or notify the authorities about your
Greg was one happy camper when he
knew that Steve was going to show up.
And very happy to be a Ham.
For more information on becoming a
Ham Operator, please visit the websites
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T. Gamble, 75, lost his battle to pancreatic cancer and
passed away peacefully at his home on February
6, 2010, in Pahrump.
He was born June
6, 1934, in Denver, Colorado and
was raised in the Denver area. He
moved to Seattle to
raise his own family and retired to Pahrump with Marilyn,
his wife of 46 years.
Richard served in the Air Force
(1953-1957) and the Colorado Air National Guard (1957-1967). He
retired from the Boeing Everett plant in 1998. He
was an active volunteer with several emergency amateur radio
clubs including Southern Nye County ARES and REACT.
He is survived by his children Cheril
Firsching and her husband Adolf of Monroe, WA., Denise
Armstrong of Denver, Colo.,
and Laura DeMinter of Monroe, WA., and Grandchildren Ivory,
Amanda, Christian, Kelsey, Angela and Lindsey, and his two
brothers Doug Campbell and Robert Campbell both of
Broomfield, Colo. He was preceded in death by his son Brett