Today is an exciting day day for me! After getting off my bottom and finally sitting the ‘full call’ advanced exam, I passed with 84%. For those out there who are looking to sit this exam, the Amateur Radio Victoria practice exams are really good. They can be found here: ARV Advanced Practice Exams
Although I didn’t really formally study as such (I sat the practice exams and did about 2 hours of revision / cramming), I have spent the last year or so reading pretty much continuously about radio as I am pretty much addicted!
I got a few silly questions wrong, mainly resistor color codes! I can’t believe I stuffed that up, but to be honest even the assessor thought it was unexpected that it would be on the advanced exam. The fact is, I’m a little intellectually lazy, and just refer to the color chart or my fluke DMM when working with resistors!
There were a few ‘give away’ questions, like what length a specific band dipole would be, so it is good to make sure you know that stuff off by heart before you sit the exam. The truth is though, any keen amateur who plays with antennas a bit should find those kinds of questions to be bonus marks!
The ‘hard’ questions on my exam tended to be about linear amplifiers. When they are needed, what the different classes are etc. As I am really interested in linears, I found this a breeze!
So there we go, I’ve applied for my full call, and hopefully will have the call sign VK3AGA shortly. It will be nice having a call that matches my Cambodian one, XU7AGA!