Have had the great opportunity to encourage from a distance a friend who today took and passed his Technician, General and Extra Class exams.
Yes, from off the street he is a newly minted ham – from student to Extra Class in one test session!
Paul Coats is well known for his Saxophone and Saxophone Mouthpiece work, and has been a long time correspondent. Though we only have the chance to get together on rare occasions we’ve worked on projects together, usually with Paul bailing me out when I have made a mess of a musical score.
He also has written for Affordable Audio and has a Radio Controlled Airplane background.
Paul has long had an interest in SWL (Short Wave Listening) which notched up a step when I was able to put him in touch with a friend who wanted to sell an extra IC-75 Receiver.
That interest, and finding so much activity on the bands started Paul’s interest in becoming a licensed Radio Amateur. Once he found out how many uses it could have, specially as he lives on the Louisiana Coast, the “bug had bitten” and but hard!
Paul already has his antenna (a fan dipole) built & up, and I’ve lent him a FT-897 based station to get started.
During his spare time over the last month he has been using the ARRL books, on-line study guides and doing on-line practice tests. As he started achieving 90-95% steady results he would move on to the next class to start preparing for that exam element.
He quickly realize he wouldn’t be happy without HF privileges, so the goal moved to General or Extra.
He’s sat the exams at a regional Hamfest, passing each element in turn.
My role was minor – encouragement, providing links (Google would do that) and helping with questions.
Several of his local club’s members knew Paul, taking a more direct role in helping get his station ready and working through questions with Paul.
Congratulations and Welcome to the Hobby Paul Coats, Extra Class Callsign T.B.D.!!
Hopefully the FCC will have your new callsign published very soon!