Ham Radio. Awesome.
I been very interested in ham radio for a while now. Most of my interests came from just chatting with other radio heads that did the radio refits on a lot of WWII warships, then finding out that my grandfather was the radioman 1 on a US destroyer in WWII really all ties it together.
Now though with all the hoopla, I figured would be an even greater time to study up, and get the Amateur Extra license. I don't just want the technicians or the General, I want full range. I don't know much about Ham, where to and how to get your license and all that it will take but shoot, if there are others out there just as enthusiastic, then I hope that this will turn into some sort of amateur radio club.
So I am going to share this. I been watching videos off of youtube of W4EEY https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI3DKjqB4OLY2UXm2KqDpwQ
Which started videos October of last year. I JUST started watching so I haven't got that far yet in watching. In his first introduction video, where he introduces the class as well, he mentions that there are places in the USA which you can test remotely. https://nescitech.org/exam/https://kl7aa.org/vec/remote-testing/https://glaarg.org/remote-sessions-examinees/
In order to take the test remotely however, you would need a bit of tech knowhow to set up multiple cameras and a phone so that they can see your workspace and you as you test. If you can't get to a place to get a test in person, then this is an option.
Another option is to use here: http://www.arrl.org/find-a-club
If you are an American to find a local club and test site. There is one near me that meets up every last Thursday of the month and is doing testing.
The great thing about the tests, is that you pay once, and right then and there will be told if you passed or failed. If you passed, you can then take the next license and don't have to pay again. So if you have the time and the smarts can only pay a small fee and get your extra license the same day.
I also bought this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162595087X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
For you Americans, I would advise getting a few books as well then we can study together.
And if you are already Ham Licensed, Share your handles! Because you will also be a great influence in helping others here study and we can contact you when we too get official license.