BECOME AN AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR:
To become an Amateur Radio Operator,
have a license. To obtain
a license, you are required to sit an exam consisting of 10 questions
on rules and regulations and 50 questions on radio theory and
operation. These 60 multi-choice questions are taken from a bank of 600
questions, which can be downloaded at anytime, from the Examination
Information page of the NZART website. To obtain a pass you
must get 40
of the 60 questions correct.
To assist in your study, a Study Guide
can be downloaded from the NZART
website to help you prepare for the Amateur Radio Examination. The
Hamilton Amateur Radio Club (Branch 12 NZART) also has tutors
available, who run classes throughout the year. If you are interested,
please make contact with the Club
Secretary, who will be able to assist.
The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club is also able to provide an examination
centre and supervisors to run the exam. Exams are held 'by appointment
only', with the time and place arranged with our volunteer
supervisors. If you wish to find out more about sitting the
Amateur Radio Exam, please make contact with the Club Secretary,
will be able to assist.
Since June 2004, Morse has not been a requirement for the Amateur Radio
licence in New Zealand. However, some countries still require Morse as
part of the Amateur license, so if you wish to operate in those
countries, your license must be endorsed accordingly.
For those interested in learning Morse Code, a free program,
specifically for NZ learners, is available from the NZART website. To
run the Morse program, all you need is a computer with Windows 95, or
later, and a sound card.
The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club also has Morse tutors available, who
can prepare you for the Morse test, and when ready, take you for the
test. The Morse test can be at a speed of 5 or 12 wpm, (words
per minute) both send and receive, depending on what is required by the