+1 - I had my 2900 for ~6 months before I even started studying to take the test. Easy enough to lock the PTT button so you can't TX, and don't even bother plugging the mic in unless you're using the numeric pad to program freqs etc.It doesn't hurt to get a radio and start using it (non-TX). You can learn a lot just by understanding setting up offsets, tones, tuning antennas, etc.
IMHO,no. The higher grades give you access to HF, which is not currently used at most rallies. Almost all rallies are VHF with some UHF on the left coast. A tech ticket gives you almost all you need.So in in the world of rally, what would be the benefits of getting the higher grades of license?
I've been trying to convince certain events to have a few workers using NVIS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near_Vertical_Incidence_Skywave) setups. Even the thickest forest and steepest hills are no match for bouncing things off the ionosphere. Good stuff, but not press and speak like 2 meters.So in in the world of rally, what would be the benefits of getting the higher grades of license?
I thought it was kilo bravo one zee seth pee. Well, at least that's how I'll be able to remember it.... Congrats Seth!Congrats! And so you don't sound like a total newb don't forget that your call sign is verbalized thusly:
kay bee one zed ess pee