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* Information On How To Become A Licensed Amateur Radio Operator *

Back in the old days when radios were made of wood we all had to sit a written exam consisting of practical radio theory, regulation and a morse test. This requirement still exists however the morse test is no longer required. Gone also are the days when one had to be able to draw out basic circuits from memory. Today sitting the Amateur exam is much simpler. The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters has compiled a study guide and sample test papers. Once you have passed your Amateur Operators Certificate you can apply for a call sign and can start transmitting on certain radio bands. You must keep a log of your first fifty contacts after which you may have the full privileges we all enjoy.

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* The New Zealand Amateur Radio Study Guide *

The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters is able to offer prospective radio amateurs an online study guide and sample test papers.

The New Zealand Amateur Radio Study Guide can be found on the NZART Web Site at http://www.nzart.org.nz/assets/exam/sg/sg-intro.html

* The Auckland VHF Group Mentor Program *

Many radio clubs within New Zealand are able to provide mentors or as it is known an Elmer. Auckland VHF Group members are able to assist you on your way to becoming an amateur radio operator in many ways. The first step is for you to become a club member. Once you have expressed an interest, you will find friendly helpful radio amateurs willing to give freely of their time and resources. It takes time and commitment to pass the exam. Some fail first time around. As with all hobbies there is a setup cost. By joining your local radio club members are able to assist, encourage and support you. Often club members have spare equipment to either loan or sell.

The mentor progam has, as its main goal, the desire to educate new radio operators in best operating practices.

*The Amateur's Code*

The Radio Amateur is

CONSIDERATE...never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL...offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters, through which Amateur Radio in New Zealand is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE...with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY...slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED...radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC...station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

--The original Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.