Got My Ham Technician License

Earlier in the year, on January 25th, I traveled to Bloomington Minnesota to take a written test for a HAM radio license.  Truth be told I was planning on taking it a few weekends sooner, but weather and life got in the way.  Sadly I had to put it off a couple weeks.

Cutting to the chase: I took the test for the Technician Rating and passed.

HAM, Camping, & Overlanding

There were a couple reasons why I wanted to get a HAM license.  The first was that my grandfather, Dan, whom I was very close with, was into radios, CBs, transceivers, etc…   I wanted to honor his memory by getting a HAM tech rating.

There were two other reasons for wanting to get a HAM license, and they both had camping and overlanding in mind.  While I do have a Garmin Inreach that provides some limited text/email communications while out of cell phone tower range via satellite, I wanted more.

There are HAM repeater towers all over the United States.  There is a good chance, even when in locations like the BWCA or Quetico, that I will be able to communicate through one using a mobile HAM radio.  If an emergency situation arrives I will hopefully have another option for emergency communication, if needed.

First and foremost I have a cell phone, then I have a HAM mobile radio and a Garmin Inreach Se+.

HAM Call Sign:  N9BWA

My HAM operator call sign is N9BWA.



TD is the owner and publisher of TD All Outdoors. He has been enjoying the outdoors since since he was a child. Over the years he has spent as much time as he can solo wilderness canoe tripping, overlanding, hiking, fishing, bushcrafting, hunting, hammock camping, and more. Aside from this blog, he also own his own coffee brand,

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