Showing posts with label Studying. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Studying. Show all posts

Friday, June 12, 2015

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CWNP: CWTS - Service Sets

My study guide/notes... my definitions may not be perfect, but they help me with concepts.

Service Set (SS) - all the devices connected to a wireless LAN.

Basis Service Set (BSS) - a single access point and all of its connected devices

Independent BSS / Ad Hoc / Peer-to-peer - devices talk to each other without a central authority like an access point

Infrastructure BSS - an access point that connects to a larger distribution network

Extended Service Set (ESS) - a collection of BSS that are working together to provide wireless service in an area

Basis Service Set Identification (BSSID) - the MAC address of the access point

Service Set Identifier (SSID) - the unique identifier for a BSS or ESS, what we commonly call the name of the wireless network

Saturday, November 8, 2014


I like the CBT Nuggets training... I learn best when I can hear/see something first. (I was reminded of this when I struggled with my PMP training. Just picking up the book was like slogging through mud. I watched the videos first and then everything clicked.) Life has gotten in the way of studying for the CWNP, but I pick up random tidbits through the stuff going on at work and things like this Micro Nugget.

Monday, October 13, 2014


I'm looking into the Certified Wireless Network Professional program for my next cert. CWNP is vendor agnostic. I've never formally done any training or studying on the wireless side, but after reading a couple of chapters, I'm excited about the (no surprise) overlap with ham radio topics. I spotted a ham calling "CQ" in the CWNP forum.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Friday, September 20, 2013


Many suspected, but now it is official... I am certifiable.

I passed my ITIL Foundation exam today.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


What is ITIL? My take... a long, long list of very similar vocabulary terms with a lot of overlap. I'm not saying that it isn't useful. I do think a common vocabulary can be very helpful, but there is a reason everyone I talk to says that they only do ITIL-Lite.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


So I got this in the mail yesterday after renewing my ARRL membership.

And I already had this. I've had it so long that it covers the old question set.

Maybe it is time for me to start studying.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Extra Class Study Materials

My father-in-law loaned me this, so I could study for my Extra Class exam.

Maybe if I pass, I can reward myself by buying some new gear.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Extra Class Study Guide

Here is another gift idea. KB6NU has just released the Extra Class version of his No-Nonsense Study Guide. It is available in various formats (PDF, Nook, Kindle) for about $8.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Amateur Extra

Well, I had a somewhat arbitrary goal of getting my Extra license before the current exam expired. Since I've not cracked a book in months, I'll miss that target. Too much three year old and too much running to have time for studying... maybe this winter.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Motherload of Ham Radio Study Guides

Based on a comment from KD0BIK about his plan to start studying for his Extra license, I tracked down the course information.

Check out this download link from SouthCARS - for each license course, they have all the documents in one convenient place. For example, the Extra Class course has the questions pool, the syllabus, HF Band Chart, Diagrams for the test, All Ham Band Chart, and KY6V's "Let's Start with the Basics" document. Oh, and there are 12 podcasts of the actual class in case you missed any or cannot listen during the live event.

Between the ARRL Extra Class License Manual and all the free resources, I have no excuse for sticking with the General License.

The ARRL Extra Class License Manual: For Ham Radio (Arrl Extra Class License Manual for the Radio Amateur)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide - In Print

The No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide is now available in print for $12. Becoming a ham doesn't have to be expensive.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ham Study Guides

I think I've pointed them out before, but I have a friend who is tempted by ham radio, so I will link to the the KB6NU study guides again. PDF versions are free, but paid versions are available for Kindle and Nook.

Free study guides, inexpensive exam fee, free Echolink, and inexepensive rigs... add it up and it is like the package a dealer gives you to get you hooked.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Extra" Special License

A discussion about the value of the Extra class license.
"Second, I don’t think many people can go through that memorization process without learning something. I have a friend who always claims that he passed the Extra test by memorizing all of the answers. He’s just playing dumb, though. He knows a lot more than he gives himself credit for, and I think that you’ll find the same thing is true for the clods who claim to have passed by simply memorizing the answers."
I'm not sure how much I learned as I passed my Tech and General in less than about six months. I have to agree that I learned something. The "doing" will teach me more than the studying ever did, but you have to start somewhere.