said by SmokChsr: said by fifty nine: said by SmokChsr:
Learning all the theory behind the higher class exams would likely take years.
It took me less than a year for a more difficult exam than the US Extra class.
That was "ALL" the theory.
I've taken quite a few certification exams, in the radio and electronics fields. Then again once you learn so much theory you start forgetting some of it. To sit down and try to actually learn theory can be painful. Yet once you can go out and play with it a bit then it's easier to understand.
Yup, it was all the theory for me too. The City and Guilds RAE in the UK covers everything from the basics of electricity right up to power amplifiers and EMC.
It helped that I had a willing elmer to not only answer questions but also to show me stuff in the school ham shack. I also built electronic projects here and there and spent a lot of time SWLing to learn radio propagation.
I wish there was a practical requirement for amateur radio licensing such as they have in other countries, it would make the experience richer for many and keep people interested, IMO.