20210109 Testing session results

Amateur Radio, Testing

Thanks to the VE Team Richard Hall K7RLH, Anthony Hall WW4TCH, Lannie Godwin KK4QEF, Mark Gibson N4MQU, Glenn Taylor NC4KG for Giving their time to conduct the exam.  

We have two new amateur radio technicians to announce. and two new upgrades. Anthony Doura KO4KTZ and Dennis Maher KO4KUA. Be sure to welcome them to the amateur radio ranks as you hear them on the air.

Stanley Disbrow, JR  WA2KQY upgraded to Extra, and Yang LU upgraded to General. 

Our next exam is February 6, 2021. Registration required registration. We will continue to support testing on the first Saturday of the month except in July.  We will conduct the exam on the second Saturday.  

2021 FCVET Statistics

9 Applicants 5 Technicians 3 Generals 1 Extra. 

We saved our applicants $135 this year


Dennis Maher KO4KUA


Stanley Disbrow JR WA2KQY upgraded to extra

Yang LU KO4JZQ Upgraded to General

20210102 Testing Session results

Amateur Radio, Testing

We welcome, Kent Mahoney KO4KPR, Crystal Suazo KO4KPS, and Donald Shuffler, JR KO4KPT to the amateur radio hobby. Kent made it all the way to General. As you hear them on the radio be sure to welcome them to the amateur radio community. We also welcome James Crawford Jr KO4JZR to the general class.

Passed his technician and general class exam at FCVET at no charge.

Passed a no charge exam from FCVET

FCHRE Net Preamble

Amateur Radio, Net

Calling the Five County ham radio net Calling the Five County Ham radio net. The purpose of this net is to promote amateur radio activity among ham radio operators. This net is directed meaning to go thru the net control station to address your traffic to another party. If there is any emergency traffic break into the net by saying emergency traffic and your call.
Do we have any net announcements of interest to the ham radio community this is (Your Call Sign)
The topic of the net is fluid meaning it can be checkin driven. If you have any topic of interest to the ham radio or other hobbies you may bring it up. Net control may restrict any topic and topics must be compliant with the repeater trustee and fcc regulations.
I will stand by for stations to checkin by the first letter of your suffix
Stations Alpha – Gulf
Stations Hotel – November
Stations October -Zulo
Do we have any echolink stations wishing to check in

W4CEC Technician class and Exam at Camp Durant

Amateur Radio, Camping, Class, W4CEC

Some groups have had to change the way we do things during Covid.  This is definitely true with groups testing for amateur radio.  When Chris Cancilla (W4CEC) offers a amateur radio class you should take it! See his About page for his credentials. Chris found a outdoor venue using Camp Durant in Carthage, NC. Chris offered anyone wishing to camp to do so. Only three of us ended up camping in the Cold winter of North Carolina. The only problem I had was that I got cold Friday night.  The 23 degree weather we had Friday Night on December 11 gave me an issue. Chris insists that the low was 43 but I know It was 23. I had camped earlier this year with putting a sleeping bag in my Ford Flex but hadn’t done any tent camping in 28 years.  This was billed as a free amateur radio technician class and exam. Free amateur radio exams you ask? Check the LAUREL VEC website for testing near you or how to start your own free VE team.  

Chris built a small repeater for the licensed attendees to use while at camp.  You can get the details here. https://www.facebook.com/chris.cancilla/posts/10160339222342738

Chris went thru all the technician questions and students were able to practice fox hunting, hunting for a hidden transmitter.



Father and Son practice finding the hidden transmitter


We also heard the repeater on the International Space Station (ISS) Check this Youtube Video

Group shot getting ready for ISS

We were not successful in making a contact but it was fun trying.

Chris had 8 students register but some had to cancel out at the last minute due to other issues. Exam results revealed 6 new technicians, 1 General Upgrade, and 2 upgrades to Extra Class. 

We were successful with the HF radio contact. Making contents in Maryland and Georgia.  The radio was a Icom 7100 using a 40 meter commercial dipole antenna. 



Icom 7100 Demo for Tech Class

40 Meter Dipole Commercial Antenna

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