At $15 an applicant this represents a savings of $840 for our applicants. Not including re-takes.
At $15 an applicant this represents a savings of $840 for our applicants. Not including re-takes.
KG4BBS Timothy Davis Clayton Upgrade General
WD4CMS Paul Smith Cary Upgrade Extra
John Bagley KO4NIN Raleigh New Tech
Richard Thomas Jr. KO4NIJ Raleigh New General
Stephen Worth III KO4NIK Holly Springs New General
Tim Carter Hurdle Mills KO4NJD New Tech
Gregory Garretson II KO4NIL Fuquay Varina New Tech
I learned a new word Saturday. I had heard it before but really didn’t know what it meant. The word is Trifectaa bettor wins by selecting the first three finishers of a race in the correct order of finish. In ham radio it is where a person with out a amateur radio license passes their technician, general, and extra exam at the same test session. We had that happen at our session on February 6, 2021.Duane Cutlip (KY4EC) of Wendell, NC.
I work in financial services and my oldest brother has been a ham operator for over 30 years (N8LPZ). I studied for almost a week every evening using mostly online (and mostly free) resources. I used Dan Romanchik’s No Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide. I found HamStudy helpful because they offered explanations of why the right answer was correct. I also went through the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club slides and material, which helped flesh out detail and provide more context. I ended up doing all my practice exams at eHam.net There are probably a lot of options there, but I like the review options of just wrong answers or the whole test, which helped on unsure answers.I tried to take the tests in sets of 3 to gauge my progress since the questions appear randomly and there are so many questions in the pool. When I felt I had a good grasp of each test, I started taking the 3 tests back-to-back (Technician, General, Extra) to make sure that I could handle the entire pool of questions and to make sure I could complete them all in an allotted time. As I reached a point of comfort, I dumped all my study material into a (very long) Word document. Then, I would delete sections I felt I had mastered so after each subsequent edit, I was having to peruse less and less material, focusing in on the trouble spots. Not having a background in electronics or radios left me with some sections that I just had difficulty comprehending and they eventually came down to a memory exercise that I hope I’ll understand more about when I get my hands dirty. Of course, since you can’t use a radio until you’re licensed, a lot of the information to do with bands, power constraints, and FCC rules just come down to memorization anyway. In the end, I was pretty lucky, so now the real learning begins!
Duane Cutlip (KY4EC)
Thanks to Martin Brossman III (KI4CFS) for the video and Duane Cutlip (KY4EC) for granting the interview.
Our first Saturday of every month testing session schedule resumed on Saturday February 6, 2021. Session Manager Richard Hall, (K7RLH) managed his first testing session Saturday.
We thank the VE Team Members Lannie Godwin, (KK4QEF), Anthony Hall (WW4TCH) Michael (Glenn) Tylor (NC4KG), Stanley Disbrow, JR (WA2KQY), John Stein (K9JWS), Martin Brossman, III (KI4CFS), Mark Gibson (N4MQU) and non VE helper Christopher Lougee (KO4GQM). Chris helped us with the registration desk.
Thanks to KI4CFS for producing this video showcasing FCVET on his YouTube channel.
We have the following applicants that gave me permission to take the photo in order of the FCC response file. I honored all request for anonymity.
The little train that could came thru once again Saturday. Thanks to the owners of Supreme. T-shirts & Apparel Paulette (now K4PKD) and Stan (WA2KQY) Disbrow that allows us to use their office in the capital city of Raleigh for amateur radio testing. While all the other established clubs in the area are cutting out the in-person exams in favor of the on-line exams or not doing it all the informal FCHRE clubs VE team had another in-person exam with 12 successful applicants. In addition to the office they have provided us with a turn key facility where all I have to do is show up with two other VE’s and we can do an exam. Our host supplies us with the computer and just recently a brand new scanner/printer.
It has been reported to me from some of our applicants the requirements for on-line testing is just too strict for some applicants. We took an added precaution Saturday and are limiting our applicants to 4 per hour. This will keep our total number in the facility down to 10 due to covid requirements. This made a half day testing session into a 7 hour testing session. This presented a scheduling challenge but I think our first session with the new requirements went smoothly. In addition to limiting the number of people we spray down the desk after each exam. I also request all applicants take the CDC Self-Checker prior to coming to the exam. We do not take this covid thing lightly.
We had two applicants from as far away from Chocowinity, NC and 1 from Siler City. It’s funny how this was the only time I was able to take a picture of all the applicants at once. This is from the first hour. It’s just a coincidence our longest distance commuters was in our first hour.
My VE teams likes to make fun of me taking pictures but I can’t help it. As you hear (In order of the FCC response file) Jeremy Whorton (KO4LQR), Raymond Mcguinness (KO4LQS),Charlie Owens (KO4LRD), Jonathan Horvath (KO4LRE),Travis Wiggins (KO4LRF), Kelly Padgett (KO4LRH), Kenneth Florentine (KO4LRI),Gary Ybarra (KO4LRJ), Robert Randsdell, Jr (KO4LQZ) and Stephen Lask (KO4LRG). Not all applicants are mentioned. I honored everyone requesting anonymity. As you hear them on the air be sure to welcome them to amateur radio. Please practice courtesy when you hear someone give their call on the radio especially after a conversation with someone else tell them you have to excuse yourself but wanted to let them know you are getting out. I got to speak to one of our applicants from Saturday this morning Raymond Mcguinness (KQ4LQS). That made all the work worth while. We are full for our exam February 6, 2021 but register for March here. We can also do exams on a weekday. Select other if you wish a weekday exam and indicate your preferred day of weekday request in the comments section. We will try to work out a date for you. Also we do exams for groups like we did last week. Here is our Banks Road Testing Club Stats – Sheet1-3 since we started at Banks Road last year. Pretty interesting.
Thanks to the Laurel VEC for allowing no charge amateur radio exams. Click on the link to see who is testing at no charge in your area or for more information on how to start a group.
Thanks to the greatest VE team in the world AJ4NX, WA2KQY, KE4QEF. Not pictured but another valued team member KK4QDZ.
Thanks to the Volunteer Examiners K7RLH Richard Hall, KK4QEF Lannie Godwin, WA2KQY Stanley Disbrow for volunteering and Laurel VEC for not making us charge for the exams. We had a great exam session Saturday for a private group in Cary, NC.
We welcome the following new hams (not in order of the picture) to the hobby, Brian Boender KO4LHQ, Lynn Morrow KO4LHR, Philip Morrow KO4LHT, Ricky Johnson, KO4LHU, Mary Johnson KO4LHV, Zachary James, KO4LHS. Also Crystal Suazo KO4KPS upgraded to her general class license.
The Five County VE Team may be able to give your group an exam contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
Thanks to the VE’s AJ4NX, KK4QDZ, N4MQU, WA2KQY and K7RLH for helping at the testing session today. It’s fun testing on a work day so they new licenses ae issued the same day a lot of times.
The new call signs have been issued and I have notified everyone with their new callsign. The upgrades have been updated in the FCC database.
As you hear KO4JZQ,Yang, James KO4JAT, and Audrey KO4JZS be sure to give them a warm welcome.
Congratulations to the upgrades, Dennis, Serge, and James.
I call the Virginia Fone Net on 3.947 at 4:00 PM Wednesday.
Don’t forget the DMR net Wednesday night at 9:00 PM TGIF Talk Group 1870.
Raleigh, NC – We had a great testing session. Four new Technicians, two new Generals, two upgraded to General. We had more registered but they were no shows. May have been scared off by all the Covid news. We kept our social distance by dividing the applicants into three different sessions. Thanks to the VE’s K7RLH Richard Hall, KK4QEF Lannie Godwin, WA2KQY Stan Disbrow, WW4TCH Tony Hall, NC4AU Larkin Folsom
Banks Road testing facility may be a unique facility for amateur radio testing in this area. We now have a turn key operation where all the testing supplies and hardware are at the facility. Thanks to Stan (WA2KQY)and Paulette (KM4RMW)Disbrow owner of Supreme. T-shirts & Apparel, for the use of the facility and the keyboard, monitor and mouse. When I was telling people about loosing access to the fire stations due to Covid he said he had a place we could use. I paid a visit and it looked ideal to me. I reached out to the group for a printer so I wouldn’t have to lug my bulky printer around and K7RLH Richard Hall stepped up donated a nice laser printer. W4CEC Chris Cancilla donated a laptop computer that required a new battery pack that I purchased.
The morning of the exam I connected everything together and it all work.
I am happy to report the VE team is supportive of continuing our testing schedule on the first Saturday of every month in 2021. I am dragging my feet a little to see if we get any more restrictions due to Covid. However we will support amateur exams by appointment. Exam Registration