FCVET Statistics for 2021

Amateur Radio, Testing

At $15 an applicant this represents a savings of $840 for our applicants. Not including re-takes.



20210227 Test Session Report

Amateur Radio, Testing

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

20210206 Testing Session Results

Amateur Radio, BRTC, Testing

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.

Session Manager, Richard Hall (K7RLH)

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 Chris for helping at the registration desk.

Waiting their turn.

Thanks to KI4CFS for producing this video showcasing FCVET on his YouTube channel.  


Martin (KI4CFS), Glenn (NC4KG), Tony (WW4TCH)

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.  

William Mullins (KO4LYR)

Dan Hamm (KO4HAT)

Sammy Estridge III (KO4LZN)

Cormac Meiners (KO4LZS)

Robert Sepe (KO4LZT)

Angus Clark (KO4LZU)

Henrique Farinhail (KO4LZW)

Andrea Smith (KO4LZX)

Duane Cutlip (KY4EC)

Walt Paulson (KO4LZZ)

David Smith (KO4LZV)

20210130 Testing Session Results

Amateur Radio, Testing

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. 

VE KK4QEF Lannie Godwin

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.

Clarence Owens (KO4LRD) and Travis Wiggins (KO4LRF) of Chocowinity. and Stephen Lask (KO4LRG) of Siler City.

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.

Jeremy Whorton (KO4LQR)

Raymond Mcguinness (KO4LQS)

Gary Plante (KO4LQX)

Charles Owens (KO4LRD)

Jonathan Horvath (KO4LRE)

Travis Wiggins (KO4LRF)

Kelly Padgett (KO4LRH)

Kenneth Florentine (KO4LRI)

Gary Ybarra (KO4LRJ)

Robert Randsdell, JR (KO4LQZ)

Gary Plante (KO4LQX)

Stephen Lask (KO4LRG)

Thanks to the greatest VE team in the world AJ4NX, WA2KQY, KE4QEF.  Not pictured but another valued team member KK4QDZ.



20210123 Exam Results

Amateur Radio, Testing


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 New Amateur Radio Operators

The Five County VE Team may be able to give your group an exam contact markgibson6822@gmail.com


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

20201208 Testing Session Results

Amateur Radio, Testing

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.

20201205 Testing session results

Amateur Radio, Testing

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