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Old 03-04-2014, 09:16 AM   #11
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We also encourage the test takers to go for the next level if they pass. Doesn't hurt to try and at least you get an idea of what's on the test.

A couple of months ago, we had a couple of guys come in to take the exam. One started out at zero and walked away an extra, the other started at zero and walked away a general. They are using their license to fly FPV airplanes (first person video).

These guys came back the next month and gave a presentation on what they do and how they do it. Amazing.

ANYWAY...... It's always exciting to see someone new enter the hobby!
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I as well am a ARRL VE, last month our team tested 22 people which 20 where
firemen/women 19 passed tech an one general. The other 2 who failed retested
this month and passed along with 15 others. Its great to see our small city
supporting amateur radio, our ARES group now has equipment in all the
firestations, police department, city hall, water and electric building. The county
as well has pushed to install amatuer radios on all thier county firestations buying
all the radios, antenna's and coax for such.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:39 PM   #13
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In April 1-4 the National Association of County and City Health Organizations will hold it's annual Emergency Preparedness Summit with several thousand people attending. One of my fellow VE's was contacted about conducting a CRAM session for those wanting to get a Amateur license. He is N1MN and is a certified ARRL instructor. He has done several webinars and will do a 4 hour session at the summit. We thought there may be a very large number of people for a test session but it looks like it will be somewhere around 20-24. The Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club in Cobb county will have a station(s) set up at the summit and will be a special event station N4P. They will issue QSL's requested by the contacts made. Information for the schedule - http://preparednesssummit.org/ham-radio/ If you have your rig tuned on April 2nd or 3rd make a contact. They will be on most of the bands HF, UHF, VHF, Dstar and echolink. The location for the summit is the Ritz Carlton Atlanta (downtown). There may be more people that will test that didn't do the Webinars since other organizations have conducted classes. If you are an ARRL VE and in the Atlanta area on the 3rd of April they may have need for your assistance. They will test from 12-4pm. You can contact Elden N1MN at: [email protected] for more info.

FYI - as of March 15th the number of licensed amateurs is at an all time high. 775,542 - of which nearly half are techs, there is still one licensed tech plus. Also a little over 14,000 novices and just under 57,000 advanced licenses. Both license classes are reducing in numbers since they are no longer issued. Generals number 174,328 and Extra's 137,797.
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