The VARC is raffling off a Radioditty GD-77 DMR/Analog HT at our August meeting. Tickets for the raffle are 3 for $5.00 or 20 for $20.00. To purchase tickets, contact Steve Jackson , K4DDO ([email protected]) or visiting our membership dues page, and making a one time donation via paypal to the VARC. Good luck and don’t forget to attend our August club meeting to find out if you are a winner!
The Valdosta Amateur Radio Club will be hosting field day activities this weekend (June 22, 2019) at 4903 Hickory Grove Road North, Valdosta, GA 31606. Prep and setup for the event begin at 10 AM and operations begin at 2 PM. There will be a dual band DMR/Analog HT Raffle and other door prizes available as well. Everyone is welcome to attend or check in via the talk in repeater at 444.700 MHz or via simplex at 146.460 Mhz. If you are planning on attending, please be sure to bring your own chairs. There will be some food provided (hot dogs, hamburgers, and some drinks), but guests can bring their own as well.
The Coastal Plains Amateur Radio Club with the assistance of Derrick Young will have a “Ham Cram” session on Saturday June 15, 2019. It will be held at the Tift County Emergency Operations Center 316 West 2nd Street, Tifton, GA 31794. The session will start at 8:00 AM. The Technician and General session will end about 3:00 PM with the test to follow. The Amateur Extra session will end about 4:30 with the test to follow. There will be a one hour break for lunch and a 15 minute break every hour. We will be accepting registration until June 1st. Our resources are limited therefore we will limit the session to 30 participants. First come first served. In the event that we have more than 30, we will plan another Ham Cram session.
Derrick’s sessions have an impressive 93% test pass rate!
To register for the Ham Cram send an email to [email protected]. Please include your full name, address, cell phone number, call sign if you are currently licensed and your email address. Also include the license that you intend to test for. Technician is the starting license. General and Amateur Extra are the other options. Exams must be taken in order. Technician First, then General then Amateur Extra. All three will be offered during the session but you will only be studying for one license class.
Upon completion of the session we will offer the Ham Exam.
What to Bring to an ARRL Exam Session:
1. One legal photo ID (identification):
a. State Driver’s License
b. Government issued Passport
c. Military or Law Enforcement Officer Photo ID card
d. Student School Photo ID card
e. State Photo ID card
2. If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
a. Non-photo State ID card (some states still have them)
b. Birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
c. Social security card
d. Employer’s wage statement or Minor’s work permit
e. School ID card
f. School or Public Library card
g. Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that
specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed
to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on
the Form 605.
3. Students/minors without a photo ID need to bring only one of the
above items if a legal guardian presents their photo ID; otherwise
two non-photo IDs are required.
4. Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal
Registration Number (FRN); VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit
either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application
form. If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then
you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you
have a FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the
application. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the
FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC’s FAQ page and the
FCC’s registration instructions page. Please note that some
exam teams will only accept a valid FRN on your application.
Check with your local exam team before exam day.
5. If applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio
license or a reference copy printed out from the FCC website, the
license information printed from ARRL website or QRZ website,
or the original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful
Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous
exam sessions. If your license has already been issued by FCC,
the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The photocopy(s)
will not be returned.
Instructions on how to obtain an official FCC license copy are on
our Obtain License Copy web page.
6. Two number two pencils with erasers a pen and a highlighter.
7. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed.
You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session.
Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they’re free
of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during
the exam session and the phones’ calculator function may not be used.
In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices
and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT
8. Bring a check for $15.00 to cover the exam session fee. The check should be made out to ARRL VEC – No Cash Please
If possible follow this link, fill out the form, print it and bring it with you. If you are unable to do this, blank forms will be available. http://www.arrl.org/files/file/VEs/NCVEC%20Form%20605_2018_Interactive.pdf
Greg Walls – W4GHW
Ham Cram 2019
DATE: Saturday – March 23, 2019
LOCATION: Department of Health – 325 W Savannah Ave. Valdosta
TIME: 8:00 am- 6:30 pm – Be on time!
Program Description: HAM CRAM is a noMorse code AMATEUR RADIO TECHNICIAN, GENERAL, OR AMATEUR EXTRA LICENSE cram session. The cram session will assist participants with their ability to pass the FCC Technician, General or Amateur Extra class license exams.
The cram session is a guided self-study review of the test questions and answers that will take about 6 hours. Students will be allowed 1 hour for lunch and 1 hour for the exam. Participants may study the material on their own before the session to help increase the odds of passing the exam.
Participants will be able to take the FCC Technician, General or Amateur extra class license exam on the same day at the end of the class time. Most people are able to finish the exam in about 30 minutes or less. Exam passing rate is typically 90%.P
Registration/Cancellation: No walk-ins. All participates must be pre-registered! Email the contact below so you can register. Cancellation requests should be received at least 72-hours prior to the course if possible. This course is open to the public.
Contact Information for RSVP: Derrick Young (W4DEY)
Email: [email protected]
FCC Exam – ID & Fees: REQURED! Bring Photo ID & a check made out to “ARRL VEC” for $15.00 for the FCC License Exam Fee. No cash or credit cards can be used to pay for exam. You will fill out a FCC application on site.
Please welcome Walt Dix – KM4SMU and Dale Blanchard – KM4QFB to the VARC family. Both Walt and Dale are active amateurs and are committed to the advancement of amateur radio in the South Georgia area.
Walt has accepted the position of President and Dale has accepted the position of Vice President. Please reach out to them and show them your support!
Check out their bios on VARC – Leadership page….