New Amateur Extra Class License Manual and Extra Q&A Now Available

From ARRL Web: Go all the way to the top! ARRL has everything you need to pass the Amateur Extra Class license exam with confidence. The ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio is your ticket to every privilege granted to amateur radio operators — all frequencies, operating modes, and power levels. It has all the questions and answers, with detailed explanations, for examinations taken between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2024. Use this book with ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio online to review the material. You can even take practice exams, so there are no surprises on exam day! …

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Falmouth Amateur Radio Association Resumes In-Person VE testing

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association has announced that its Volunteer Examination team has resumed in-person test sessions. According to the Falmouth ARA website: “Lee Thomas, NQ1L, FARA’s [VE team coordinator] has arranged for the use of a facility that allows for proper social distancing.   Examinations are now available on the second Saturday of the month by reservation only.  Contact Lee Thomas at NQ1L38 at gmail.com to schedule an examination.”

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New Amateur Extra License Class Question Pool Goes Into Effect July 1, 2020

The new 2020 – 2024 Amateur Extra­ class (Element 4) question pool takes effect on July 1, 2020. The new question pool incorporates significant changes compared to the 2016 – 2020 question pool (expiration date: June 30, 2020). The number of questions in the pool is reduced from 712 to 622. This results in 239 modified questions, 49 new questions, and the removal of 139 outdated questions. Areas of new technology and subjects were added. The 2020 pool has 10 diagrams, which have been renumbered, It’s important to note that question E3B08 was withdrawn from the new pool and may not be used on exams. Questions in that section were not renumbered, leaving 11 …

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Call for Speakers: ARRL Learning Network

We are readying an initiative named the ARRL Learning Network — a series of webinars presented by member-volunteers, for members. Like hamfest forums and radio club presentations, these webinars are intended to help members get more active, involved, and engaged in amateur radio. Recorded presentations will also respond to regular requests from our affiliated radio clubs for quality programming, particularly clubs that lack ready access to presenters, or have a last-minute speaker cancellation. Our current plan is to begin scheduling speakers for webinars as early as mid- to late-July. We need your help… Below is a Call for Speakers invitation (or download this PDF) which we’d …

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Billerica ARS VE Team to Resume In-Person Sessions, July 9, 2020

The Billerica Amateur Radio Society‘s ARRL-Affiliated Volunteer Exam (VE) team will resume in-person testing sessions beginning July 9, 2020 at the Chelmsford Bible Church, 128 Gorham Street, in Chelmsford. No walk-ins are allowed; applicants must call or email in advance.  To register, contact Gary Frascarelli, W1GFF, at w1gff -at- arrl -dot- net or call 978-453-1100.  Gary Frascarelli, W1GFF, writes on the Billerica ARS Facebook page on July 5, 2020:   “There will be NO VE Session in July…”  

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New England Sci-Tech Offers Three On-line Technician Class Courses in July, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio TECHNICIAN license exam, the FIRST of three certification levels. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some pre-test practice is necessary to get the best results from this course. This is a FULL course taught by a 40-yr veteran teacher, not a discussion group or video service. You will learn so much more than just watching a video or buying …

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New England Sci-Tech General Course, Natick, July 25-26, 2020

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a Technician level license, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the GENERAL license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum.  Some preliminary reading may be helpful to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent approximately a week before the course. The GENERAL level course runs Saturday, 8:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 8:30 am to noon, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick. …

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Whitman ARC to Begin Remote Training over Zoom

From the Whitman ARC June 2020 newsletter: “[Ross Hochstrasser, W1EKG] reported that we will now be able to do remote classes using ZOOM. The first item on the list is to help the folks in the Extra class via Zoom session with additional training and review to allow them to take the Amateur Extra exam before the new question pool takes effect July 1, 2020. “There is a new training email address that was set up by Randy, KC1EFF. This will be used just for training inquiries and other info. The new email address is Warc.Training@gmail.com.”

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Eastern Massachusetts 2 Meter Traffic Net announces New Traffic Handler training program

The Eastern Massachusetts 2 Meter Traffic Net (EM2MN) an official net of the ARRL/National Traffic System (NTS) is actively seeking additional stations to become involved with traffic handling. For those of you not familiar with the EM2MN we meet on the 145.230 MHz pl 88.5 W1BOS Repeater every day at 2000 hrs local.  We pass formal written traffic into and out of the Eastern Massachusetts coverage area of the Repeater. My name is Peter Doherty KC1HHO and I am the manager of this Net. Traffic Net is open to all licensed amateur radio stations and is a great opportunity to …

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New England Sci-Tech Technician Course Online, June 16-19, 2020

Four day course: Tu-W-Th-Fri June 16-19, 3-6 pm each day Eastern Time For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio TECHNICIAN license exam, the FIRST of three certification levels. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some pre-test practice is necessary to get the best results from this course. This is a FULL course taught by a 40-yr veteran teacher, not a discussion group or video service. You …

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New England Sci-Tech General Course Online, June 20-21, 2020

Two day course: SAT-SUN June 20-21, 12:00-6:00 pm Eastern Time each day For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio GENERAL license exam. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary preparation is necessary to get the best results from this course. This is a FULL course taught by a 40-yr veteran teacher, not a discussion group or video service. You will learn so much more than …

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North Shore Radio Association to Resume In-Person VE Sessions at New Location

The North Shore Radio Association will resume in-person volunteer exam sessions beginning this month, according to NSRA VE Coordinator Rick Savage, KB1LYJ.  “NSRA has a new location for our June 27 exam session–the American Legion lower level, 31 Hermon Street, in  Winthrop.” Rick adds that reservations will be required, and the number of individuals will be limited to 10 but “multiple times may be used.”  This meeting location will be used for all NSRA exams through the end of the year. 

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Social Distancing Exam Sessions Demonstrate Pent-Up Demand for Testing

From ARRL Web: A recent in-person “social-distancing” amateur radio exam session in Indiana and a “drive-in” session in California are representative of those that are relieving some of the pent-up demand for testing. As the COVID-19 pandemic lumbers on, in-person exam sessions have begun to resume across the US and elsewhere in the world. “With in-person sessions starting up again around the country, we are hearing the same story from volunteer examiner (VE) teams everywhere,” said ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Maria Somma, AB1FM. “Large numbers of candidates who have been waiting to test are contacting teams and are thankful …

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Signing Up for Remote Volunteer Exams–One Ham’s Experiences

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the Study Memorial Hospital ARC mailing list: Fo those who are interested in remote license exams, Kevin, KM1KEV, has put this together. -Ray —–Original Message—– From: Kevin Murray <kevin.murray21@verizon.net> To: raycord@aol.com <raycord@aol.com> Sent: Tue, May 26, 2020 11:28 am Subject: Remote Exam Ray,  How to Sign Up for a Remote Exam       – Register at https://hamstudy.org/    – Take a practice test and pass.    – Click Find a Session    – Look for an open Remote or Online Exam Session              – There are a number of Groups doing Online Exams. …

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Yankee Clipper Contest Club Special Interest Zoom Meetings

YCCC President Dennis Egan, W1UE, writes on the YCCC mailing list: Since we can’t meet in person for the foreseeable future, and using Zoom allows us to make some presentations that are hard to do in person, I’ve decided to offer four sessions on operating specific contest modes, as outlined below: Thur May 28   CW Wed June 10   FT4 Tue June 23    SSB Thur July 9      RTTY ??                    VHF/UHF The Zoom Sessions will start at 7 PM and plan to end at 8:30 PM, although if there is …

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New England Sci-Tech General Course Online, June 13-14, 2020

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a Technician level license, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the GENERAL license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum.  Some preliminary reading may be helpful to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent approximately a week before the course. The GENERAL level course runs Saturday, 8:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 8:30 am to noon, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick. …

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New England Sci-Tech Amateur Extra Course Begins June 1, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the AMATEUR EXTRA Radio license exam. Geared toward adults, as well as high school and homeschool students. This is a FULL course taught by a 40-yr veteran teacher, not a discussion group or video service. You will learn so much more than just watching a video. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Recommended text: ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 12th edition, for exams through June 30, 2024, (purchase on ARRL website). Regular practice and study …

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Final Reminder: Contest University Online, May 14, 2020

John Dorr, K1AR, writes on the Yankee Clipper Contest Club mailing list: Good morning everyone! Just a final reminder that CTU On-Line will be held this Thursday, May 14. Be especially sure to stay connected at the end of the day as there will be a very special presentation of great interest to YCCC members. Check out https://www.contestuniversity.com/course-outline/ to pre-register and be ready to go! [See also: https://ema.arrl.org/2020/04/15/contest-university-usa-2020-on-line-may-14-2020/]

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FCC Providing Flexibility to Volunteer Examiners in Developing Remote Testing Methods

From ARRL Web: 05/03/2020–The FCC has clarified that nothing in its rules prohibits remote amateur radio testing, and no prior approval is needed to conduct remote exam sessions. “The Commission provides flexibility to volunteer examiners and coordinators who wish to develop remote testing methods or to increase remote testing programs already in place,” the FCC said in an April 30 news release. “We recognize that some volunteer examiner coordinators may not have the immediate capacity for widespread remote testing. We expect those volunteer examiner coordinators with limited remote testing capacity to work closely with those requesting such testing to prioritize any …

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ARISS to Experiment with School Contacts Using “Multipoint Telebridge” Approach

From ARRL Web: 04/29/2020 – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is hoping to adopt a concept it’s calling the “multipoint telebridge contact via amateur radio” that will allow stay-at-home students to take part in amateur radio contacts with members of the space station crew. ARISS has used telebridge stations in the past to enable contacts at times when the ISS orbit does not pass overhead to permit a direct radio contact with the school or other location. In a conventional ARISS telebridge contact, an amateur station ground station in a favorable location for an ISS pass on …

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