• Upgrading to General Class

    From John Orr@1:103/1 to All on Fri Mar 13 04:54:30 2020
    Hello,

    I received my Technician Class license in 2007. I monitor on a Yaesu VX 8d. I also have a Yaesu FT 221 but it isn't connected. Beyond that,I am studying for the General Class exam. Then it's on to Amateur Extra Class. Finding an exam in
    my area is hit or miss though. The local Amateur Radio Club hasn't posted any new exam dates in awhile.

    Best wishes,



    John Orr, KI6ICZ
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  • From Steve theNPC@1:135/371 to John Orr on Mon Mar 16 13:02:28 2020
    Re: Upgrading to General Class
    By: John Orr to All on Fri Mar 13 2020 04:54 am

    I received my Technician Class license in 2007. I monitor on a Yaesu VX 8d. also have a Yaesu FT 221 but it isn't connected. Beyond that,I am studying f the General Class exam. Then it's on to Amateur Extra Class. Finding an exam
    Good luck, John! I definately found a lot more enjoyment in Amateur Radio when I upgraded from Tech to Extra. Being able to use the HF bands opened a whole new world (literally) to my ears.

    Are you using any of the online study resources, or just physical books?

    Cheers,
    Steve K4RVA
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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to JOHN ORR on Tue Apr 14 13:46:00 2020
    John,

    I received my Technician Class license in 2007. I monitor on a Yaesu
    VX 8d. I also have a Yaesu FT 221 but it isn't connected. Beyond
    that, I am studying for the General Class exam. Then it's on to
    Amateur Extra Class. Finding an exam in my area is hit or miss
    though. The local Amateur Radio Club hasn't posted any new exam
    dates in awhile.

    COVID-19 has shut down most all ham radio activities...including
    hamfests, license exams, classes, club meetings, etc. The 2 facilities I
    was testing at in central Arkansas have done such, so I don't know when
    I'll test again.

    Some teams have done "online" or "remote" testing...but to me, there's
    too great a potential for fraud by examinees, without VE's there to
    monitor for cheating...never mind the logistics involved.

    Sorry for the delay in replying...my BBS crashed 6 weeks ago (problems
    with Internet Rex and Windows 10...likely a Microsoft Windows 10 Update
    issue), then nearly nonstop thunderstorms. So, it made no sense to do
    any BBS work. In the nearly 43 years I've been living in Arkanas, this
    is the stormiest spring Tornado Season I've ever seen.

    Daryl, WX4QZ, UALR Ham Radio Club VE Team Liaison

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  • From Al Kaiser@1:142/926 to Daryl Stout on Tue May 19 08:39:31 2020
    Daryl Stout wrote to JOHN ORR Subject: Upgrading to General Clas

    John,

    COVID-19 has shut down most all ham radio
    activities...including hamfests, license exams, classes, club
    meetings, etc. The 2 facilities I was testing at in central
    Arkansas have done such, so I don't know when I'll test again.

    Some teams have done "online" or "remote" testing...but to me,
    there's too great a potential for fraud by examinees, without VE's
    there to monitor for cheating...never mind the logistics involved.

    Our club Meriden Amateur Radio Club has gone to online business and activity meetings using JTSI. They also do a Saturday morning Coffee Club Net on the local 2 meter repeater and some do a "social distancing" 2 meter fox hunt on Saturday morning. This has kept our members active. We've also have a mini edtion of our newsletter called Key Klix QRP. There are nets on 6, 10 and 2 meters durning the week to keep the area members and non members active.

    It looks like we will be working like this until sometime next year. Our
    local club is being used by the Health Department as the EOC and we've been told we can not have access to it for the forseeable future.

    Al Kaiser n1api@cox.net <=-

    TTYL!

    Al Kaiser - Meriden, CT, 19-May-2020 at 8:39.
    Fido : 1:142/926 - Internet : n1api@cox.net

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to Al Kaiser on Sun May 31 19:08:00 2020
    Al,

    Our club Meriden Amateur Radio Club has gone to online business and activity meetings using JTSI. They also do a Saturday morning Coffee
    Club Net on the local 2 meter repeater and some do a "social
    distancing" 2 meter fox hunt on Saturday morning. This has kept our members active. We've also have a mini edtion of our newsletter called Key Klix QRP. There are nets on 6, 10 and 2 meters durning the week to keep the area members and non members active.

    I have noticed an uptick in net checkins, since COVID-19 really kicked in.
    My license exam team will resume exams in September, but it'll be a "low contact, in person session", with COVID-19. Everyone will be required to
    have masks, and I'll provide the VE's with gloves.

    It looks like we will be working like this until sometime next year.
    Our local club is being used by the Health Department as the EOC and
    we've been told we can not have access to it for the forseeable future.

    The local library had cancelled all activities for 2020, but kept my group
    on the calendar. I'm waiting for final approval from the libary.

    Sorry for the delay in replying...the main BBS computer had a power supply and hardware failure 6 weeks ago. I tried to get a hardware upgrade, but the CPU's nowadays only will take 64-bit systems. Thankfully, my late Mom's computer is 32-bit, so the BBS has found a new home.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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