Amateur radio licensing examinations set for Sept. 15
Have you been studying for your amateur (“ham”) radio license examination, either independently, on the web or with a class or group? If you are ready to take the exam, so are volunteer examiners from the Mayland Amateur Radio Club.
Examiners will be conducting FCC-approved testing for all license classes – from the entry-level technician to the general and extra class licenses – no Morse code is required – at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the County Extension Building, 10 S. Mitchell Ave. in Bakersville.
Bring a government-issued photo ID – driver’s license, passport or student ID – to the testing session. Know your Social Security or Federal Registration Number (FRN), one of which is necessary to submit the paperwork to the FCC.
Licensed "ham" radio operators testing to upgrade to a higher class of license need to bring a copy of his or her current FCC amateur radio license.
A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. Cellphones must be silenced or turned off during the exam session, and the phone’s calculator function may not be used.
Please bring a check, money order or cash to cover the $14 exam session fee. If paying by check, make it out to Mayland Amateur Radio Club Inc.
Tests will be scored immediately after the session, and you will be informed of your result. More than 80 percent of those who take the licensing examinations are successful on the first try. The FCC will notify successful examinees of their assigned call sign, usually within 2-4 business days. Persons successfully testing for an upgraded license will have their new privileges authorized by the volunteer examiners for immediate use.
If you are not presently licensed but interested in becoming an amateur radio operator and don’t know where to start, visit the Mayland Amateur Radio Club website at KK4MAR.org, or call Bob Rodgers at 828-385-2452, David Houser at 828-765-0362 or John Scruggs at 901-488-5022.