On Reddit’s /r/amateurradio I came across a user who was coming home from overseas and was eager to get his ham radio license. It just so happened that he was going to be in the area on a date and time that our TriARC VE Team was available. Together with Bri KK6NLV and Daniel KK6ANP, we setup at the San Marcos library and after helping him register for a FRN we administered element 2, the Technician exam, which he passed!
We quickly prepared his paperwork both in hard copy and digitally and sent it off to our governing Volunteer Examiner Coordinator, the Laurel VEC. Due to the amazing digital process under which the Laurel VEC operates, our new ham had his callsign appear in the FCC database a mere 16 hours after passing his exam!
This was our first ham that earned their license through our club’s VE team and we’re excited for many more to come. We’re still on the lookout for a permanent location to host monthly exam sessions; if you know of a place, please be sure to let me know!
I’m incredibly excited as I’ve just received confirmation from Yaesu that our application for the DR-1X repeater has been approved! That means TriARC, our newly formed club will shortly have our own repeater. This comes on the heels of an email I had gotten from SCRUBBA, the regional 70cm coordinator in Southern California that we’ve been approved the use of two different temporary frequency pairs (our choice), while our request for our final pair is under review.
In a short 60 days we should have our new gear up and running on the air!
I’m proud to announce that our club, TriARC, is the new sponsor of a Laurel VE Team here in San Diego county! We have four fantastic Volunteer Examiners on staff and are currently searching for a location to host NO COST ham radio exams! We’ll be posting a schedule on the club’s website shortly so please stay tuned.
We’re also excited to offer no cost exams to groups and events; please reach out if you’d like us to offer an exam session at your next gathering!