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Mendocino
12-17-2008, 07:16 AM
My wife and 10 year old daughter would like to get licensed and I have not had any luck in finding a class at any of the radio clubs locally. Is the club interested in doing another class as we did last year? I would be happy to assist.

Discuss...:)

Groucho
12-17-2008, 07:30 AM
I think Ricardo has this in the works with me teaching again...

RicardoJM
12-17-2008, 08:15 AM
Wow, excellent timing:D. The participation and results from last years class were fantastic. Each year we have made adjustments and improvements to the program. There is quite a bit of material to cover, so we are looking to spread go to 4 nights. We also would like to get Rising Sun participation on the Volunteer Examination Team (VE Team) that administers the exam. So, here are some particulars for all to consider.

This will be the third HAM Radio class for the members of Rising Sun. It is primarily geared toward getting the technicians license, focusing on passing the technician written exam, and good/safe operating practices.

This class is open to anyone interested. We will cover several things that will just be to pass the test, like how the FCC regulates the Amateur Radio section, propogation, electrical theory, etc. We will spend most of our time working on good operating practice, familiarizing ourselves with the radios and antennas, callsigns, station safety and the like. As with years past the class content will only be limited on how far we want to push it.

So to let the holidays slow down, and folks get back into the swing of things, this class will be scheduled for February 2008. This time around the class will be 4, two-hour classes. They will be on Mondays, starting Feb 9th. Classes start at 7pm and will be done by 9pm.

Please post up if you or someone you know is interested in joining us!

treerootCO
12-17-2008, 08:36 AM
I am interested :thumb:

MDH33
12-17-2008, 08:40 AM
Cool, I was hoping another class would come together. Count me in.

subzali
12-17-2008, 08:41 AM
Should I send in my app for VE licensing?

RicardoJM
12-17-2008, 09:09 AM
Should I send in my app for VE licensing?

Short answer is yes. I'll get a seperate post up in the Ham Radio Section with some more details on what is needed. For those that are over achievers and want to know more now - everything you need to know is here (http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/).

Mendocino
12-17-2008, 09:53 AM
Count me in for 2 attendees.

Uncle Ben
12-17-2008, 10:26 AM
Outstanding guys! :thumb::thumb: It would be an nice thing to invite our bruthas and sistas from CLC and Horsetooth to the class too, in my opinion. :cool:

MDH33
12-17-2008, 10:36 AM
Outstanding guys! :thumb::thumb: It would be an nice thing to invite our bruthas and sistas from CLC and Horsetooth to the class too, in my opinion. :cool:

Great idea. :beer:

art hog
12-17-2008, 10:52 AM
I'm in for 2 also.

Hulk
12-17-2008, 10:55 AM
Should I send in my app for VE licensing?

To qualify to be a Volunteer Examiner, you must:


be 18 years of age or older; and
never have had your amateur station or operator licenses suspended or revoked; and
hold a valid General, Advanced or Extra Class license. [97.509]

If you meet these criteria, the ARRL/VEC would like to hear from you. To be accredited by the ARRL/VEC, you must complete a training program. Examiners may be accredited by more than one VEC. VEs are not required to work with only one VE Team or VEC and are not restricted to any particular area. A VEC does not have to accept the services of a VE if it does not want to.

The manual is 98 pages long. I'm going to feel guilty for printing this thing at work. :rolleyes:

Mendocino
12-17-2008, 11:33 AM
Ricardo,

16 February is President's Day. Will the class still be held on this holiday (holiday for some)?:confused:

nakman
12-18-2008, 08:48 AM
Hey this is great, I'd be happy to help out with some demos, etc. Just no mobile repeater discussions, ok? :lmao:

Groucho
12-18-2008, 12:33 PM
Including myself, there are at 5 General class licensees who posted to this thread. This means that more than enough people are available to administer the test.

I just spoke with a VEC customer service person at the ARRL. Here is what we (those who have the general class license or above) need in order for us to be able to administer the test in Feb.:

Complete the application form at the end of the VE manual (Hulk posted a link to get to this), complete the open book reveiw test (which we may do together if we wish) and fax it to the ARRL. Once they receive those items, we are immediately put in their system as VE's, and may begin testing immediately. Our badges will take a couple of weeks to arrive, but she said that will not stop us from testing.

All we would need to do then is have a VE liaison to contact a VEC from one of the local clubs to acquire the testing material, and presto! We're in business!

We would only be allowed to administer the Element 2 (Technician) test, and we would definitely have to take it seriously.

If we wanted to get together all (or as many as possible) general class licensees in the next few weeks we could all fill in the test as more of a discussion type thing. I am thinking that this might be my favorite part.

Discussion?

subzali
12-18-2008, 01:05 PM
Outstanding guys! :thumb::thumb: It would be an nice thing to invite our bruthas and sistas from CLC and Horsetooth to the class too, in my opinion. :cool:

I posted up in their forums,

CLC here (http://forum.ih8mud.com/co-colorado-land-cruisers/257306-ham-technician-class-rising-sun.html#post3973949)

and

HT here (http://forum.ih8mud.com/co-wy-horsetooth-4-wheelers-cruiser-club/257305-ham-technician-class-rising-sun.html)

Mendocino
12-18-2008, 01:08 PM
I'm up for getting together and going over the review test.:thumb: When and where?

wesintl
12-18-2008, 02:26 PM
I haven't missed one yet. Can you administer a general test too?

Groucho
12-18-2008, 03:16 PM
We would only be allowed to administer the Element 2 (Technician) test, and we would definitely have to take it seriously.
Discussion?

I knew I put that in my post, just didn't realize I buried it so deep!:lmao:

The only extra class operator I am aware of in the club is Bruce Miller. In addition to him, we would need at least 3 more extra class operators to give the general test or the extra test. I am not that close to feeling comfortable in passing to try yet.

I'm up for getting together, but probably after December 25th.

nuclearlemon
12-18-2008, 04:54 PM
are there any plans on doing a general class, minus the test? i'd be interested.

also, even though i have my tech license, i would like to take the class.

Rock Dog
12-18-2008, 06:23 PM
I have been studying for the extra test... and man o man the stuff you need to know.... I have not posted up yet, but also have my General license if i can be of any help. I just printed off the 98 pages Matt was referring to....

KD0EXO

RicardoJM
12-18-2008, 08:44 PM
16 February is President's Day. Will the class still be held on this holiday (holiday for some)?

I believe it will. With "long" running events like this it can get tough putting together a schedule. In addition to holidays, each individual's standing commitments, sports schedule, favorite TV programs (mine is 24) all make it often easiest to "set it and stick with it".

That said, it is a new season of 24 and I'm not keen on missing 4 hours. Perhaps its time to look into that DVR box so many people swear by.

RicardoJM
12-18-2008, 08:47 PM
I'm up for getting together and going over the review test.:thumb: When and where?

I'm up for this as well. We got Nathaniel in as well.

MDH33
12-19-2008, 08:40 AM
I'm now confused. Is the class for those who have no ham license, or for those who already have a license and this is some sort of "upgrade your license class" :confused:

Hulk
12-19-2008, 11:11 AM
If we wanted to get together all (or as many as possible) general class licensees in the next few weeks we could all fill in the test as more of a discussion type thing. I am thinking that this might be my favorite part.

Discussion?

Sounds great. I am definitely game. Can we do it after Jan. 5th? I'm going to be out of town from 12/28/09 - 1/4/09.

Groucho
12-19-2008, 12:05 PM
I'm now confused. Is the class for those who have no ham license, or for those who already have a license and this is some sort of "upgrade your license class" :confused:

This class will be directed at those who do not have their license at all. However, the class does include much more operating practice teaching than the normal ARRL (American Radio Relay League) technician class would cover. We tend to cover things related to how we use these in our Rigs for wheeling.

The class would be to teach people for the entry level tech license test. They are talking about getting certified to give the actual test (VE is volunteer examiner and VEC is the coordinator). You need to licensed at least one higher level than the test you're administering (so min of General to give Tech test). Kirsten is thinking about coming to the class to get her license, too.

Exactly. Just more geek stuff. Ignore until you have your license, then we want you too!!

Sounds great. I am definitely game. Can we do it after Jan. 5th? I'm going to be out of town from 12/28/09 - 1/4/09.

Me too. I am extremely busy with work all over, and with the holidays and all I would prefer after the new year.

polarweasel
12-19-2008, 10:20 PM
So, February sometime for the tech class... Any thoughts on location? You guys cover a pretty wide area. :)

On the off chance you want to do it in Boulder, I can offer a very nice classroom space with an LCD projector, whiteboards, sound system, etc. If you were willing to open the class up to a couple of folks from the agency (Boulder Emergency Squad), the space is free.

Alex
(Horsetooth 4-Wheelers -- thanks for the heads-up, Matt!)
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Groucho
12-20-2008, 12:06 PM
Previous sessions have been at Stevinson Toyota at Colorado Mills Mall. It is mostly centrally located, and we have had very good luck with getting the space (Rising Sun's usual monthly meeting area).

Ricardo needs to take point on this. Alex, thank you for the opportunity to use the space as well. Ricardo, now you have to help decide where we are going to have it (if you haven't made that decision already).

PhatFJ
12-20-2008, 12:37 PM
OK, I am in... This sounds like a GREAT thing for a newb like me... Thanks to all helping make this possible!! :) :)

RockRunner
12-20-2008, 02:14 PM
I am in AGAIN, maybe this time I can finish it without work interrupting. I still have my book from last year, will that still work?

My vote would be for Stevenson and anytime after January.

RicardoJM
12-20-2008, 08:25 PM
Previous sessions have been at Stevinson Toyota at Colorado Mills Mall. It is mostly centrally located, and we have had very good luck with getting the space (Rising Sun's usual monthly meeting area).

Ricardo needs to take point on this. Alex, thank you for the opportunity to use the space as well. Ricardo, now you have to help decide where we are going to have it (if you haven't made that decision already).

Stevinson is centrally located; for the metro area and even Ft. Collins to CO Springs:D. I have yet to confirm the availability, but likely will get this done soon.

Alex, I would echo Nathaniel's thanks in regard to offering up the space, it is good to know we have options if our primary location does not work out.

RicardoJM
01-06-2009, 06:36 PM
We have been confirmed by Stevinson for use of the room for the dates. As always, we need to be out by 9:00 pm.

rover67
01-06-2009, 08:48 PM
I am in as well. Also, Allison (my GF) would like to take the class.... is that kosher?

Groucho
01-06-2009, 09:12 PM
Kosher.