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Re: 2011 SummerFest Amateur Radio Testing Session

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:50 am
by cruiserlarry
shuly wrote:Having not been to Summerfest before I don't know how much I can help. I also have only made one HF contact on Jon's radio in my driveway...so I am certainly not a pro.
You can be a volunteer operator. Experience is not an issue - if you are licensed, you're in !! We will have two of the best HF mentors available at SummerFest - Hector (hmfigueroa) and Randy (xtatic) to help you get your feet wet on the air...or you can help log contacts on the computer (or both :lol: ). It's easy, it's fun, and that's what your license is for !!!

The VE test doesn't really take any studying - it's virtually open-book, and designed to make sure you understand rules and proedures - no technical knowledge is involved.

Re: 2011 SummerFest Amateur Radio Testing Session

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:34 pm
by SP Jon M3
SP Jon M3 wrote:I'm trying for the end of the month to go for my upgrade. If I haven't taken it by then I will definitely take it at field day. So put me down as a maybe.
Well.. I was able to pass the Extra this morning. So you can take me off the list. I figured this way I can concentrate and help out with the Field Day activates vs. stressing out trying to cram for the test.

Re: 2011 SummerFest Amateur Radio Testing Session

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:22 pm
by shuly
SP Jon M3 wrote:
SP Jon M3 wrote:I'm trying for the end of the month to go for my upgrade. If I haven't taken it by then I will definitely take it at field day. So put me down as a maybe.
Well.. I was able to pass the Extra this morning. So you can take me off the list. I figured this way I can concentrate and help out with the Field Day activates vs. stressing out trying to cram for the test.
CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:D

Re: 2011 SummerFest Amateur Radio Testing Session

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:23 pm
by xtatik
Congrats to both of you. You guys crack me up with the competitive race-like nature through the classes. I know Jon has signed up as an operator.....Shuly, are you planning to get on the air with us? Let's get some airtime and some log entries attached to these callsigns, eh?
I'm starting to get a bit more fired up as we get closer to the event. And, I'm really looking forward to getting as many people as possible on the air this year. I'm certain you two could make a huge contribution.

Re: 2011 SummerFest Amateur Radio Testing Session

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:43 pm
by shuly
xtatik wrote:Congrats to both of you. You guys crack me up with the competitive race-like nature through the classes. I know Jon has signed up as an operator.....Shuly, are you planning to get on the air with us? Let's get some airtime and some log entries attached to these callsigns, eh?
I'm starting to get a bit more fired up as we get closer to the event. And, I'm really looking forward to getting as many people as possible on the air this year. I'm certain you two could make a huge contribution.
That competitiveness is why I went for the extra. I don't think I'm going to own an HF radio for a while :lol: anyone have the winning lottery numbers?
Not having done this event before I didn't want to volunteer for something that I didn't quite know what I would be getting into. However, I would like to get some airtime in and try to learn new stuff.

Re: 2011 SummerFest Amateur Radio Testing Session

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:10 pm
by cruiserlarry
shuly wrote:Not having done this event before I didn't want to volunteer for something that I didn't quite know what I would be getting into. However, I would like to get some airtime in and try to learn new stuff.
Sign up to work any of the bands - between Randy, Hector, myself, Dave, and Ollie, you'll have no issues working HF for Field Day. THe bands will be busy, and we are trying to stay active for 24 hours, so there will be plenty of opportunity. We all welcome any assistance you are willing to give.

Again, congrats on your Extra ticket (and I corrected your name spelling on the roster - my bad :o )

Re: 2011 SummerFest Amateur Radio Testing Session

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:13 pm
by cruiserlarry
SP Jon M3 wrote:Well.. I was able to pass the Extra this morning. So you can take me off the list. I figured this way I can concentrate and help out with the Field Day activates vs. stressing out trying to cram for the test.
Congrats, Jon !!! I knew if shuly took the test, you wouldn't be far behind :lol:.

Looks like we'll have a plethora of Extras on Field Day !!! :mrgreen:

Re: 2011 SummerFest Amateur Radio Testing Session

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:42 am
by xtatik
cruiserlarry wrote:Looks like we'll have a plethora of Extras on Field Day !!! :mrgreen:
Jefe, would you say we might have a "plethora" of Extras on Field Day. Oh si El Guapo a "plethora".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mTUmczVdik

Re: 2011 SummerFest Amateur Radio Testing Session

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:04 pm
by gzeleniak
Would I be able to take the test to become a VE during summerfest?

Re: 2011 SummerFest Amateur Radio Testing Session

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:09 pm
by cruiserlarry
gzeleniak wrote:Would I be able to take the test to become a VE during summerfest?
No.

The VE test is an open-book test of procedural regulations, and does not require the presence of other VEs or an actual testing session to complete. You can download the test and application forms from the ARRL site (www.arrl.org), complete the test and send it in to the ARRL. When approved, you'll get a packet in the mail.