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Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by M1MRB, Nov 30, 2017.

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  1. KC2QQR

    KC2QQR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I do and don't agree with online ham exams. I would like to see more hams on the air, but it also takes away from the experience. They mention "instant gratification", you already get this when you go to the testing site, take the exam, and find out if you pass/fail. I myself enjoyed the bit of scheduling the exam, and taking it with real people. Maybe that's just me. The only part I didn't like was trying to fit taking the exam in my already busy schedule, but I managed to do it. Some complain of this -- but the way I see it, if you really like ham radio, then you'll find the time for it. I hate to say this, but there are some things that shouldn't be changed.
  2. VA3VF

    VA3VF Guest

    I did not watch the video, if they promote the online exam as 'instant gratification', I think it's a mistake. Instant gratification would be an exam that is just pro-forma, nobody fails. The exam should still be a serious one, you are just making it more convenient to take.

    The 'exam experience' is not something the majority of people enjoy, quite the contrary. It's a 'necessity o life', no doubt, and should never be done away, be it in hamradio or any other endeavor.
  3. M0REU

    M0REU Ham Member QRZ Page

    This, to date, does not happen in the UK.

    For the Foundation and Intermediate levels you get an provisional result from the examiners, but for the official result -you have to wait for it to arrive by post. The provisional result does allow you to apply for your license.

    For the Full license, the examiners do not give you any indication of whether you passed or failed -you must wait for it to arrive in the post.

    So in a way, we are catching up with the way you do it.
  4. K0RGR

    K0RGR XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well, by that logic, we should insist that FCC start giving the exams at their offices again. Nothing put the fear of God (and the Feds) in me as much as walking into the marble mausoleum known as the Customhouse in San Francisco at 8 a.m. on a rainy Friday morning, and facing the dreaded one-armed FCC examiner. You just knew that if you blinked sideways, you'd spend the rest of your days in Alcatraz! If you went through that experience a time or two, you'd never think of violating the rules, for fear you might have to do it again!

    Personally, I think it should be feasible to build a system sufficiently secure to permit applicants to do the test at home. There has been a proposal languishing in FCC limbo for years now to allow VE testing with 2 VE's, at least one of which can be remote.
  5. VA3VF

    VA3VF Guest

    Very good description of place and feel.;)
  6. M0YRX

    M0YRX Ham Member QRZ Page

    The online exam takes place at a centre no different to doing it on paper, and you get the result straight away once the alotted exam time has finished, this was how I did my full exam, cant see it being any different for the Foundation or Intermediate levels practicals completed as part of the course with the exam at the end either on paper or online canditates choice.
  7. MW1CFN

    MW1CFN Ham Member QRZ Page

    The trouble is, this is only one perspective.

    My local club realised, having entered my daughter for the exam that, for a younger candidate, also a female, it's very intimidating indeed, no matter how friendly the club, to sit there with retired men, taking part in what may well be their first formal experience of an examination.

    We keep saying we want new, young and different people in radio. But to what extent are we really looking at it from other people's perspective?
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  8. N8SAC

    N8SAC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am a ARRL VE And i dont see how you can follow the rules and do it on line.
  9. VA3VF

    VA3VF Guest

    One possible way is described in the third message of this thread.
  10. NN6EE

    NN6EE Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Why shouldn't the FCC have something simalar, but HAVE IT A "OPEN-BOOK" TEST? :) Really "WHY NOT"? If anybody hasn't NOTICED that "HAM RADIO SELLERS" sell to (ANYBODY) in person or "ON-LINE" WITHOUT ANY PROOF OF BEING LICENSED!!! So any "Tom, Dick, or Harry" can (HAVE GET ON THE AIR) making up a CALLSIGN AS WELL!!!
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