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FCC Allows Remote Testing!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W0DHG, May 5, 2020.

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  1. W0DHG

    W0DHG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Norm Goodkin K6YXH visits with David W0DHG and talks about getting up and running to do remote testing for Amateur Radio Licenses. Norm mentioned that there were a lot of other players involved, but this is a good review of what they went through to get up and running. We discuss security concerns and how it works.

    This is a great service, provided by volunteers to keep our hobby and value to the community growing.

    KD5BVX, W7GST, N2YGI and 3 others like this.
  2. KN6ISR

    KN6ISR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi fellow Hams. This is my first post and I don't yet have a callsign but I wanted to comment on this video.

    I just took the test this morning, administered by Norm and his group. It is pretty amazing the amount of effort these folks have put into the realization of successful remote testing. I passed both the Technician and General tests back to back with 6 different VE's observing. I believe they are administering approximately 40 tests per day, 20 applicants for each session, morning and afternoon.

    Thank you Norm, Naomi and your entire team for all the time and effort you are donating and allowing new Hams like myself to get into and participate in the hobby.
    KD5BVX, N6LMA, WM7X and 9 others like this.
  3. W9HJ

    W9HJ QRZ Lifetime Member #294 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    The FCC hasn't expressly prohibited remote testing for the past couple decades. Problem is that of the 14 or so VEC's, only one, Alaska VEC has done it ... and even they required a physical proctor to be present.

    Now I'm sure more of the VEC's will start to allow it, although the chairman of the Laurel VEC has expressly said "No means No. Does No mean ever? At this point in time, the answer is Yes. Let’s move on."
    KQ8DFD, W7HT and N6HCM like this.
  4. KA3QOT

    KA3QOT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kind of arrogant, don't you think? That'll help people want to upgrade.

    I'll surely never test under the Laurel VEC.
    KD5BVX, KI7TBU, K6RUV and 5 others like this.
  5. K7JOE

    K7JOE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Innovate or die. Laurel had a good thing going with the free ham exams.
    Too bad the Laurel VEC chairman is a fusty, hidebound, stand-pat, traditionalist.

    This is a technical hobby. If we don't allow for innovation, the hobby dies.

    Time for said chairman to step aside. He is obviously not up to the leadership task and time
    the FCC rescind the Laurel VE rights and award them to a different organization.
    K6MWS, KQ8DFD, KC5HWB and 5 others like this.
  6. W5MDB

    W5MDB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Under the excellent supervision of W5YI VEC Allan Batteiger, WB5QNG, we've successfully tested over 70 new and upgrading hams by remote since April 24.
    73 Mike W5MDB
    KD5BVX, KI7TBU, KH6KG and 7 others like this.
  7. KA2PBO

    KA2PBO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't think the hobby would have died in the month or two that the stay at home orders will be in place.Unless your sayin we're never leaving our homes again.We lose alot of new hams after they pass the ham cram exam and never follow up with them .Many leave having a callsign and not knowing what to do next. But at least showing up for the exam , they would be talking to fellow hams. I delivered radiograms to a few local hams . They didnt know what a radiogram was. They didnt know what DXing was or how to set up a station in their house. But at least they knew the name of the local club that gave the exam. Now your saying someone can study at home AND take the exam at home ?I think its great for the physically challenged or the Alaska situation but I dont think the hobby needs to sever what little human to human contact we still have.
    Last edited: May 5, 2020
    KD0QG, KI7TBU, AC2FO and 10 others like this.
  8. KI7HSB

    KI7HSB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well... There goes the neighborhood...
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  9. K9GLS

    K9GLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why not? It's why we have FT8, contesting, "short time no comment" texting, etc...society is pulling away from human to human contact even before the Wuhan clap got a hold of us. Absolutely nothing stopping someone from testing online and having Youtube as an elmer (what a goofy damn name) and not having to see a single human in the process. It's a great time to be a hermit. The local clubs have discouraged enough new amateur radio operators with their arrogant cliqueish behavior that it would serve some of them right to fold up but I digress.
    KI5AAI, N6ATF, KI7DAX and 7 others like this.
  10. N6HCM

    N6HCM Ham Member QRZ Page

    This whole nonsense is an embarrassment to any ham worth their salt. You can earn fully certified academic degrees entirely online yet people are still nattering on about the pros and cons of online license testing. For a hobby that should, by most measures, be all into this amateur radio sure has dropped the ball.
    N3UPM, KA0USE, K4PIH and 21 others like this.

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