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Nov
19
Sun
Technician License Class – November Sunday Test @ Graton Fire Protection District Firehouse
Nov 19 @ 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Welcome to the exciting world of Ham Radio!

Technician License Class

Our next Technician License class will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and Suncay, November 19, 2017.   The Saturday class will begin at 8:00AM and continue until 6PM.  The Sunday class will begin at 8:00AM and end at 3:00PM when the Technician License Examination will be conducted by our team of SCRA Volunteer Examiners.  We will have frequent, short breaks during the class, and 45 minutes for a lunch break each day.  There will be an introductory class meeting on Friday, November 17th, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM to cover some of the class material in greater depth; and, we will also conduct a practice examination to provide you with useful feedback before the formal class.  Location for the class will be the training room at the Graton Fire Protection District Firehouse at 3750 Gravenstein Highway (State Route 116) North of Sebastopol, CA.

Our weekend Technician License classes have been very successful.   Since 2007 when SCRA started its weekend Technician license classes, over 250 people have obtained their amateur radio license.  In our July 2017 class, all nine students passed the exam on their first attempt.

Take our class if you are interested in obtaining your Technician Class ham radio license and obtaining valuable information relating to assembly and proper and safe operation of your amateur radio station.  Unlike cell phones, and family radio service (FRS) walkie-talkies, the amateur radio service is available only to qualified applicants, so you need to prepare ahead of the examination.  Our class will give you the background to understand and enjoy amateur radio!

The Technician License test covers basic rules, operating practices and radio theory and must be passed in order to qualify for, and obtain, your ham radio license.  You should expect to be successful with this entry level test, providing you prepare for your license in the weeks before the class. The study material is not hard, but needs to be covered before you join our class and take the test.

There is no charge for our class.  The Volunteer Examiner testing fee is $15.00.  Check our VE Exam schedule under the Events tab for times and places for license examinations throughout the year.

If you would like to be in our class, please contact me directly via email.  We have study materials available now, and we strongly recommend you  get started with your pre-class preparation as soon as you can!  There is no charge for the class itself, but it requires prestudy of the Gordon West Technician Class study materials.  Cost for the study materials, including the Gordon West 244 page Technician Class study manual, is $20.00, and you can arrange for pickup from me.  Or, you can order the book directly from the publisher:  www.w5yi.org.   We will be using Gordo’s proven study guide and method in this class.  Virtually every one of our students passed the Technician License exam on their first attempt.  Our method works!

If you would like to register for our November class, please contact me, so that I can add your name to the list before the class fills up.  We can handle a maximum of 16 students.

GENERAL CLASS or EXTRA CLASS license upgrade?  Contact me and we’ll advise you concerning self-study assistance  if that would be helpful. Mentors for SCRA members desiring to upgrade are always available to help.

We at SCRA look forward to hearing from you.

73

Dave Harrison W6IBC, SCRA Education Chair
Sonoma County Radio Amateurs

 w6ibc@arrl.net

Nov
21
Tue
Tuesday Net
Nov 21 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sonoma County Radio Amateurs’ net meets Tuesday at 7:00 PM on the SCRA repeater, 147.315, positive offset, PL 88.5

All members and guests are invited to check in. The Net includes updates on SCRA activities, and Newsline, the amateur radio community news service.


Anyone wishing to work as net control should contact Iola, KK6HRE, at iolabeckley@att.net for assignment.  Script and logs are available on the Website at http://sonomacountyradioamateurs.com/wp/resources/net-script/

Joe, K6AWA, conducts a 10 meter Net beginning at 8:00 PM on Tuesday on 28.403 Mhz. This is in the Technician portion of the band and all amateurs can participate for an informal introduction to High Frequency Radio and talk radio.

10M Net
Nov 21 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

10 Meter Net

There will be a net on 10 meters hosted by Joe K6AWA at 8:00pm following the regular SCRA net Tuesday nights.

Set your dial to 28,403.00 SSB, USB. (New Frequency)

Please note that all license classes (including technician) are welcome.

Nov
28
Tue
Tuesday Net
Nov 28 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sonoma County Radio Amateurs’ net meets Tuesday at 7:00 PM on the SCRA repeater, 147.315, positive offset, PL 88.5

All members and guests are invited to check in. The Net includes updates on SCRA activities, and Newsline, the amateur radio community news service.


Anyone wishing to work as net control should contact Iola, KK6HRE, at iolabeckley@att.net for assignment.  Script and logs are available on the Website at http://sonomacountyradioamateurs.com/wp/resources/net-script/

Joe, K6AWA, conducts a 10 meter Net beginning at 8:00 PM on Tuesday on 28.403 Mhz. This is in the Technician portion of the band and all amateurs can participate for an informal introduction to High Frequency Radio and talk radio.

10M Net
Nov 28 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

10 Meter Net

There will be a net on 10 meters hosted by Joe K6AWA at 8:00pm following the regular SCRA net Tuesday nights.

Set your dial to 28,403.00 SSB, USB. (New Frequency)

Please note that all license classes (including technician) are welcome.

Dec
2
Sat
VE Testing – HAM Licensing @ Varies - See Description
Dec 2 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VE Testing

A VE/VEC are volunteers who give out the test(s) for new and upgrades in licensing. The F.C.C. (Federal Communication Commission) does not test for Ham/Amateur Radio licenses anymore.

 Upcoming Exam Sessions:

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 am, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 9:00 am, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00 am, Bennett Valley Hall

If you’ve been studying for a new license or upgrade, your next opportunity to take your test is coming up on Saturday, March 12, at 9:00 am. The location will be the Bennett Valley Hall, located at 4145 Grange Rd, in Santa Rosa.

Directions to Bennett Valley Hall:

From Hwy 101, take Highway 12 East to Farmers   Lane. Turn right onto Farmers Lane and then left onto Bennett Valley Road. Stay on Bennett Valley Road approximately 4.1 miles and turn right onto Grange Road. Bennett Valley Hall is 0.5 miles from Bennett Valley Road on the right.

Walk-ins will be accepted and all test elements will be administered.

Time: The exam session will take place from 9:00 until noon. Please arrive by 8:45am to be signed in. Testing will begin shortly thereafter.

Candidates should bring the following:

  • One (1) photo ID or two (2) non-photo ID
  • Social Security Number (if not currently licensed) or FCC Registration Number (FRN, if licensed)
  • Original and photocopy of your current amateur radio license (if licensed)
  • Original and photocopy of any valid CSCEs (if applicable)
  • Original and photocopy of any documents submitted for exam credit (see Exam Element Credit below)
  • #2 Pencil and eraser
  • $15.00 exam fee. Checks may be made payable to “ARRL-VEC”

Calculators may be used, but it must be demonstrated that all memories and programs have been erased. The calculator function in a cell phone or PDA may not be used! If you have any special needs, please contact Brian Torr, N6IIY in advance.

Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses

The FCC now offers partial credit for expired General, Advanced or Extra Amateur Radio licenses. A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current 35-question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documents to obtain this credit. For information on where to obtain such documents, refer to the following URL (expand the link to “Valid Forms of Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses”)

http://www.arrl.org/exam-element-credit

Please have these documents before appearing at a VE exam session.

Good Luck!

Brian Torr, N6IIY
n6iiy@arrl.net
(707) 575-5871

Dec
5
Tue
Tuesday Net
Dec 5 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sonoma County Radio Amateurs’ net meets Tuesday at 7:00 PM on the SCRA repeater, 147.315, positive offset, PL 88.5

All members and guests are invited to check in. The Net includes updates on SCRA activities, and Newsline, the amateur radio community news service.


Anyone wishing to work as net control should contact Iola, KK6HRE, at iolabeckley@att.net for assignment.  Script and logs are available on the Website at http://sonomacountyradioamateurs.com/wp/resources/net-script/

Joe, K6AWA, conducts a 10 meter Net beginning at 8:00 PM on Tuesday on 28.403 Mhz. This is in the Technician portion of the band and all amateurs can participate for an informal introduction to High Frequency Radio and talk radio.

10M Net
Dec 5 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

10 Meter Net

There will be a net on 10 meters hosted by Joe K6AWA at 8:00pm following the regular SCRA net Tuesday nights.

Set your dial to 28,403.00 SSB, USB. (New Frequency)

Please note that all license classes (including technician) are welcome.

Dec
6
Wed
Holiday Party 2017 @ Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center
Dec 6 @ 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

SCRA Holiday Party

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:30 pm until ~9:30 pm Dinner will be served at 6:30pm

Where: Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa

What: Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert. Roast Turkey, Ham, Coffee, and Tea provided. You are welcome to bring your own beverages.

How Much: $ 8.00 per person (must be received by Friday,  Dec 1.

RSVP Required   Door Prize: Yaesu FT-60 Handheld Radio

Questions? Call Brian Torr at 575-5871 or e-mail to n6iiy@arrl.net

To RSVP, either:

1. Fill out form below, detach, and mail to: SCRA, PO Box 116, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0116

SCRAXMASDinner2017

Mail-in Sign-Up Form

OR

2. Sign-Up on the SIGN-UP PAGE and purchase tickets via PayPal at the SCRA store. RSVP must be received by Friday, December 1, 2017.

Dec
12
Tue
Tuesday Net
Dec 12 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sonoma County Radio Amateurs’ net meets Tuesday at 7:00 PM on the SCRA repeater, 147.315, positive offset, PL 88.5

All members and guests are invited to check in. The Net includes updates on SCRA activities, and Newsline, the amateur radio community news service.


Anyone wishing to work as net control should contact Iola, KK6HRE, at iolabeckley@att.net for assignment.  Script and logs are available on the Website at http://sonomacountyradioamateurs.com/wp/resources/net-script/

Joe, K6AWA, conducts a 10 meter Net beginning at 8:00 PM on Tuesday on 28.403 Mhz. This is in the Technician portion of the band and all amateurs can participate for an informal introduction to High Frequency Radio and talk radio.

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