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Apr
7
Sat
VE Testing – HAM Licensing @ Varies - See Description
Apr 7 @ 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, February 3, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Rincon Valley Mobile Estates Club House, 4671 Circle Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, Bennett Valley Hall

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9:00 am to noon, 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, April 7, at 9:00 am. The location will be the Rincon Valley Mobile Estates Club House, 4671 Circle Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 for this exam session.

Directions to Bennett Valley Hall (for the rest of the sessions):

Bennett Valley Hall, located at 4145 Grange Rd, in Santa Rosa.
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

Apr
10
Tue
Tuesday Net
Apr 10 @ 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
Apr 10 @ 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.

Apr
11
Wed
Board of Directors Meeting @ Varies
Apr 11 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Board of Directors Meeting ~ 6:00pm.

January 2016 – Union Hotel, 80 Mission Blvd Santa Rosa, CA

No-Host Dinner @ 5:00pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Venue for the Board of Directors

Meeting to change periodically. Watch Short Skip, Iola’s weekly Blog of Reminders, and listen to the Tuesday night nets for location, or call Iola @ 707-538-2931.

Apr
13
Fri
Sonoma Family Life Magazine Camp Fair – SCRA Information Booth @ Coddintown Mall
Apr 13 @ 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sign-Up here.

The Community Outreach Committee will provide information and extend community awareness of Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (SCRA) and amateur radio in general.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share your passion of amateur radio with the community at large.

Setup is at 1300 breakdown 1915-2000. Macy’s side of Coddingtown Mall.

You will be amazed at the huge variety of summer camps  and new activities to be discovered at this one exciting fair. Feel free to talk face-to-face with camp directors and other experts. Everything from sewing, arts and music, to sports, fitness, and horseback riding camps, just to name a few. There’s something for everyone in your family!

This is a great showcase of all the best places. A chance to find your child’s dream school or that perfect summer or afterschool experience. Look for the family travel packages, party ideas, and so much more.

Enjoy on-stage performances by local groups. Check out the freebies, drawings, discounts, and other great prizes!

Don’t miss this FREE day, devoted to family and home. One day only rain or shine at the Coddingtown Mall, April 13th.

Apr
14
Sat
Lake Sonoma 50 – Radio Support @ Lake Sonoma South Lake Trailhead
Apr 14 @ 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Volunteer – Public Service Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma 50

DETAILS:

Operational Time: 0600-2000 Operational Area: Western Arm (Warm Springs Arm) of Lake Sonoma / Warm Springs Dam Net Control Location: South Lake Trailhead (off Skaggs Springs-Stewarts Point Rd) at the event’s Start-Finish What: 50 mile foot race [Ultra running event] Web Site: http://www.run100s.com/ls50.htm Repeater: No Comments: This event is run on remote trails behind Lake Sonoma. The club repeater and others are not reachable in this locale.

  • Operations for this event are in simplex, usually with HTs.
  • NC sets up at the South Lake Trailhead – same as Start-Finish for the event.
  • Traffic consists of tracking the top 10 male and female runners, aid station status and medical/lost runners.
  • Aid Stations are remote and sometimes require as much as 45 minutes to reach from NC. One requires a boat ride.

 

Apr
17
Tue
Tuesday Net
Apr 17 @ 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
Apr 17 @ 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.

Apr
24
Tue
Tuesday Net
Apr 24 @ 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
Apr 24 @ 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.

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