MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club announced it will sponsor the FCC-sanctioned ARRL/VEC license exams, for all three amateur licensing elements, Saturday at 10 a.m. The exam will be held at the Mount Vernon Fire Department Training Room at 200 W. Gambier St., Mount Vernon. Examinees should park in the rear from the Ohio Avenue side of the station.
The exams are open to anyone and there is no age requirement. There is a licensing exam fee. Licenses are good for a 10-year period and can be renewed at no cost. Test-takers should bring photo ID or two types of alternate ID. They will need to know their Social Security Number, their Tax Identification Number, or their FRN Number, if applicable. Licensed hams testing for an upgrade in their license should bring the original of their current license and any CSCE for elements they have passed in the past 12 months, if applicable.
Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a hobby in which hams communicate with other hams using voice, digital and Morse code modes on designated amateur radio bands. Amateur radio is also a service. Worldwide communication is possible. Ham operators have as their motto “When all else fails — Amateur Radio.” One of the key elements the FCC cites for its support of amateur radio is community service. Hams have been used to communicate in time of emergency when other communication systems have failed. Recent examples have been the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami of 2004 and, locally, as weather spotters during severe storm and tornado warnings.
Published on March 17, 2012