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We will be holding a class for the Technician License for new Hams. The class is a “test prep” class over 2 sessions followed by the exam.

Technician Test Prep Class:

Friday Harbor Labs
620 University Rd
Friday Harbor WA 98250

Session 1: Tuesday February 19th at 1:30-3:30pm

Session 2: Thursday February 21st at 1:30-3:30pm

Exam: Saturday February 23rd at 11:00am

The exam is open to all. If you have studied independently, or wish to upgrade your license register as test only.

Please bring photo ID to the exam. There is no fee for the class or exam. The precise location will be provided when you register.


Highlights include discussions on club meeting days and locations, VE sessions, and the membership roster.

Minutes 2019-02

Highlights include:

• Discussion of where and when to hold meetings when Mullis is not available

• What is a VEC and how many of  them are there?

• What is a KiwiSDR receiver and where are they located?


To receive or upgrade your Ham License requires you to pass a test administered by 3 Volunteer Examiners or VEs. The VEs report to an FCC recognized Volunteer Exam Coordinator or VEC.

At the last Club Meeting I presented an alternative to using the ARRL as our Volunteer Exam Coordinator. Laurel VEC, from Laurel Maryland, is the third largest of the 14 FCC approved VECs, and has two main advantages over the larger ARRL and W5YI:

  • Tests are FREE, the others charge $15
  • Test packages are submitted electronically, so the testee receives their callsign within 24 Hours instead of 5-7 days.

Because of these advantages, Dayton Hamvention switched from ARRL to Laurel as their VEC in 2007.

Today San Juan County WA received accreditation to become a Laurel VE Team by Diane Zimmerman, AA3OF, the Chairman and Region 7 Coordinator. We’ve been placed under the management of Corey Johnson, NQ1E, the Seattle VE Team leader and manager.

Kenny Richards, NU7M, is our team leader and he is working with Corey to get us set up. Kenny is a ARRL, W5YI and Laurel VE already.

I will report to Kenny as San Juan Deputy and Basil will be the Lopez Deputy. We are looking to add a deputy for Orcas.

If you are interested in participating; join the sjcve google group.



This was our Christmas Potluck and annual officer elections meeting.


Highlights include:

• An overview of San Juan County ACS and a vsit with SJC DEM director

• Revisiting WSPR

• Dan’s trip to Pacificon 2018

• SJC has a connection to HamWAN


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I am very careful not to use the Club for promotion of our products at NW Digital Radio, the company that Basil and others are involved with.

OTOH This video from Julian, OH8STN in Finland, went Viral and we sold out our latest product release; the Digital Radio Amateur Work Station:


We’re starting our next build now. If you’re interested, follow our blog at NW Digital Radio

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