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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.



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