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The VE Team of Kenny K7UM, Basil N7NIX, Corky AF4PM and Monte N7TAU held a Laurel VEC Ham Exam on Lopez on April 6th.

All hams are Technicians from Lopez except as noted. New hams – Renee KJ7FUS, Ken KJ7FLX (General), Dan KJ7FLY, Karen KJ7FLW, Kate KJ7FLV, Jessica KJ7FLU and Thomas KJ7FLT (General – Friday Harbor). Upgrades – Jeff KD7KAC (General), Alan KJ7BFC (Amateur Extra – Friday Harbor) and Brian K7BLS (Amateur Extra).

I credit 100% passing to hard work studying and an excellent Tech class by Corky AF4PM.

We have offered to order and program an HT for those who are interested. Clark K7LRK will hold a hands-on workshop on operating basics.

Brian K7BLS

We met in the downstairs meeting room at the Friday Harbor Key Bank

Highlights of the meeting include:

– Updates on San Juan County Auxiliary Communications Service

– An introduction to Northwest Digital Radio’s DRAWS


An updated calendar sheet as a PDF is now available, with corrections as of 3-8-2018.
SJCARS Calendar 2019

A copy is also posted in the files section of our Groups.io site: https://groups.io/g/sjcars

Scott W7SLM

The Lopez SJCARS hams will be holding another class for the Technician License for new hams. The class is a “test prep” class over two sessions, followed by the exam.

Technician Test Prep Class:

Lopez Library
2225 Fisherman Bay Road
Lopez Island, WA 98261
Session 1: Tuesday, April 2, 6-9PM
Session 2: Thursday, April 4, 6-9PM
Exam: Saturday, April 6 at 8-10AM
The exam is open to all, if you have studied independently or wish to upgrade your existing license. Please register for just the exam and bring a copy of your license. Photo ID is required, but there is no fee for the class or exam.

First Laurel VEC Exam

Just a quick update about our first Laurel VE testing session that took place on Friday Harbor last Saturday.

Bryan, Basil and I were the official VEs while Mike Sear, Dave Vandaveer, Ed Kelm and Paul Barger were observers.

We had six people test, five for their Tech and one upgrading to General. All passed, and as of about an hour ago their results are available in the FCC database.  This was a ‘beta test’ for the Laurel system and the first time I was the lead at a session. There were a few small issues, but nothing that we couldn’t handle onsite and can be take care of in the future. The feedback from the VE team and the observers was all positive. 
I have started pushing through additional applications for our VE team. I believe all of the initial Lopez team has been submitted and I’m working through the San Juan group now. The next scheduled test will be on Lopez and Basil will assume the team lead role. (Both Bryan and I plan on being there to help)  
Kenny K7UM

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?


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