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Dixie Amateur Radio ClubUtah's "Dixie" is located in southwestern Utah






About the Dixie Amateur Radio Club


MONTHLY GENERAL CLUB MEETING INFORMATION

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The next "regular" monthly club meeting of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc. will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Club Meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month except in December when an informal social event/dinner is scheduled).

Unless otherwise advertised here on this web site, our Club's meetings will be held at the St. George Community Building.

The St. George Community Building is found at the southwest corner of Washington County's Gayle M. & Mary Aldred Senior Citizens Center property, which is located at 245 North 200 West, St. George, Utah.    


WHAT IS THE TOPIC OF UPCOMING MEETING?:

At the August 16th meeting:
  • Check back later for the topic of this meeting!

EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT OUR CLUB MEETINGS!

Besides our Club members, who are always encouraged to attend our club meetings, anyone in the community who has an interest in learning more about Amateur Radio is invited to attend.  There is no better way to learn about Amateur Radio than coming out to a club meeting, introducing yourself, and asking questions. The only "dumb" questions are ones that are not asked. Please come and ask!  There will be someone there willing to continue the long-standing tradition in ham radio of taking a prospective Amateur under their wing and tutoring you (known in ham radio parlance as "Elmering"- the tutor being your "Elmer").

MEETINGS OF THE CLUB'S ELECTED BOARD:

Please see the DARC Board page (see "DARC Board" link at bottom of any page on this site) for information on the Club Board meetings. All members of the Club and the public are invited to attend and observe Board Meetings.

MAP OF CLUB MEETING LOCATION:

Click on this LINK to view the regular Club Meeting location on Google Maps. If the location is changed for a particular meeting it will be announced above and on the Club's web site home page and in the current Club Newsletter.


AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMS                   

The following  should provide all of the information you will need prior to coming in for your exam.                   

Monthly Exams are on the 3rd Wednesday, except in December:

For those wanting to take the FCC test for a new Amateur Radio license or upgrade to a higher license class, there is a regularly scheduled ARRL Volunteer Examiner-administered exam test session held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, except in December. 

The test session is held prior to the Club's monthly meeting that follows after the V.E. session. 

The monthly V.E. exam is held at the same location as the Club Meeting that follows at 7:00 p.m.:
St. George Community Building, located at the southwest corner of Washington County's Gayle M. & Mary Aldred Senior Citizens Center property, which is located at 245 North 200 West, St. George, Utah

Upcoming Dates in 2017 for the 3rd Wednesday of each month*
V.E. Test sessions held at the Club Meeting location in St. George,
 beginning
at 5:30 p.m.
August  16,  September 20,
 October 18,  November 15

(*There is no 3rd Wednesday session in December)

We also have 6 additional exam sessions scheduled on specific Saturdays each year:

In addition to the eleven monthly 3rd Wednesday test sessions (January through November), we offer V.E. sessions on six Saturdays each year. They are scheduled on the 2nd Saturday of each of the even-numbered months during the year.  This is so those who cannot participate in the monthly 3rd Wednesday V.E. exam session will have an opportunity to take a test with our V.E. team.

The Saturday sessions will be held at the Hurricane City Branch Library, in the Conference Room and will start at 1:00 p.m.   The address of the Hurricane Library is 36 South 300 West, Hurricane, Utah

Upcoming Dates in 2017 for our 2nd Saturday of even months
V.E. Test Sessions held at the Hurricane Branch Library,
beginning at 1:00 p.m.
October 14, December 9

(Note: Exams are on 2nd Saturday of each even numbered month during the year)


Important new information regarding the NVEC Quick-Form 605 Application "Basic Qualification Question" :

The NVEC Quick-Form 605 Application for Amateur Operator/Primary Station License that the ARRL-VEC uses, will now ask a yes or no question as to whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony. The FCC said this revision is “consistent with application forms for other Commission services.”  The new NVEC Quick-Form 605 must be used on and after September 7, 2017; the current Form 605 will become obsolete and no longer will be accepted.

Our V.E. Team will provide the new NVEC Quick-Form 605 starting at our September 20, 2017 session in St. George.  It is the applicant's responsibility to answer this question truthfully. We will not ask any follow-up questions, and we will keep the NVEC Quick-Form 605 you fill out private.  We will, however, refer ALL applicants to the new "Basic Qualification Question" on the front of the NVEC Quick-Form 605 information on the back of the NVEC Quick-Form 605 regarding the felony conviction question.   CLICK HERE to view what the new form will look like (a PDF file). 

While we, as Volunteer Examiners in the ARRL-VEC system, will send in the completed NVEC Quick-Form 605 application after you pass an exam element, if you answered "Yes" to the felony question, the FCC will not act on that application right away.

They will wait until they receive an exhibit from the applicant which is a written and signed statement "explaining the circumstances and giving the reasons why the applicant believes that grant of the application would be in the public interest notwithstanding the misconduct". (see below on the deadline to submit)

Please note that your “Yes” response will be publicly viewable in the Commission’s Universal Licensing System (ULS). 

While the Yes will be publically visable, the applicant may request that the exhibits submitted by the applicant be treated as confidential.  In order to seek confidential treatment, the applicant must include a separate written and signed request that the material not be made available for public inspection. The request must contain a statement of the reasons for the request, and must identify the portion(s) of the exhibit for which confidential treatment is requested. It is not sufficient to simply mark a document as “Confidential.” If the applicant does not request confidential treatment, the exhibit may be publicly viewable in ULS.

The required exhibit cannot be submitted through us a V.E.s or the ARRL-VEC.  the applicant must submit the exhibit to the Bureau by email to:  attach605@fcc.gov   or by postal mail to:

Federal Communications Commission
Application Exhibit
1270 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245

Applicants should not submit the exhibit until the batch filing has been received and the application has been assigned a 10-digit file number in ULS, which the applicant can find by conducting an Application Search in ULS: http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.htm?job=home, using his or her name or FCC Registration Number as the search parameter. Each exhibit should be clearly labeled with the applicant’s name and file number.

IMPORTANT!   The application will be subject to dismissal if the exhibit is not received by the FCC within 14 days from their receipt of the application.

CLICK HERE to view and/or print out a PDF of the formal FCC Public Notice regarding this.

CLICK HERE to view a news article about this on the ARRL web site.

CLICK HERE to read an arrticle on the ARRL web site that came out BEFORE the FCC Public Notice. It has additional information on this matter.


Tests are also  given by other ARRL-VEC affiliated groups across the USA:

Click on the THIS LINK to search in your particular area for an available test session.

General Information about our test sessions:

If you intend to take more than one class of license at the exam (such as if you pass the Technician and wish to attempt the General) please inform the V.E. team as soon as you arrive. We will do our best to accomodate you.  Also, if you happen to fail an exam element, you may make a second attempt to do so.  By policy,  we are required to collect an additional $15 fee for the "second" session which is treated just like a seperate session. If you pass the Technician and wish to try the General, you are not required to pay a second fee. We can explain this to you at the session.

"Walk-ins" are always welcome, especially those travelling from outside the area.  Sending the Test Session Liaison an e-mail is greatly appreciated!  This will give advance notice to the our V.E. Team of your intent to take a test and helps us to better prepare for that test session with the correct numbers of necessary exam materials and additional VE's on hand for large numbers of applicants.

We will open the doors to the Community Building at, or slightly before, 5:30 p.m. and we will begin to assist you in filling out the required test session registration paperwork.   We have the session scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. so that test session participants can have as much time as needed to complete their exam without the potential interruption and distraction from Club members arriving early for the general Club Meeting which follows at 7:00 p.m.   Those taking their tests should consider staying for the Club meeting after the exam session. Everyone is welcome at our Club meetings!  As soon as we have 3 Volunteer Examiners in attendance, and your paperwork is complete,  you will be able to begin taking your exam.   Thanks for your patience and cooperation in all of this.  Remember that we are volunteers!

Please see the information below so that you can come well prepared for the exam session:

What you need to bring:                                                                                                           
                          
  • You must present a current government issued photo identification.   
  • When you take your initial Amateur Radio License exam, because of the "The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996", you must list your Social Security number on the forms provided at the V.E. Session.  EXCEPTION:  That is the case unless you have already registered in the FCC's ULS System.  By regisetering in the ULS system you can obtain an FCC Registration Number (FRN) which can be placed on the forms at the exam session in place of using the Social Security number.  The Social Security number is required to be inputted online to obtain an FRN though.  To apply with the FCC for an FRN number you do so on the FCC's web site:  http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.htm      If you choose the ULS site, you will find a place where it tells you to "register with the FCC."  You do that, and you get an FRN. You can then bring that FRN to the session. Later, once you have your callsign, you go back to the ULS page and click on where it says "associate your FRN with a call sign" or something to that effect. Once you do that, your FRN is associated with your call sign.  From that time on, you can use that FRN to renew, update, modify or otherwise control your license.    
  • Youth applicants for an exam who are minors under driving age, must provide a valid school ID (with photo) or  provide a birth certificate. They must also have a parent or legal guardian in attendance at the time of registration for the exam.
  • VERY IMPORTANT!  - If you are upgrading, you must bring a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license that you will need to leave with the V.E. team. Do not bring your original license.  Only bring a photocopy!
  • Your original valid "Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE)" if you are claiming credit for an element previously earned.
  • You can bring a "simple" calculator.  You may not use an IPhone or Android (opr similar smartphone, etc.) for a calulator. We will provide a loaner 4 function calulator to anyone who desires to use a calculator during the exam. 
  • Please bring patience and a friendly attitude towards the Volunteer Examiners who you need should remember are volunteering their time to be there here to assist in your testing opportunity.  Our dedicated volunteers serve at 18 test sessions every year. That's pretty remarkable for an area our size.
  • The test session fee (see information below on "What does it cost?") is to be paid at the beginning of the session. This required fee is set by the Volunteer Exam Coordinator, which is the ARRL-VEC, and not the Club.
What you don't need to bring:
  • Any pens and/or pencils. These will be provided for you, as well as any necessary scratch paper.
  • Any FCC application forms. Please do not print one out in advance.  We will provide the correct forms for you.
  • We have all the forms and paperwork used for ARRL-VEC sponsored sessions and those will be provided for you to fill out at the beginning of the session.
What you cannot have during the session:
  • Any electronic devices such as PDA's (even if "just" using the calculator function). That includes smart phones, I-Pods and I-Phones, etc.   You may bring a simple 4-function calculator.  Our V.E. team also has a limited number of 4 function calculators that you may use during the session.
  • No headphones/earbuds/bluetooth phone headsets may be worn during the exam session.  This is to insure the integrity of the exam process for all involved.
  • PLEASE TURN OFF CELL PHONE RINGERS!!!
What you must not do during the session:                                                                                            

Talking amongst other applicants is not permitted at any time during the testing period.  You must not write in or make any notes or marks in the exam booklet!


What does it cost?

You must bring a personal check or a money order in the amount of $15.00 payable to "ARRL-VEC", or alternatively,  you may bring $15.00 cash to the test session.

If paying by cash, you must bring the exact amount only!  Do not count on any change being available!  We are not a bank or ATM - debit/credit cards cannot be used.

This required fee is set annually by the Volunteer Exam Coordinator (in our case the ARRL-VEC). This required fee is not set by the Dixie Amateur Radio Club, Inc.   It should be noted that the ARR-VEC has decided to leave the fee unchanged at $15.00 for exams in 2014.

If you do not have your fee at the beginning of the session, you will not be able to take a test. This is a program requirement. You must bring the required fee with you.

Are you a ARRL-VEC Certified Examineer who is willling and able to to help?

If you are already a ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiner who would like to help out at an upcoming session, please contact Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE.  If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Examineer, especially if you are an Extra Class licensee, please contact Gary.

What if you have a large group of potential exam applicants (i.e. Boy Scout troops, church groups, etc.):


From time to time larger groups and oganizations take part in organized classroom instruction in anticipation of testing to obtain an Amateur Radio license.  There is the opportunity to have the Club's Volunteer Examiner team schedule additional testing opportunities besides the monthly scheduled exam date that cooincides with the Club meeting.

Please contact Gary Zabriskie (see above) if you would like to discuss this option.  If such a test session is scheduled it will be advertised on the home page of the Club's web site.


Do I need to "Pre-Register" to take the exam?

You are not required need to.  As mentioned above, "walk-ins" are always accepted and welcomed. However, as a courtesy, if you are planning to upgrade or take your initial ham radio exam, please notify Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE, ARRL VEC-Volunteer Exam Session Liaison, via e-mail:  n7are@arrl.net .


Who are the ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners who may be conducting your exam sessions in St. George & Hurricane?:

ACTIVE ARRL-VEC VOLUNTEER EXAMINERS AT OUR SESSIONS

Name of  ARRL-VEC Accredited Volunteer Examiner:


Callsign of V.E.:


License Class of Examiner:
Total Number of V.E. Sessions Served at (as of 08/12/2017) :
 Bob Palambo**  K9ZWH
 Amateur Extra
 183
 Gary Zabriskie*
 N7ARE
 Amateur Extra  143
 Mike Blendermann
 K7IC
 Amateur Extra  135
 Robert "Bob" Vosper
 KZ1B Amateur Extra
 103
 Bindy Boylin
 KB6UJR
 Amateur Extra   92
 Mike Hamner
 KK7H
 Amateur Extra
  44
 Mac Harmer  K8NG  Amateur Extra   37
 Ric Wayman
 K7DLX
 Amateur Extra   27
 Sharlene Porter
 KF7LMX
 General Class
  25
 Raymond Porter
 AE7HX
 Amateur Extra   24
 Jeffrey Porter
 AI7D
 Amateur Extra   29
 Alfred Mott
 K7WAM
 Amateur Extra   14
 Ronald Chaffin, Jr.
 AG6QC
 Amateur Extra   15
 Michael Cartmill
 ACØPR Amateur Extra   15
 Roger Taylor  WA7DQQ  Amateur Extra     5
 Gerald "Jerry" Matson
 AC7QU
 Amateur Extra     4
 Chuck Wolcott
 KF7F
 Amateur Extra     3
 Thyra Dykes
 KI7IQN
            General Class
                2

AMATEURS IN THIS AREA WHO PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS V.E. EXAMINERS
 Ron Sappington #
 WI7Z
 Amateur Extra
  61
 Dan Farwell #
 W8EQA
 Amateur Extra
  57
 Dean Cox #
 NR7K
 Amateur Extra
  41
 James Marshall #
 NY7E
 Amateur Extra
  36
 Roy Lawson  N7PUX Amateur Extra    2
 Eric Feiler+  KE7ZDV General Class    2
 John Veranth+  N7LTX General Class    2
 Thomas Smith #
 K7AHD
 Amateur Extra    1
  *  V.E. Team/ARRL-VEC Primary Liaison  (e-mail:  n7are@arrl.net)
**  V.E. Team/ARRL-VEC Backup Liaison  (e-mail: palambo@q.com )
  From time to time a V.E. volunteer assists these two General Class V.E.s with Technician Class only license exams given in the town of Boulder, Utah.
  If any of these former V.E. Examiners need assistance with renewing their credentials with the ARRL-VEC, please contact Gary Zabriskie at this e-mail:  n7are@arrl.net


How many applicants were provided Amateur Radio exam opportunities in the past several years?

Members of the Dixie Amateur Radio Club who are ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners conduct 17 scheduled Amateur Radio test sessions each year here in southwestern Utah.

Please thank them when you see them.  They all devote a lot of time and effort to help serve the needs of the Amateur Radio community.







2016: 2015:
Thirteen ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners affiliated with the Dixie Amateur Radio Club conducted 17 seperate test session opportunities and served 95 individuals who took a total of 125 exam elements. Thirteen ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners affiliated with the Dixie Amateur Radio Club conducted 17 seperate test session opportunities and served 90 individuals who took a total of 105 exam elements.
  • CLICK HERE to view the V.E. Session Summary Report for 2016.  (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  • CLICK HERE to view the V.E. Session Summary Report for 2015.  (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  •  CLICK HERE to view the names and callsign of each volunteer examiner and the number of sessions each participated in during 2016.  (Note: link is to a pdf file
  •  CLICK HERE to view the names and callsign of each volunteer examiner and the number of sessions each participated in during 2015.  (Note: link is to a pdf file


2014:        
2013:
Fifteen ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners affiliated with the Dixie Amateur Radio Club conducted 17 seperate test session opportunities and served 100 individuals who took a total of 128 exam elements.
Eighteen ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners affiliated with the Dixie Amateur Radio Club conducted 18 seperate test session opportunities and served 76 individuals who took a total of 84 exam elements. 
  •  CLICK HERE to view the V.E. Session Summary Report for 2014.  (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  •  CLICK HERE to view the V.E. Session Summary Report for 2013.  (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  •  CLICK HERE to view the names and callsign of each volunteer examiner and the number of sessions each participated in during 2014.  (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  •  CLICK HERE to view the names and callsign of each volunteer examiner and the number of sessions each participated in during 2013.  (Note: link is to a pdf file)


2012:   2011:
Thirteen ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners affiliated with the Dixie Amateur Radio Club conducted 13 seperate test session opportunities and served 48 individuals who took a total of 55 exam elements.  Eleven ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners affiliated with the Dixie Amateur Radio Club conducted 13 seperate test session opportunities and served 57 individuals who took a total of 61 exam elements. 
  •  CLICK HERE to view the V.E. Session Summary Report for 2012. (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  •  CLICK HERE to view the V.E. Session Summary Report for 2011. (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  •  CLICK HERE to view the names and callsign of each volunteer examiner and the number of sessions each participated in during 2012.  (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  •   CLICK HERE to view the names and callsign of each volunteer examiner and the number of sessions each participated in during 2011.  (Note: link is to a pdf file)


2010: 2009:
Nine ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners affiliated with the Dixie Amateur Radio Club conducted 12 seperate test session opportunities (one each month) and served 72 individuals who took a total of 78 exam elements. 
Nine ARRL-VEC certified Volunteer Examiners affiliated with the Dixie Amateur Radio Club conducted 12 seperate test session opportunities (one each month) and served 79 individuals who took a total of  82 exam elements.  
  •  CLICK HERE to view the V.E. Session Summary Report for 2010. (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  •  CLICK HERE to view the V.E. Session Summary Report for 2009. (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  •  CLICK HERE to view the names and callsign of each volunteer examiner and the number of sessions each participated in during 2010.  (Note: link is to a pdf file)
  •  CLICK HERE to view the names and callsign of each volunteer examiner and the number of sessions each participated in during 2009.  (Note: link is to a pdf file)


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