Amateur Radio Exam Session

Jul 16 2012, 06:18
by wk1h
The Worcester Area VE Team will be holding an amateur radio test session for all license classes at Kaven Hall, Room 116, Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM.

If you have never registered with the FCC's ULS system and received a FRN number, please read the notice in the Read More link below.

We will try to provide a talk-in on the 145.310 / 449.025 W1WPI repeater. It is recommended that if you are not familiar with the WPI campus that you print out and bring with you the campus map.

Please bring:
  • AN ORIGINAL AND A PHOTOCOPY of your current license and any CSCEs or other paperwork you are submitting
  • A basic calculator
  • Two forms of state acceptable ID (one must be a picture ID)
  • $15 exam fee (if check, payable to "ARRL VEC")
  • Pen or pencil

The photocopies of your paperwork are very important as we must submit a copy of your records to the ARRL VEC if you are successful.

Any questions regarding this session can be directed to Gil Hayes WK1H or John Ruggiero N2YHK.


NOTICE ABOUT PRIVACY CONCERNS - FCC REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS


Some amateurs have been concerned over the FCC's requirement for your Social Security Number (SSN). The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, Public Law 104-134, requires all federal agencies to collect Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) from all persons doing business with the agency. This includes all applicants and holders of FCC licenses. For an individual, your TIN is your SSN.

It is suggested that all applicants register in the FCC's Universal Licensing System to obtain an FCC Registration Number (FRN) prior to attending a VE session. When you register for an FRN, your SSN will not be disclosed to the public and it must be given only once. You may then use your FRN in place of your SSN on all future applications, including the Form 605 you will complete at the VE session. The Commission has taken several steps to ensure the privacy of your SSN. Electronic registration on the Internet is accomplished using the FCC's secure Web server.

To register for an FRN, go to http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls and click on REGISTER. Once you obtain your FRN, write it down and bring it with you to the VE session. Be sure to keep a record of your FRN and password for future use. If you do not register before the VE session, you will be required to provide your SSN on Form 605 at the VE session in order for your application to be processed.

Massachusetts State Triathlon Festival

Jul 06 2012, 11:25
by wk1h
WMA ARES Section Emergency Coordinator and WECT Secretary John Ruggiero N2YHK is looking assistance with this season's Massachusetts State Triathlon Festival in Winchendon at the Lake Dennison Recreation Area. This year the event will run for two days. Saturday July 14 there will be a Coed Olympic Distance Race from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Sunday July 15 will feature a Title 9 Women Only Olympic Race from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Assignments will vary but will generally include various checkpoints along the route, start and finish line, and shadowing the triathlon coordinators. Times involved with each of the assignments will vary as well. Volunteers will need a dual band handheld with enough battery power to last the event, as well as refreshments and the proper attire for the weather that day. Be aware that courses involved have changed again from last year and cover more area involving even more hilly terrain, but a portable crossband repeater will continue to be used to service this event.

More details on this festival are available on the Max Performance website. For more details on the amateur radio assignments or to sign up contact John N2YHK, and please let John know which day(s) you are signing up for.

Amateur Radio Exam Session in Gardner

Jun 03 2012, 18:56
by wk1h
The Worcester Area VE Team will be holding a special amateur radio exam session in Gardner to follow up for a Technician licensing course taught there. The session will also be open to the public and for all license classes.

This session will be held at South Gardner Fire Station #1 / EOC, 2nd floor, 61 East Broadway, Gardner, MA (at the intersection with Prospect Street) on Saturday June 16 at 9:00 AM.

If you have never registered with the FCC's ULS system and received a FRN number, please read the notice in the Read More link below.

We will try to provide a talk-in on the 145.370 MHz W1GCD repeater.

Please bring:
  • AN ORIGINAL AND A PHOTOCOPY of your current license and any CSCEs or other paperwork you are submitting
  • A basic calculator
  • Two forms of state acceptable ID (one must be a picture ID)
  • $15 exam fee (if check, payable to "ARRL VEC")
  • Pen or pencil

The photocopies of your paperwork are very important as we must submit a copy of your records to the ARRL VEC if you are successful.

Any questions regarding this session can be directed to Gil Hayes WK1H or John Ruggiero N2YHK.
*** NOTICE ABOUT PRIVACY CONCERNS - FCC REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS ***

Some amateurs have been concerned over the FCC's requirement for your Social Security Number (SSN). The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, Public Law 104-134, requires all federal agencies to collect Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) from all persons doing business with the agency. This includes all applicants and holders of FCC licenses. For an individual, your TIN is your SSN.

It is suggested that all applicants register in the FCC's Universal Licensing System to obtain an FCC Registration Number (FRN) prior to attending a VE session. When you register for an FRN, your SSN will not be disclosed to the public and it must be given only once. You may then use your FRN in place of your SSN on all future applications, including the Form 605 you will complete at the VE session. The Commission has taken several steps to ensure the privacy of your SSN. Electronic registration on the Internet is accomplished using the FCC's secure Web server.

To register for an FRN, go to http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls and click on REGISTER. Once you obtain your FRN, write it down and bring it with you to the VE session. Be sure to keep a record of your FRN and password for future use. If you do not register before the VE session, you will be required to provide your SSN on Form 605 at the VE session in order for your application to be processed.

New England Season Opener Triathlon

May 02 2012, 06:10
by wk1h
WMA ARES Section Emergency Coordinator and WECT Secretary John Ruggiero N2YHK is looking for assistance with the New England Season Opener Triathlon at the Hopkinton State Park on Sunday, May 13 from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Assignments will vary but will generally include various checkpoints along the route, start and finish line, and shadowing the triathlon coordinators. Times involved with each of the assignments will vary as well. Volunteers will receive tickets for a professionally catered BBQ lunch, as well as a technical fabric t-shirts, instead of cotton. The ham radio team will also be provided with our own 10x10 tent to coordinate our efforts. More details on the triathlons are available on the Max Performance website.

For more details on the amateur radio assignments or to sign up contact John N2YHK, and let John know if you have UHF equipment with DCS / DPL when you sign up.

Quarterly Meeting on May 23

May 01 2012, 11:14
by wk1h
We will be holding our next Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday May 23 at 7:00 PM in Meeting Room A at 50 Skyline Drive. The meeting is for all team members and anyone interested in our team.

Our agenda will be several topics:
  • Updates on various news items concerning the team
  • WECT badge photos and information submission
  • Field Day update
  • Nominations to office
  • Presentation on digital phone modes used on VHF and above (P25, DSTAR, etc.)

Hope to see you there!

Field Day 2012

Apr 30 2012, 18:15
by wk1h
Field Day is on its way!

Mark your calendars for June 23 and 24. If you are an amateur radio licensee (regardless if you are a member of our team or not) and would like to participate in our Field Day activity, please sign up using the online form. Our event will be at the National Guard Building at 50 Skyline Drive in Worcester.

Our open house for the general public will be from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday June 23. If you don't have an amateur radio license, please feel free to come up at that time to check out our team, station, and operation. You'll even have the opportunity to get on the air and make some contacts yourself! No sign up is required for people that don't have an amateur radio license, just come up and we'll be happy to show you around!

More details can be viewed on our Field Day 2012 information page. This year our Field Day Event Coordinator will again be Dirk Hart KB1HKN. Any and all questions relating to our Field Day event can be sent to him.

See you at Field Day!

March of Dimes Worcester

Apr 13 2012, 12:09
by wk1h
ARRL Western MA Section Emergency Coordinator and WECT Secretary John Ruggiero N2YHK is looking for about 6 - 9 amateur radio operator volunteers to assist with communications for this year\'s March for Babies in Worcester. The event is on Sunday, April 29 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in downtown Worcester.

Typical assignments include NCS, Victory Vans, Shadows, Checkpoints and Observation Points. Radio operators will need an HT with batteries to last a few hours. Speaker-Mics and/or headset/headphones are suggested. A small mobile antenna is a good idea if you are put in a vehicle.

For details or to sign up, email John N2YHK.

Groton Road Race

Apr 12 2012, 05:54
by wk1h
Team Members Ralph Swick KD1SM is looking for 30 to 40 amateur radio operators for the Groton Road Race on Sunday April 29 from 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM (although times vary greatly by assignment).

Volunteers will need a 2M HT and battery power to last through the event. Lunches and drinks should be provided to volunteers, but it may be wise to bring these just in case. Some assignments may allow for volunteers to be near their vehicles, but not inside them. All volunteers should also be dressed appropriately for the weather that day.

Ralph\'s description of the event:

\"The 2012 Groton Road Race is fast approaching; this race this year is scheduled for Sunday April 29 -- five weeks from today.

The Squannacook River Runners and the Groton Police Department rely on the support of Amateur Radio operators to help keep this event safe for everyone. This is one of our premier activities for gaining community visibility. Despite the visibility this is a fairly easy event for us; we get to watch a thousand or more runners do their thing. Many will take the time to shout words of thanks to us as they pass.

It takes 30 to 40 radio operators to shadow the event officials and fill all the stations around the 10k course in the afternoon. The 5k course in the morning overlaps with the parking stations so we don\'t get away with very many fewer in the morning.

I hope you\'ll be able to join us this year; please let me know. If you have not participated before and have questions about what would be expected of you if you were to volunteer, please ask. If you have participated before and still have questions, please ask those too.\"


If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Ralph KD1SM.