Kendall Amateur Radio Society

   KB5TX


Meetings, Training and Testing

Meetings

Our normal meeting location is the Emergency Management Services (EMS) Building Training Room, 1175 N. Main St., Boerne, TX 78006.  Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month and convene at 1900 (7:00 PM).  Enter through the door at the Southeast corner of the building.  Alternatively, we sometimes use the Boerne Police Department Headquarters building when the EMS building is not available.  Any change in location will be posted on our home page and a picture and address of the alternate location will be shown here.

Boerne EMS

Training

There are many sources for self-study materials for your first and successive Ham Licenses.  Among the best are those offered by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  We will assign a mentor to help you select materials appropriate for the license class you wish or qualify for.  This mentor will then help you through the materials, so you will feel confident when you feel you are ready to take the examination.  Please -- do not call your mentor with a question in the middle of the night.

Preparation

Start with the ARRL book store.  Buy the reference manuals for license levels you will prepare for at http://www.arrl.org/shop/Licensing-Education-and-Training/.  Next, look at the web site area http://www.arrl.org/question-pools which give “how to” information about the tests.  You will need the study manual which will give you all the technical details behind the various questions, and the question pool which is available to download and for your Kindle.  You will also need a simple hand held calculator with enough power to do square route calculations.

Our suggestion is to read the study manual, understand the materiel and how to work the mathematical problems.  With this, then go through the question pool time and again.  Download the question pool to your PC and, if you wish, to your Kindle.

Know the band plans and the segments authorized for the level of license you are to be examined.

For Technician, know Ohm's Law, how to use it and how to do the related math.  The math will become more complicated as you test for General and Extra.  Work the problems time and again until you know the answers by examination.

You will not be allowed to use a programmable calculator during the exam.  We avoid any problem by having a simple calculator available for use by the examinee.

This is not hard!  Follow these suggestions and you will be ready to take your license examination in a very short period of time.

Testing

Volunteer Examiners:  KARS has 11 VE's and can test candidates for Technician, General, and Extra Class licenses.  Register before hand so we can be prepared to test.  Do not try to walk in.

When: On the first Thursday of each month. Come at 1800 (6 PM) to have time to do the paperwork.  Testing will commence at 1830 (6:30 PM) providing enough time to complete your test before our regular monthly meeting which commences at 1900 (7:00 PM).

Location: Boerne, TX, at the Emergency Management Services (EMS) building on the north side of town.  See our location information above for specific location information.

Exam Candidates:

The FCC is now requiring those wishing to test to register with the FCC first to to obtain their FRN (Federal Registration Number) prior to their testing session as we will now need this and can no longer accept your SSN.  Please log into the ARRL web page at http://www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session which describes all requirements.  You do not need to be an ARRL member.

FCC to Require Email Address with Applications and on File. Log into the ULS License Manager System with your FRN and password to update your FCC license record.  See FCC to Require Email Address on Applications Starting on June 29, 2021 (arrl.org).

FCC to Require Email Address with Applications and on File. Log into the ULS License Manager System with your FRN and password to update your FCC license record.  See FCC to Require Email Address on Applications Starting on June 29, 2021 (arrl.org).

What to bring: Please see the ARRL web page at <http://www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session> for these details.  Biggest change - you must apply for an FRN (Federal Registration Number) first.  See above, and the link for these details. Then, if applicable, your original license plus 1 photocopy and any CSCE's (Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination) plus 1 photocopy, to be attached to your application.  For those not yet licensed,  bring a valid photo ID (see the ARRL web site if you don't have a photo ID), your FRN, plus $15.00 cash payment. Above all, go to the ARRL web site, read and comply with all the applicable instructions before you appear to be tested.

Contact: Brad Peace

Phone: (210) 725-9508

Email: Testing

 

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