Announcements

Weekly Net meets every Monday at 9 PM local time on the club repeaters.

Check-ins taken via Netlogger, 145.390 (88.5),  443.575 (100.0), and 53.290 (100.0 or carrier squelch). If there are issues with the repeaters, the alternate repeater is 147.060 with a 88.5 tone. 

Please read the procedures used for the Monday Net at https://ajarc.org/radio-procedure-for-calling-weekly-net/

Until further notice, meetings will be held at announced locations.  Always listen to the Monday Net before the club meeting to get the latest meeting information or check here.

THE AJARC MONTHLY MEETING WILL  BE HELD  AT 7PM ON  May 3rd  at  7 PM at The Old Oak Taproom in the tent behind the building.  Come at 6 pm if you want to eat before the meeting.

Condolences to the family of Doyle Edmondson N4VV now a SK. 

HAMFEST!!!!!   Saturday April 16th at Greene County Fairgrounds!  Visit www.greenevillehamfest.com for more information – Last chance to avoid paying the new $35 FCC fee that will take affect April 19th if you are taking a license exam!

W4WC VEC LICENSE Testing Schedule:

WCARS VEC exams are offered by AJARC after each monthly meeting either before or after the meeting and require scheduling in advance.   The cost is $10 and must bring a valid ID and a copy of license with FRN if you are already licensed.   Due to COVID 19 our exams are now custom scheduled for other times and places.   To schedule an exam contact N4MRK at his QRZ page or through our contact page if you do not have QRZ access.

READ THE FOLLOWING IF YOU ARE ATTENDING ANY SCHEDULED VEC EXAM OR STUDY SESSION IN OUR AREA:

Visit the FCC link and register for a FRN if you do not have a license or previously registered with the FCC.  FCC FRN REGISTRATION INFORMATION.   The FRN becomes your FCC ID number.  NOW REQUIRED: Bring your FRN and 1 form of ID.  YOU MUST KEEP A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS ON FILE WITH THE FCC.    If you are upgrading, you must bring a copy of your existing license and if you have a pending upgrade (upgrade not posted yet in the ULS), you must bring the Certificate of Completion also.

All day study sessions that require no books or previous studying are given occasionally.  The study session is usually FREE.   All materials are supplied.  The format is to study the questions with only the correct answers in “cram” sessions.  There is a high success rate of passing.    For those that have studied independently and only want to take the exam, usually the instructors will ask you to show up around 3 PM for the exam portion.  There is a charge to take the exam which varies with each VEC group.  Always contact the sponsors to verify they will accept you to take only the exam.

Technician Exam Question Pool changes July 1st, 2022.  Exams given after July 1 will have a different question pool and will require new study material.  Make sure you have the new study material if you are taking an exam after July 1.

$35 License Fee will be taking effect on April 19th, 2022. 

FCC has set the date to be begin collecting a $35 fee for a 10-year amateur radio license. The fees will begin on April 19th of this year. These fees are to be paid online, by the amateurs themselves using the FCC’s CORES system. For many hams, this means dealing with both Volunteer Examiners as well as the FCC, in separate transactions. Even if you use self-service on the FCC’s website, the $35 fee still applies. Simple updates, such as name, street address, email address, or cancellation will not require a fee.

Read more about it at the ARRL at https://www.arrl.org/fcc-application-fee

The following application types will be subjected to the fee when the rule takes effect:  New, Modification ( Sequential call sign change), Renewal, and Vanity callsign requests. The FCC  will require the applicant to pay application fees directly to  the FCC via the License Manager system. VECs and VE teams will no collect the $35 fee at the session, only their testing fee.  The FCC will email the applicant when the application is received and applicants have 10 days to submit payment. 

According to an update released via ARRL NEWS, “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has clarified in response to an ARRL request that the new $35 application fee will not apply to most license modifications, including those to upgrade an Amateur Radio Licensee’s operator class and changes to club station trustees. The FCC staff explained that the new fees will apply only to applications for a new license, renewal, rule waiver, or a new vanity call sign. As previously announced, the new fees take effect on April 19, 2022.”   This is from a Facebook post by ARRL and not on their website.

There will be no fee for Administrative Updates (email or mailing address changes).

UPCOMING EXAMS AND STUDY SESSIONS:

EXAMS GIVEN AT GREENEVILLE HAMFEST on APRIL 16TH. Visit www.greeneville hamfest.com for more information.  This may be your last chance to avoid paying the $35 fee. 

W4WRE is offering monthly exams in Bulls Gap.  https://hamstudy.org/sessions/37743

Check with Larry KN4MVH if you are not on the membership list and need to pay dues. The membership list is updated on a regular basis.  If you need to pay your club dues,  you can mail KN4MVH a check via his QRZ or FCC address made out to Andrew Johnson ARC for $24.00 or send payment through Paypal.   Do not send money to the W4WC Trustee, N4FV. 

 Paypal payment buttons are now available for donations and dues.  They have been implemented under CLUB INFO, Member Info and Dues

TRIVIA NIGHT THUR EVENINGS 9 PM on 147.060 +600 88.5 tone – Suspended until tower repairs can be performed.

NEARBY HAMFEST SCHEDULE – VISIT WEBSITES FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION

 

April 16th, 2022.  Greeneville Hamfest at Greene County Fairgrounds in Greeneville TN.  www.greenevillehamfest.com

June 18th, 2022  –  Knoxville Hamfest   https://sites.google.com/a/w4bbb.org/rack/knoxville-hamfest

July 23rd, 2022.  Waynesville NC Hamfest https://wcars-club.org/hamfest-annual/docs/hfnotice.pdf

Status of other hamfests are not known at this time.

Greeneville Hamfest appreciates the support from these businesses for the 2021 Greeneville Hamfest – 

American Radio Relay League – BOOMCO – Gosnell’s TV

Greeneville Tailgate Party appreciates the support from Creamy Cup , Greenville City Schools, and the AJARC members who provided doughnuts.