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Accessed on 07 December 2019, 0205 UTC, Post 1777.
Source (email from Joseph Speroni (AH0A)-The ARRL Pacific Section Manager
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12:08 PM (3 hours ago)
Working with the ARRL VEC we conducted a remote VE session to upgrade a
US ham living in Okinawa to Extra Class. The session was conducted with
two Extra VEs in Okinawa and one in Honolulu. The entire session was
video recorded and saved to a library.
Using the ARRL VEC software, the exam was generated in Honolulu, just
minutes before the test started.
The process went smoothly and verified we can use it in the Pacific
Section to expand access to testing in remote areas where traveling or
scheduling may be an issue for some wanting to join the Amateur Radio
We are particularly interested in helping residents of Lanai, Molokai
and the Pacific territories getting an opportunity to get licensed.
Other remote communities may also be helped. The Okinawa group now has
three Extra class VEs so they can be self-sufficient.
The process outline by the ARRL VEC is flexible as to the qualifications
of a remote mentor who might not even have to be licensed.
We need to promote this new licensing option. Please pass the
information onto local clubs and groups, for example CERT teams, that
may be interested in having a remote examination.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to help schedule an exam.
ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A