AARC will be holding its quarterly VE (Volunteer Examiner) session where people can take exams to obtain or upgrade an Amateur Radio (ham radio) license.
Note that the breakfast bunch will be gathering at Panera Bread before the VE session.
Travel Advisory: The good news is there is no football game to disrupt traffic; unfortunately, at the time of this writing, the weather forecast for saturday includes snow, ice, rain, and freezing rain starting around noon.
Hourly forecast (Charlottesville)
reminder: Any member with an account on this system may update this story or add a comment with the latest information on snow cancellations, etc. Also, I would suggest that anyone considering coming from a distance check in with the contact person:
Sponsor: Albemarle ARC
Date: Dec 14 2013
Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: Mark J. Gorlinsky
Location: National Radio Astronomy Observatory HQ
520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville VA 22906-9999
There is normally a nominal fee to take the exam ($15?) to cover the cost of testing materials. This fee includes taking elements 2,3, and/or 4.
You will also have an opportunity to join the AARC and to join the ARRL at a discounted price.
This event is listed on the club calendar, if you want to add it to yours then go there.
For those who wish to do a rapid study for the exam, here is a site that lets you take the practice tests for free and for a small fee will also provide programmed learning (they guarantee you can pass the exam): Ham Test Online. They say the average study time for Technician exam is 10 hours. $25 for the Technician exam, slightly more for higher license grades. There is also a variety of free study materials online including practice exams, youtube videos of license classes, study guides, etc.