KCARC Field Day 2022

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June,  the KCARC and more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

This year the KCARC will be back at the Hamby Volunteer Fire Department Station located at 4408 Hwy 351.

Our Schedule of Events:
Saturday
Set up 9am
1pm Start Operating
6pm Dinner – Bring a side dish, the meat is provided by the club (Donations accepted)
Sunday
10am  VE Testing Session
1pm Break down

We welcome the public to come learn more about ham radio.

VE Test Session May 7th

Our next VE Test Session will be held at the Mall Library in Abilene on Saturday May 7th, 2022 at 1 p.m. CST.

If you wish to test you must be preregistered. You will also need to have a Federal Registration Number or FRN from the FCC. Go to: https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do to obtain your number.

Please email me at: WT5X@WT5X.org  for instructions on what you will need to bring to the test session.

Good Luck!
de RJ,
WT5X

Test Session, April 7

We will be having an unscheduled VE test session Thursday night, 4/7 at 7pm, at the Mall branch of the Abilene Public Library. This could be the last session prior to the FCC implementing their new fee. Currently the administrative fee is $15.00. If you are ready to test this is an open session. Please let me know. WT5X@WT5X.ORG.
73 and good luck
Ron
WT5X
VE Liason

ARRL News | New FCC Application Fee Will Not Apply To Amateur Radio License Upgrades

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.
We are pleased that the FCC will not charge licensees the FCC application fee for license upgrade applications,” said ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. “While applicants for a new license will need to pay the $35 FCC application fee, there will be no FCC charge for future upgrades and administrative updates such as a change of mailing or email address. Most current licensees therefore will not be charged the new FCC application fee until they renew their license or apply for a new vanity call sign.”
ARRL previously reported that the new $35 application fee for Amateur Radio licenses will become effective on April 19, 2022. Further information and instructions about the FCC Application Fee are available from the ARRL VEC.

New Amateur Radio License Applications Fee To Become Effective April 19, 2022

A Public Notice released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 23, 2022, in MD Docket No. 20-270, announced that new application fees for Wireless Telecommunications Bureau applications will become effective on April 19, 2022. The new fees, mandated by Congress, apply to applications for Amateur Radio licenses including those associated with filing Form 605, the Amateur Operator/Primary Station Licensee Application.

Effective April 19, 2022, a $35 fee will apply to applications for a new Amateur Radio license, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call signs.

Anticipating the implementation of the fee in 2022, the ARRL Board of Directors, at its July 2021 meeting, approved the “ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program.” Under the program, ARRL will cover a one-time $35 application fee for license candidates younger than 18 years old for tests administered under the auspices of the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC). Qualified candidates also would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC. ARRL is finalizing details for administering the program.

ARRL had filed comments in opposition to imposing a fee on Amateur Radio license applications. The FCC initially proposed a higher, $50 fee. In a Report and Order (R&O), released on December 29, 2020, the amount was reduced — the FCC agreeing with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was “too high to account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications.”

ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, explained that all fees are per application. “There will be no fee for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address. The fees will be the responsibility of the applicant regardless of filing method and must be paid within 10 calendar days of FCC’s receipt of the application. For applications filed by a VEC, the period does not begin until the application is received by the Commission, a ULS file number assigned, and an email sent by the FCC directly to the applicant.

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not collect the $35 fee at license exam sessions. New and upgrade candidates at an exam session will continue to pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual, and pay the new, $35 application fee directly to the FCC by using the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES – Login).

When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each successful candidate who then will have 10 calendar days from the date of the email to pay. After the fee is paid and the FCC has processed an application, examinees will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license or explanation of other action. The link will be good for 30 days.

Somma also explained that applications that are processed and dismissed will not be entitled to a refund. This includes vanity call sign requests where the applicant does not receive the requested call sign. “The FCC staff has suggested that applicants for vanity call signs should first ensure the call signs requested are available and eligible for their operator class and area, and then request as many call signs as the form allows to maximize their chances of receiving a call sign.”

Further information and instructions about the FCC Application Fee are available from the ARRL VEC at www.arrl.org/fcc-application-fee. Details for the ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program will be similarly posted there, when available.

VE Test Session, April 2

HAM RADIO LICENSE TEST SESSON SATURDAY April 2, 2022
Need a ham license or want to upgrade your license? Our next VE Test Session will be held at the Mall Library in Abilene on Saturday April 2, 2022 at 1 p.m. CST.
If you wish to test you must be preregistered. You will also need to have a Federal Registration Number or FRN from the FCC. Go to: https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do to obtain your number.
Please email me at: daled43@gmail.com for instructions on what you will need to bring to the test session.

VE Test Session March 5th

Our next VE Test Session will be held at the Mall Library in Abilene on Saturday March 5, 2022 at 1 p.m. CST.

If you wish to test you must be preregistered. You will also need to have a Federal Registration Number or FRN from the FCC. Go to: https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do to obtain your number.

Please email me at: WT5X@WT5X.org  for instructions on what you will need to bring to the test session.

Good Luck!
de RJ,
WT5X

Abilene Test Session February 5th

Need a ham license or want to upgrade your license?

Our next VE Test Session will be held at the Mall Library in Abilene on Saturday February 5, 2022 at 1 p.m. CST.

If you wish to test you must be preregistered. You will also need to have a Federal Registration Number or FRN from the FCC. Go to: https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do to obtain your number.

Please email me at: daled43@gmail.com for instructions on what you will need to bring to the test session.

VE Testing Session

VE Test Session Abilene
Saturday, September 4th 1:00 – 2:00pm
Every month on the first Saturday
Location:Abilene Public Library – South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd #1246, Abilene, TX 79606, USA

Description:NOTE: This may be the last exam session prior to the FCC imposed license fee of $35. 

Exam Candidates: You are REQUIRED to register in the FCC CORES system and receive a FCC Registration Number (FRN) before exam day. For FRN registration information, click this link… https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do

Click Here for FCC CORES Tutorial Videos.

If you haven’t preregistered for testing please do so prior to the test date.
Ron Harden, WT5X
wt5x@wt5x.org

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