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March 2021 License Testing

Ham Radio VE Testing! TESTING, we are going to be testing in the Tri-Cities on March 21 at 1 PM. Here are the requirements for those wishing to test. There will be a limit of 15 people allowed to test. You must call me to preregister, at which time you will be given the test location. You will be required to provide and wear a face-mask and gloves while at the test site. You will have to pay the required test fee of $15. Please be prepared with EXACT cash, as no change will be provided. Also, a check payable to the ARRL will also serve as payment, for a cash-less transaction. You will need to go to the ARRL web site, and print out the following forms and number of copies each to complete in advance, and bring to test session.

Along with these the FCC is requiring that if you have no License that you go to the FCC web site and request a FRN number that you will then use on both the 605 and answer sheet instead of your social security number which the FCC will no longer except, To request a number. Also there is a new privacy statement which is posted at, And 1 last thing go to
Review, print out the forms request and obtain a FRN number.
With above, you will be required to bring your own pens, pencils and calculator. You can not use your cell phone for a calculator. Please be prepared with your PHOTO ID. If upgrading your current license, you will need to provide a photocopy of your current license, as it is sent in with the rest of your paper work. You will be allowed to take only 1 test and no more. Testing will be at a established business following state and local business requirements which will include, a medical history, your temp will be taken, while social distending directions will be adhered to. YOU MUST HAVE ALL OF THE ABOVE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR TESTING! If you arrive without any of the above, or show up NOT preregistered you will not be allowed to test. You will be given the address and reporting time when you preregister.
To preregister call 509-783-6236 Mike

New Call Signs From VFW Test Session

Call signs are out from our test session that was held for the Richland VFW class. I want to welcome this group of new hams that are all Veterans. Thank all of you for your service and congratulations on your new Lic. Matthew S. Tech. KJ7UKB, Jerry S. Tech KJ7UKC, Scott C. Tech. KJ7UKD, John L. Tech. KJ7UKE, Owen V. General KJ7UKF. Thank you again to a Navy and Coast Guard VE Team. Congratulations. and Thank you Jim F. for taking your time to teach the class.

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March 2021 Virtual Club Meeting

Monday 03-01-2021 is the first Monday of the month and time for the Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club Meeting. (7PM). The meeting will be held on the air once again do to COVID concerns. (I really hope we can meet in person again soon). The meeting will be held on the 146.64 repeater (W7AZ) at 7PM. All licensed amateurs are welcome. The 146.64 repeater uses a negative offset and a tone of 100 Hz. This would normally be the time we elect club officers. If you have an interest to serve as President, Vice President, or Secretary please send me an email.

VFW Special VE Test Results

We held a special test session this morning for the Richland VFW. Jim F. has been teaching a Tech. class the month of January. We had 7 folks test this morning, with 5 leaving as new Tech. and 1 Leaving as a new Gen. One young man did not pass but he will get it soon. Congratulations to all, thank you Jim for teaching the class and thank you to the Tri-Cities Volunteer Examiners ARRL VE team. I will post when call signs are out. Thanks again, Have fun and stay safe.

Mike Tesky

Jan 2021 VE Testing New Calls

Call signs and upgrades have been issued from our Jan 17th Tr- Cities VE session. Upgrade to Gen. David K. K7PHP, New Hams that came in with no Lic. Jeff R. Tech. KJ7TXW, Randy C. Tech. KJ7TXX. Karen H. Tech. KJ7TXY, Rick D. Tech. KJ7TXZ, David C. Tech. KJ7TYA, Heather C. Tech. KJ7TYB, Daniel C. General KJ7TYE, Luke D. Tech. KJ7TYC, Duane D. Tech. KJ7TYF, James M. Tech. KJ7TYD.

Congratulations to all and thank you to the VE team for a great and safe test session. Thank you.


Sea Pac Convention Canceled For 2021

From the SEA-PAC Executive Committee Chairman

The SEA-PAC Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the continuing COVID-19 pandemic situation has determined that the safest course of action for all is to cancel the 2021 in-person event.

This decision was based on the uncertainties of more COVID outbreaks, vaccine availability to all, and the probable social distancing requirements. But most importantly, it is based on our genuine concern for the health and safety of you, the attendees, vendors, and presenters. We firmly believe that providing our Ham Radio community with a safe and quality convention experience is paramount.

To offset this cancellation, the SEA-PAC Committee is exploring alternate online and on-air activities to engage our loyal attendees during 2021. Watch for future SEA-PAC Wave newsletters with the details as they become available.

Finally, we look forward to hosting you again in Seaside, Oregon, on June 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2022. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we invite you to start planning for SEA-PAC 2022.

John Bucsek, KE7WNB

2021 SEA-PAC Chairman

2021 Tri-Cities ARRL Amateur Radio License Testing

ARRL-based Amateur Radio Testing (VE Testing) for the Tri-Cities area is held every other month. Due to Covid-19, there are special procedures and requirements for those wishing to test. There will be a limit of 15 people allowed to test. You must call Mike Tesky (509 783-6236) to pre-register. The location and test time for a particular test date may vary, thus you will be provided that information when you call to pre-register. You will be required to provide and wear a face-mask and gloves while at the test site. The ARRL charges a test fee of $15. Please be prepared with EXACT cash, as no change will be provided. A check payable to the ARRL will also serve as payment, for a cash-less transaction. You will need to go to the ARRL web site, and print out specific forms and number of copies each to complete in advance, and bring to test session. Specific links and instructions for retrieving and filling out the ARRL forms will be provided in more detailed announcements on this website


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  • Sept 19
  • Nov 21

More Info Contact Testing Coordinator Mike Tesky:
Phone(509) 783-6236
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Pacific Northwest Hamfairs and Swapmeets

Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, very few amateur radio related events are being scheduled at this time. This will likely change as vaccination proceeds, and it is again deemed safe for such events. The referenced website below is the best maintained compilation of event status.

This is by far the most comprehensive list of amateur radio related events in the pacific northwest. Much thanks to N7CFO .....

Pacific Northwest Hamfair webpage at

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New Morning Net on WF7S 146.64 7:30AM

Everyone is feeling a little isolated these days and for good reason but you don’t have to be isolated. You can be social, make friends and still be safe at the same time. There is a new 2 meter social net in town.
If you’re a NEW HAM or an Old HAM you are invited to participate in a new morning social net on the 146.64 repeater W7AZ. The purpose of this net is to help new hams get involved and give old hams a way to stay involved in the exciting world of amateur radio. The net is every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7:30 AM. This is a social net open to anyone with a valid FCC amateur radio license. The conversation will be light and casual. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about ham radio operations. The 146.64 repeater uses a standard NEGATIVE offset and a TONE of 100 Htz. Come join the fun!

You do not need to be a member of the Tri-City Amateur Radio Club to participate. New Hams are encouraged to participate. - Richard Bogert

Welcome To The Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club Website

This site is devoted to providing a forum for helping the club members, as well as anyone interested in amateur radio, receive the assistance needed to get the most enjoyment out of the many facets of amateur radio. The Tri-City Amateur radio club serves ham radio operators in southeast Washington state including the cities of Pasco, Kennewick, Richland; Benton and Franklin Counties and the surrounding towns.

Club members with the proper permission can create, edit and publish the content using the tools of the website and without a webmaster middleman. Registered non-members may post new forum topics and comments. Anonymous (non-registered) users may view most site content, but may not post information

The main menu is in the upper right corner.

Regular Club and Business Meetings start at 7:30 pm and are held at the Red Cross Building, 7202 W Deschutes Ave, Kennewick.

Top Menu Button "Information"-- contains the bulk of information on what's happening with Tri-City Amateur Radio Club, including area repeaters and packet nodes. It has special announcements, the President's Corner, meeting minutes, events schedule, event reports, and a variety of articles about amateur radio subjects.
Top Menu Button "Calendar"--provides a calendar view of club and other events of interest.
Top Menu Button "Forums"-- a typical forum-based area where subjects can be broached and others can comment.
Top Menu Button "Photos"-- an area where members can contribute photos, organized into albums, for viewing by all.
Top Menu Item "Swap Meet"-- a Buy-Sell-Trade classified ad tool for use of area amateurs.
Top Menu Item "About"-- a page providing an overview and history of Tri-City Amateur Radio Club.
Click HERE For Site Registration & TCARC Member Instructions
Send your mail and donations to--
Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 73
Richland, Washington 99352

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