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May 2021 ARRL Testing Results

In person ARRL testing today we had 3 people come in to test. One came in a non-ham and left as a Tech. One came in as a General and left as a Extra, and 1 came in as a Advanced and left as a Extra. Congratulations to all 3 and thank you to the ARRL VE Team.

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May 2021 License Testing

ARRL Ham Radio in person testing will be held in the Tri-Cities on Sunday May 16th at 1 PM. This is for all classes and upgrades. If upgrading you must bring a copy of your current Lic. which we must submit with the rest of your paperwork. Pre-registration is required of everyone on a first come bases. You must call 509-783-6236 to register. Due to COVID 19 everyone will be required to wear a mask, temperature checks will be made before entering. There is a $15.00 test fee which will be exact change only or a check made out to the ARRL. A Picture ID is Required. Bring your own pens and pencils, and a calculator if you need one. You can not use your cell phone. If you are testing for the firsts time you must go to the FCC web site and request a FRN number as you can no longer use your Social Security number on the forms. the link for the FRN is: http//
Then go to the ARRL website and down load and print and fill out the following forms and bring them with you.
Form 605 one/1 copy fill out to your Signature.
Form CSCE three/3 copies down load and fill out.
Form Test Answer Sheet, 1 copy for each test, do not scale,
If you have any problems or question please call. Thank you.

New Call Signs From March 2021 VE Testing

Call signs and upgrades from our March 17th test session have just been processed and issued after no processing by the FCC for the lat 2 days. Upgrades are, Steven M. KG7LXG Extra, David C. N7SJN General, Randy C. KJ7TXX General, Stephen H. KB7WAJ General.
New Hams and calls are: Wesley R. KJ7WMV Tech., Mitchell R. KJ7WMW Tech., Christopher G. KJ7WMX Tech., Daniel C. JR. KJ7WMY Tech., Brandon C. KJ7WMZ Tech., Alan R. KJ7WNA General, Randy H. KJ7WNB Tech., Reed C. KJ7WNC Tech., Brian E. KJ7WND Tech., Jennifer K. KJ7WNE Tech., Jerald Z. KJ7WNF General. Congratulations to you all for upgrades and new Hams. Welcome to the wonderful world of Ham radio. Have fun all of you. Interesting group of folks, there are 2 Police officers, a Kennewick Fire Captain, A Hanford Contractor PIO. Thank you again to the local ARRL Test team for a job well done.

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.

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


  • Jan 17
  • March 21
  • May 16
  • July 18
  • Sept 19
  • Nov 21

More Info Contact Testing Coordinator Mike Tesky:
Phone(509) 783-6236
Click To Send An Email Message

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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