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VE Testing July 19

We are going to try to have a test session in the Tri-Cities on July 19th. 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 time and 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 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 outside, at a established business following state and local business requirements which will include, a medical history, your temp will be taken, while social distancing 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.

To preregister call 509-783-6236 Mike Tesky KC7CCK

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June 1st 2020 meeting on the air

June 1st, 2020 meeting on the air
by Richard Bogert - 05/27/2020 - 8:57am

It's TCARC meeting time again!! Dust off your 2 meter rigs! We are going to do things differently due to the Covid-19 virus. The Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club meeting is not going to happen at the Red Cross Office on the 1st of June. It is being replaced with a 2 meter social net and meeting at the same 7PM time but using the 146.64 W7AZ repeater. The repeater uses a NEGATIVE offset and a TONE of 100 htz.

There has been some repair work done on the repeater. Please try it out and leave a signal report. Thanks!

There will be a short business meeting followed by a social net. During the net, you will be able to share what you have been doing with Ham Radio recently. It might have been a great DX QSO, Meteor Scatter contacts, you're studying for an upgrade or you got some new equipment working.

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 KI7OOM

ARRL Special Bulletin Latest On VE Testing

Despite limitations placed on many organizations due to the virus
pandemic, there are a lot of good things happening on the Volunteer
Examination program, both on the ARRL front, and also with the Anchorage
Amateur Radio Club (AARC) VEC remote testing program. (More on the
latter in a later news bulletin.)

For most of us, the below is a repeat of what the ARRL sent out in their
last newsletter. I thought I'd send it to the whole NW Division just in
case some are not subscribed to the ARRL Letter, or missed it. ARRL VEC
Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM and her team are working very hard to put
together a viable remote VE program for the League:

Facing a growing demand for amateur radio exam sessions in a time of
social distancing and stay-at-home orders, sponsors of some Volunteer
Examiner (VE) teams have risen to the challenge and are developing
systems to remotely proctor test sessions.

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New Morning Net on WF7S 146.62 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 146.62 repeater WF7S. 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, Thursday and Saturday 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 146.62 repeater uses a standard NEGATIVE offset and a TONE of 123 Htz. Come join the fun! You can also join via Echolink Node 835368 or Wires-X room #21979.

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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2020 Amateur Radio Testing (VE Testing)

‎Amateur Radio Testing (VE Testing) for the Tri-Cities area is held every other month at the Boy Scout Office building, 8478 Gage Blvd Kennewick, WA 99336 (across Gage Blvd to the north from Costco.)

Doors open at 1:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but it is good if we have some idea as to numbers that will be there. The doors are locked and testing starts at 2:00pm sharp. If you have special needs to test please notify the area coordinator Mike Tesky (contact info below) at least a couple weeks before the test date. Cost is $15. Please bring some form of picture identification (driver's license, passport, school ID, etc.) If you are testing for a license upgrade you must bring a photocopy of your current amateur license, for which the examiners must send in with the paperwork.


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

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Club Meetings

The Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club holds a regular meeting the first Monday of every month of the year. Each meeting includes an amateur-radio-oriented program that will be of interest to most hams.

Regular Club and Business Meetings start at 7:00 pm and are held at the Red Cross Building, 7202 W Deschutes Ave, Kennewick. [ Map ] All individuals interested in amateur radio are welcome and invited to attend these meetings - you do not need to be an amateur radio operator!

Do you have an idea for a club meeting, or can you give presentation or demonstration of a ham radio related subject? If so, click here for a contact form.

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