ARLB012 FCC Okays Changes to Amateur Radio Exam Credit, Test Administration, Emission Type Rules

In a wide-ranging Report and Order (R&O) released June 9 that takes various proceedings into consideration, the FCC has revised the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to grant credit for written examination elements 3 (General) and 4 (Amateur Extra) to holders of “expired licenses that required passage of those elements.” The FCC will require former licensees – those falling outside the 2-year grace period – to pass Element 2 (Technician) in order to be relicensed, however. The Commission declined to give examination credit to the holder of an expired Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) or to extend its validity to the holder’s lifetime.

The Report and Order may be found on the web in PDF format at,

“Our decision to grant credit for written examination Elements 3 and 4 for expired licenses that required passage [of those elements] will provide some relief for former General, Advanced, and Amateur Extra class licensees,” the FCC said, “and is consistent with how we treat expired pre-1987 Technician class licensees who want to reenter the Amateur Service.” Pre-1987 Techs can get Element 3 credit, since the Technician and General class written examinations in that era were identical. The Commission said current rules and procedures that apply to expired pre-1987 Technician licenses “are sufficient to verify that an individual is a former licensee under our new rules.”

The Commission said that requiring applicants holding expired licenses to pass Element 2 in order to relicense “will address commenters’ concerns about lost proficiency and knowledge, because a
former licensee will have to demonstrate that he or she has retained knowledge of technical and regulatory matters.” The FCC said the Element 2 requirement also would deter any attempts by someone with the same name as a former licensee to obtain a ham ticket without examination.

In 1997 the FCC, in the face of opposition, dropped a proposal that would have generally allowed examination element credit for expired amateur operator licenses. In the past, the FCC has maintained that its procedures “provide ample notification and opportunity for license renewal” and that retesting did not impose an unreasonable burden. The issue arose again in 2011, with a request from the Anchorage Volunteer Examiner Coordinator.

The FCC pulled back from its own proposal to reduce from three to two the minimum number of volunteer examiners required to proctor an Amateur Radio examination session. The ARRL, the W5YI-VEC and “a clear majority of commenters” opposed the change, the FCC said. The FCC said it found commenters’ arguments persuasive that that the use of three VEs “results in higher accuracy and lower fraud that would be the case with two VEs.” In a related matter, though, the Commission embraced the use of remote testing methods.

“Allowing VEs and VECs the option of administering examinations at locations remote from the VEs is warranted,” the FCC said. The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) in 2002 endorsed experimental use of videoconferencing technology to conduct Amateur Radio testing in remote areas of Alaska. The Anchorage VEC has long pushed for the change, citing the expense to provide Amateur Radio test sessions to Alaska residents living in remote areas.

The FCC declined to address “the mechanics” of remote testing, which, it said, “will vary from location to location and session to session.” The Commission said specific rules spelling out how to administer exam sessions remotely “could limit the flexibility of VEs and VECs.” The FCC stressed the obligation on the part of VECs and VEs “to administer examinations responsibly” applies “in full” to remote testing.

The FCC amended the rules to provide that VEs administering examinations remotely be required to grade such examinations “at the earliest practical opportunity,” rather than “immediately,” as the rule for conventional exam sessions requires.

Finally, the FCC has adopted an ARRL proposal to authorize certain Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) emissions in the Amateur Service. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau in 2013 granted an ARRL request for a temporary blanket waiver to permit radio amateurs to transmit emissions with designators FXD, FXE, and F7E, pending resolution of the rulemaking petition.

“Commenters strongly support amendment of the rules to permit these additional emission types,” the FCC noted. “The commenters assert that the proposed rule change ‘is consistent with the basis and purpose of the Amateur Service,’” and will allow repurposing surplus mobile relay equipment from other radio services in the Amateur Service, the Commission added.

The FCC said it also will make “certain minor, non-substantive amendments to the Amateur Service rules.” It is amending Part 97 “to reflect that the Commission amended its rules to eliminate the requirement that certain Amateur Radio Service licensees pass a Morse code examination,” the FCC said in the R&O. It also said it was correcting “certain typographical or other errors” in Part 97.

The new rules become effective 30 days after their publication in The Federal Register, which is expected to happen this week.

HAMFESTS – July 2014

July 2014

July 12

OAK CREEK, WI – SWAPFEST ’14. Location: American Legion Post #434, 9327 South Shepard Avenue, Oak Creek, WI. Sponsor: South Milwaukee ARC. Contact: Robert Kastelic , WB9TIK, 7410 South Clement Avenue Oak Creek, WI 53154; Phone: 414-764-3871; Email:; Website:

CEDAR FALLS, IA – W0MG SWAP MEET 2014. Location: Island Park Shelter #1, 500 Center Street, Cedar Falls, IA. Sponsor: Northeast Iowa Radio Amateur Association (W0MG). Talk-In: 146.94 -600 (PL 136.5). Contact: Richard Nelson, W0HHF, 6908 Wagner Road Cedar Falls, IA 50613; Email:; Website:

July 13

AURORA, IL – Fox River Radio League Hamfest & Electronics Market. Location: Aurora Central Catholic High School, 1255 North Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, IL. Sponsor: Fox River Radio League. Talk-In: 147.210 +600 (PL 103.5). Contact: Dawn Williams , KC9LQS, PO Box 673 Batavia, IL 60510; Phone: 630-531-1670; Email:; Website:

July 19

CHIPPEWA fALLS, WI – Chippewa Valley ARC Tailgate Swap Fest. Location: Eagle’s Club, 2588 Highway 53, Chippewa Falls, WI. Sponsor: Chippewa Valley Amateur Radio Club. Talk-In: 147.375 (PL 110.9). Contact: Jim Linstedt , W9ZUC, 4321 South Pointe Court Eau Claire, WI 54701; Phone: 715-456-4814; Email:; Website:

August 3

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Valley ARC Hamfest. Sponsor: Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club. Location: Teamsters Hall, 5000 J Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA. Talk-In: 146.745 & 146.52 simplex. Contact: David Wilson , KB0DW, 3200 Silverthorne Road NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402; Phone: 319-393-3776; Email:; Website:

PEOTONE, IL – Hamfesters Radio Club’s 80th Hamfest. Location: Will County Fairgrounds, 701 South West Street, Peotone, IL. Sponsor: Hamfesters Radio Club. Talk-In: 146.52 . Contact: Kerry Nelson , AA9SB, 3404 Hazel Lane Hazel Crest, IL 60429. Phone: 708-335-4574; Email:; Website:

August 9

ONALASKA, WI – Riverland ARC Great Swap Meet. Location: Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Road, Onalaska, WI. Sponsor: Riverland Amateur Radio Club. Talk-In: 146.97 (PL 131.8). Contact: Greg Miller , KA9FOZ, W7755 A Johnson Road Holmen, WI 54636; Phone: 608-792-7841; Email:; Website:

August 23

BARABOO, WI – Circus City Swapfest. Location: Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club Property, E3347 Sand Road, Baraboo, WI. Sponsor: Yellow Thunder Amateur Radio Club. Talk-In: 147.315 (PL 123.0). Contact: Thomas Harrison , N9PQJ, E7983 East Lake Virginia Road Reedsburg, WI 53959. Phone: 608-963-0762; Email:; Website:

September 13

BELVIDERE, IL – Radio Expo 2014. Location: Boone County Fairgrounds, 8791 IL Route 76, Belvidere, IL. Sponsor: Chicago FM Club. Talk-In: 146.76- (PL 107.2); 147.255+ (PL 114.8); 444.725+ (PL 107.2); Echolink to 146.76-. Contact: Steve Bosnyak , K9VO, 6778 West Ardmore Avenue Chicago, IL 60631; Phone: 773-817-2744; Email:; Website:

September 20

PEORIA, IL – Peoria Superfest 2013. Sponsor: Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club. Location: Exposition Gardens, 1601 West Northmoor Road, Peoria, IL Talk-In: 147.075+ (PL 103.5). Contact: John Coker , N9FAM, 133 Vonachen Court East Peoria, IL 61611; Phone: 309-369-7428; Email:; Website:

September 27

CEDARBURG, WI – ORC Fall Swapfest. Location: Fireman’s Park, 796 Washington Avenue Cedarburg, WI. Sponsor: Ozaukee Radio Club. Talk-In: 146.97 PL127.3. Contact: Tom Ruhlmann , W9IPR, 465 Beechwood Drive Cedarburg, WI 53012; Phone: 262-377-6945; Email:; Website:

October 5

WEST LIBERTY, IA – Iowa Section Convention (Southeast Iowa Hamfest). Sponsor: Muscatine & Washington Area Amateur Radio Clubs. Location: Muscatine County Fairgrounds, 101 North Clay Street, West Liberty, IA. Talk-In: 146.760 -. Contact: Tom Brehmer, N0LOH, 1114 East 10th Street Muscatine, IA 52761; Phone: 563-263-3097; Email:; Website:

October 10

HUBERTUS WI – SEWFARS SWAPFEST. Location: Sterling Chalet (formerly Richfield Chalet), 1271 Highway 175, Hubertus, WI. Sponsor: Southeastern Wisconsin FM Amateur Repeater Society. Talk-In: 146.820 (PL 127.3). Contact: Darrell Welch , K9ABC, 4006 Monches Road Colgate, WI 53017; Phone: 262-628-1700; Email:; Website:

November 2

DAVENPORT, IA – 43rd Annual Davenport RAC Hamfest. Location: Clarion Hotel, 5202 North Brady Street, Davenport, IA. Sponsor: Davenport Radio Amateur Club (WリBXR). Talk-In: 146.28/.88 (PL 77.0). Contact: Kelly Lovely, W1HAM, 1261 Woodlawn Avenue Clinton, IA 52732; Phone: 563-321-7559; Email:; Website:

January 10, 2015

WAUKESHA, WI – 43rd Annual Midwinter Swapfest. Location: Waukesha County Expo Center Forum, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI. Sponsor: West Allis Radio Amateur Club. Talk-In: None. Contact: Phillip Gural , W9NAW, S67W12944 Larkspur Road Muskego, WI 53150; Phone: 414-425-3649; Email:; Website:

KQ’s Korner — July 2014

Field Day has come and gone for another year. I think we has a good Field Day. I don’t know how we did but everyone had a good time. A big tip of the hat to Alvin, KC9MCC for the eats again this year. Nothing like good FD eats. I think that is an important part of the FD experience. It sure is to me anyway. About all I did during FD was to get sunburned but I enjoyed the weekend.

Lots of severe weather in the area again. Keep on you toes and be ready for Skywarn to be activated. It may be needed at any time.

The meeting this month is our annual Club picnic. I hope to be there and will enjoy visiting with the club members.

73 & CUL

Art, N9KQ

Field Day 2014 Location


Because of the tornado damage to UW-P campus our Field Daysite has been moved to another site on the UW-P campus.  We will be setting up in the parking lot west of Morrow Hall.  This is where we used to set up.  It is next to the softball diamonds on Greenwood Ave.  I,-90.497214,208m/

If you go to where we were last year and take Longhorn Drive north you will run into Greenwood Ave.  If you come down West Main Street and turn left (south) at College Drive you will run into Greenwood Ave (cemetery located here).  Turn right and look for Morrow Hall and softball fields on your right after you pass Glenview Commons on your left.

Remember that we are setting up on Friday around 1:00 PM. Group will meet at noon at Pizza Hut.

If you need more help finding the site give a call on our repeater 146.895 MHz (tone 114.8), or call me at 608-726-0279.

5:00 PM Saturday Club Supper:
Be sure not to miss Alvin’s cooking.  KC9MCC is well known for his Field Day Delights.  He will furnish the main course and you just bring a dish to pass.  The club will furnish the drinks, plates, forks, knives, spoons, and FUN!.

You don’t have to be a licensed ham to help.  You can help with logging, setting up, etc.  It is a fun time.  We talk as much as we work while setting up, making contacts, or eating chow.

Larry KC9CSQ and Paul K9OT are chairpersons and are working hard to make Field Day a success.  If you’ve never been to one you don’t know what you’re missing.  I’ve been going since I was 12 years old.  For me its like the big ball game, or that long awaited fishing trip. I grew up with a family of hams, and It was a family affair. I have very found memories ofField Day.

See you there this weekend,

Kent K9ZMU

KQ’s Korner – June 2014

Field Day is this month. So reserve some time on the weekend of June 28th to spend some time operating FD. There should be opportunities for everyone who wishes to spend some time contcacting all of the others who make FD the premier amateur radion event. Contact Paul, K9OT, or Larry, KC9CSQ, and they will give you an operating slot. If you want to operate FD with the HVARC you will have an opportunity. The only reason you would not get a chance to make some contacts is if you don’t want to.

We will finalize the FD plans at the upcoming HVARC meeting Tuesday night. If you have any suggestions or ideas, speak up and let the FD chairmen know.

We are in the peak of the severe weather season now. Keep aware of the weather and if you can be a spotter or net control on a severe weather net, don’t hold back. Jump in and do what ou can do to help. We never have too many people is severe weather situations.

I hope to see all of you at Field Day.

73 & CUL
Art, N9KQ

HAMFESTS – June 2014

June 15
WHEATON, IL ?Six Meter Club of Chicago’s 57th Annual Hamfest . Location: Du Page County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL. Sponsor: Six Meter Club of Chicago. Talk-In: 146.97 (PL 107.2); 146.52 Simplex. Contact: Mike Huedepohl , WD9GJK, 3532 Raymond Avenue Brookfield, IL 60513. Phone: 708-485-5481 (after 6 PM); Email:; Website:

More Hamfests

New Event: Field Day 2014

Event is open to the public (rsvp on facebook for updates). Bring your friends, bring your kids, and introduce them to the fun of amature radio! Come meet licensed FCC ham operators and talk on their radios to make contacts!

More than 100,000 U.S. hams will observe annual Field Day on Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29. HVARC is participating and will set up stations in the parking lot across from the new engineering building on the UW–Platteville campus on the corner of Southwest Road and Longhorn Drive.

Meeting Minutes – April 2014

The meeting minutes for April are up.  You can find them on the Newsletters and Minutes page.

Meeting Minutes – April 2014

W5KUB Live Event

It’s time for the 2014 Dayton Hamvention webcast!!

Please join us during our live, online broadcast of the Dayton Hamvention this week. To join the webcast go to where the fun begins!

Expanded show for 2014:  We will be inside Hara at Booth SA302 again this year but will also provide video from both inside and outside Hara arena.

During the Hamvention W5KUB will interview vendors regarding their latest products.  We will have many special guests such as Bob Heil (K9EID) of Heil Sound; Martin F. Jue (K5FLU) founder of MFJ Enterprises; John Amodeo (NN6JA) producer of ABC TV’s hit show, “Last Man Standing”; and a special guest and co-host. Joining us this year is NASA Astronaut Col. Douglas Wheelock.  Doug will be with us all day Friday May 16th and Saturday morning May 17th.  Doug made thousands of contacts from the International Space Station.  Online viewers can directly communicate and ask questions through our chat room.

During the live broadcast, you will also have the opportunity to meet and chat with other ham radio operators from all over the world.  During the 2013 Dayton Hamvention we had nearly 50,000 viewers that followed us for the 5 day broadcast!

You could win one of 52 prizes which will be awarded during the webcast!  The prizes include dual band HTs, Comet Antenna Analyzer, Heil microphone, antennas, weather station, computer to radio interface, spool LMR-400, auto antenna tuners, and much more.  These prizes are made possible because of our relationship with partners; such as, GigaParts, Ten-Tec, NCG Company, Kantronics, Heil Sound, ARRL, MFJ, and many more.  In the past year over $10,000 in prizes have been awarded!  Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize.  W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies and does not sell any products or services.

Dayton Hamvention webcast schedule (all times are subject to change):

  • Wednesday, May 14: 1300 UTC (8:00 AM CT) drive from Memphis to Dayton, Ohio (10 hours).  Yes, this will be a live broadcast!
  • Thursday, May 15:  1300 UTC – 2030 UTC (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET), set up at Hara Arena and visit with vendors
  • Friday, May 16:  1200 UTC – 2100 UTC (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET), Dayton Hamvention
  • Saturday, May 17:  1200 UTC – 2100 UTC (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET), Dayton Hamvention
  • Sunday, May 18:  1200 UTC – 1600 UTC (8:00 AM – noon ET), Dayton Hamvention
  • Sunday, May 18:  1700 UTC (1:00 PM ET) drive from Dayton to Memphis (10 hours).  Yes, this will be a live broadcast!

Also, please help spread the word by posting this announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends that may not have received this message!  Join our group on Facebook at to keep up with us year-round.

We’ll ‘see’ you at Hamvention!

Tom Medlin, W5KUB

KQ’s Korner – May 2014

Next month is Field Day already.  So make you plans to participate for the
weekend. There will be something to do for everybody.  Set up is on Friday
PM and FD operation starts at noon on Saturday.  If you would like to
operate, let Paul, K9OT, or Larry KC9CSQ, know and they will schedule
you in.  We especially need nighttime operators, so if you are a night owl
this is your chance.  I am going to try to bring my camper again this year.
It depends on how my and Evies health holds out.  I sure would like to be
there this year though.

Severe weather season is here.  Almost every day the weatherman is
forecasting storms so be ready..  They can come up very fast sometimes.
Some of the southern states have already suffered quite a bit of storm
damage this year.  So keep on your toes.

The propagation Gods have been good to radio operators lately.  The
solar flux was 148 this morning (5/10/14) and has been high for quite
some time.  I would suspect that the peak of this solar cycle has passed,
but there still are good conditions left.  When we get into the pits of
the cycle we can look back and remember how the good time were.

73 & CUL
Art, N9KQ

Greetings Everyone!

All amateurs and those interested in amateur radio are welcome at club meetings and events.

The Hidden Valleys Amateur Radio Club is a small friendly club located in the hills and valleys of Southwestern Wisconsin. Our members participate in Field Day, Wisconsin QSO parties, local community service activities, and also offer ham licensing classes. Many of us are trained storm spotters, some have CPR, and a few have multiple Red Cross certifications.

Our club meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM in the lower level of the Southwest Health Center in Platteville Wisconsin. We have a weekly Sunday night net meeting at 7:30 PM on the N0WLU repeater on 146.895Mhz 114.8 pl. All check-ins are welcome.

We wish to thank Scott Onson for the server space on which this web site is hosted.