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Amateur Extra Class to be Offerred

posted Jan 4, 2012, 8:54 PM by SV Otter   [ updated Jan 4, 2012, 8:57 PM ]

This Amateur Extra Class license is well within the capability of any General Class or Advanced Class amateur and is coming to Western Washington.  This course takes place at your home, on the internet, and on the air (on the 75 m and 2 m bands).  At-home instruction begins in early January 2012.  The process climaxes with face-to-face sessions on one weekend in February – just before Valentine's Day.   

The regular formal in-person sessions take place in Bellingham on Friday February 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., then all day Saturday February 11, with appropriate breaks, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the VEC exam session starting at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday February 12.
 Optional informal practice sessions will also occur on Friday February 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday February 12 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 
The venue is the Britton Loop Whatcom Fire District 4 Station, 4142 Britton Loop Road, Bellingham.
You must be a General Class or Advanced Class amateur to join the program.  The cost for the course, including the textbook, is $39.  The VEC fee is payable separately at the start of the VEC session.  If two people from the same household are taking the course, you can share the textbook and only one fee is charged.   
Please make your check or money order payable to Bruce Prior and mail it to Bruce Prior N7RR, 853 Alder Street, Blaine, WA  98230.  Be sure to include your name, callsign, address, telephone number and email address.  It would be helpful if you could send an email to Bruce at as soon as your check is in the mail, indicating whether or not you plan to attend the in-person sessions in February.   

Even if you are unable to join the weekend sessions, you can still participate in the at-home portion of the course and then find a VEC session on your own.  There is an extra reason for attending the VEC session in Bellingham on February 12, however.  Following the exam, we'll hold a door-prize drawing.  Only brand-new Extra Class amateurs who passed the exam in that VEC session will be eligible for the drawing.