Hamfest 2017 VE Testing Information

Don’t Forget: the Hamfest is on Sunday, September 10 at the fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. I am attaching a Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association HAMFEST 2017 Poster in case you have an opportunity to distribute it to our fellow hams.

Also, in conjunction with the hamfest is a VE test session. Here are a few notes to pass along to anyone who is wishing to take a test:

Test Session requirements

If you are going to take a test session for either a new or upgraded ham license, here are a few things you MUST bring along:

  • A copy of your current FCC license. We need to attach the license copy to the paperwork when you upgrade. If you a new licensee, you have a few options. The FCC form 605 requires an FRN or an SSN. You can obtain an FRN before the exam session by visiting the FCC Universal Licensing System website. You simply apply for the FRN online, and you will have it with you when you come to the test session.
  • Another form of ID, a driver’s license is great, or any other form of ID. If you don’t have a driver’s license, (perhaps you are too young for the DMV) the ARRL suggests something as simple as a library card, or even a piece of mail addressed to you at your residence.
  • A pen and pencil (with a good eraser). The pen is for filling out the FCC form 605, and the pencil is to fill out the bubble answer sheet.
  • The proper testing fee. Currently, it is $15.
  • Your WITS. It is not a hard exam, so don’t get too anxious about it.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the exam start time in order to fill out the paperwork, and for the VE’s (Volunteer Examiners) to review it.

Another thing to bear in mind is that for many of the testing sessions, the VE will have alternate versions of the various exam elements available for you to try a retake of the exam. If you do desire to take an alternate version, we must you charge you an additional testing fee.

If you DO NOT NEED to take any alternate versions, you may take the next higher level of exam for NO additional costs. For example, if you take and pass the Technician exam, you may take the General exam if you so desire, and there will be no additional fees. I have witnessed a few people who have come into the session unlicensed, and walk away with the Extra Class license.

GOOD LUCK.

Hamfest 2017

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 32nd annual

HAMFEST 2017

Sunday, September 10th;  Gates open at 7:00 am

Saratoga County Fair Grounds, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Only $6 per person includes hourly door prize drawing, plus 8’x8′ “tailgate” space

MAKE IT A HAM’S DREAM WEEKEND – 2 HAMFESTS!

BRING YOUR TICKET STUB FROM BOXBORO ON SATURDAY AND GET INTO OUR FEST FOR HALF PRICE !!
ONLY $3 !!

ARRL Logo

  • Delicious Food served all day
  • More hourly prizes; PLUS HIGH-END BUCKET PRIZES
  • Hourly demonstrations: What’s hot in ham radio now?
  • VE exam to be held at 9:00am (off site)
    • Cornell Co-Op Ext. (Solar Bldg)
      50 W. High St / Rt 67 west
      Ballston Spa, NY 12020
  • Lots of gear and accessories to haggle over
  • Fox-hunt on the fairground property
  • Under-cover tables available for $10 each
  • Reservations and prepay welcome and encouraged

Directions

  • I-87 to Exit 12
  • West on Rt 67 to Ballston Spa
  • At intersection of Rts 50 & 67, follow 50 North; look for HAMFEST signs
  • In village, turn left at Citgo station Prospect Street; up hill on left

Talk-In

  • K2DLL Repeater System
  • 147.000 Mhz, PL 91.5 Hz or
  • 147.240 Mhz, PL 91.5 Hz
  • GPS Coordinates: 43.007438°, -73.855821°

For information or reservations contact:  Jim Polewczak – KG2H
231 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.   Email: kg2h@arrl.net
Phone: 518-703-9558


If you would like to help us out by distributing some flyers, a PDF document of the Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association HAMFEST 2017 Poster is available. Please tell your friends and post where appropriate Thank you for your assistance!

While we were challenged by the date change for Boxboro hamfest to be in conflict with ours, we are making the best of it! Get out and enjoy your weekend, by making it a twofer, Boxboro on Saturday, Ballston Spa on Sunday! You never know where you will find the best deals!

Hamfest 2017

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 32nd annual

HAMFEST 2017

Sunday, September 10th;  Gates open at 7:00 am

Saratoga County Fair Grounds, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Only $6 per person includes hourly door prize drawing, plus 8’x8′ “tailgate” space

MAKE IT A HAM’S DREAM WEEKEND – 2 HAMFESTS!

BRING YOUR TICKET STUB FROM BOXBORO ON SATURDAY AND GET INTO OUR FEST FOR HALF PRICE !!
ONLY $3 !!

ARRL Logo

  • Delicious Food served all day
  • More hourly prizes PLUS HIGH-END BUCKET PRIZES!!
  • Hourly demonstrations: What’s hot in ham radio now?
  • VE exam to be held at 9:00am (off site)
    • Cornell Co-Op Ext. (Solar Bldg)
      50 W. High St / Rt 67 west
      Ballston Spa, NY 12020
  • Lots of gear and accessories to haggle over
  • Fox-hunt on the fairground property
  • Under-cover tables available for $10 each
  • Reservations and prepay welcome and encouraged

Directions

  • I-87 to Exit 12
  • West on Rt 67 to Ballston Spa
  • At intersection of Rts 50 & 67, follow 50 North; look for HAMFEST signs
  • In village, turn left at Citgo station Prospect Street; up hill on left

Talk-In

  • K2DLL Repeater System
  • 147.000 Mhz, PL 91.5 Hz or
  • 147.240 Mhz, PL 91.5 Hz

For information or reservations contact:  Jim Polewczak – KG2H
231 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.   Email: kg2h@arrl.net
Phone: 518-703-9558

 


If you would like to help us out by distributing some flyers, a PDF document of Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association HAMFEST 2017 Poster the   is available. Please tell your friends and post where appropriate. Thank you for your assistance!

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – 2016 September HAMFEST Edition

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Don’t forget this Sunday, Sept 11 is the 31st annual SCARA Hamfest at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. Gates open as early as 6:30 AM.

We are having a plethora of door prizes from many, many vendors, and some HUGE bucket prizes (do I sound like a car dealer?)

Come on out, admission is a NEW REDUCED price responding to popular demand. The test session is at 9 AM in the Cooperative Extension Building at 50 West High Street in Ballston Spa.

Read all about it in the attached Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.

Hamfest 2016 Presentations and Demonstrations

Official Hamfest Chef at WorkLearn about new and exciting aspects of ham radio

Find out what’s new by attending one of our “how-to” presentations and demonstrations held during the hamfest.  These events are held in the open building directly behind the Club Table — with the exception of the foxhunt and the antenna launching demo, which are held outside on the fairgrounds.

Schedule of Hamfest Demos and Activities

9 am—Raspberry Pi and DVMega Projects and Beyond

Tom, AC2IE will demonstrate a dual-mode DStar/DMR hotspot based on a Raspberry Pi and a DVMega. The RPi also incorporates a safe shutdown switch needed for portable, headless operation as well as a 2.4-inch color display.  G4KLX’s MMDVMHost software configuration will be briefly discussed.

9:45 am—Remote operation of your home HF station

Steve, WA2TTP will demonstrate two methods of remote operation used from Florida and Hawaii with very good results. The first setup uses a Kenwood TS-480sat in conjunction with the Remoterig internet interface that can be used without computers at either end. It also allows you to have the radio control head at the remote location. The second setup will operate a Kenwood TS-590SG remotely using a laptop running Kenwood’s free software.  Pros and cons of each will be discussed

10:30 am—Intro to ARES, RACES and EmComm

Fred, W2EMS will provide an overview of ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) and how they are deployed to support government agencies with Emergency Communications. Fred will also cover the basic ARRL and FEMA courses and certificates to obtain as you get up to speed. He can also sign you up as a member to help out whenever the need arises.

11:15 am—NBEMS and FLDIGI operation for emergency situations

Emergency communication today often requires data transmission of sensitive information, as well as voice traffic.   Red Cross and hospitals often need privacy for the files they share. Frank, KA5VVI will show how Narrow-Band Emergency Messaging System and Fast, Light Digital software are used to quickly and accurately send all types of data files among sites involved. FLDIGI can handle PSK, RTTY, MT63, and other digital modes — even CW.

12 noon—Foxhunt on the Fairgrounds

Meet at the Club Table before noon, set your VHF rig for 146.52, and test your skills at locating the crafty Fox — periodically transmitting WA2UMX in CW. Leave the Fox where it is, then hurry back to the Club Table to check in. Hope you’re first!

12:30 am—Olympics of Antenna-Launching Devices

What’s the best way to hang an antenna from a tree? Hams have used bows and arrows, thrown objects, slingshots, shotguns (no!) and now pneumatic launchers. KA5VVI and friends will demonstrate some of their favorites and try to show what method sends a projectile highest and farthest. Stand back and watch the fun!

HAMFEST 2016 Flyer