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"Laws, Peter C." <[log in to unmask]>
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OU Amateur Radio Club <[log in to unmask]>, Laws, Peter C.
Sun, 13 Sep 2015 23:06:52 +0000
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At least until the club gets things set up on OrgSync, please sign up for OUARC-L, a LISTSERV mailing list, for comms.  (go to http://lists.ou.edu and flail around until you figure out how to subscribe or send an email to [log in to unmask] with "subscribe ouarc-l" in the message body).

We're still planning to hold the amateur radio test session on Thursday evening, September 24th, at 1830 local time at the NWC.  Room number TBA.  I know, Mr Thung has a class that night, but we'll work something out for him.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE at http://w5nor.org/vereg/form-ouarc.html  Doing this means the NCVEC Form 605 and test answer sheet will be ready for your signature and (correct) test answers.  When you fill in the form, please use a permanent mailing address.  If you are an international student, please use a US mailing address (citizenship is not required).  Interestingly, as of about 6 months ago, the FCC stopped routinely mailing out paper licenses unless you set your preference otherwise in ULS. 

Speaking of government websites that were down all Labor Day weekend, please go to https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do which is the FCC's COmmission REgistration System (CORES).  Set yourself up with an FCC Registration Number so that you don't have to put your Social Security Account Number on the form when you take the test.  

Generic details about test sessions are here: http://w5nor.org/license/index.html  Bottom line, please bring $15 cash (or check made out to "ARRL VEC") and a photo ID like a driver's license.  

The canonical site for the question and answer pools is the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators: http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=338  The Q&A pools have been in the public domain, by regulation, for over 30 years now.  The pools are updated every four years.  If you have a license manual (there are copies in Bizzell and the NWC library) make sure it is current.  For the ARRL line of manuals, there is a list of cross references between the previous and current Q&A pools here: http://www.arrl.org/instruction-arrl-resources

**I encourage you to study both the Element 2 Technician and Element 3 General pools**.  

There are numerous sites online that will drill you on the exam questions.  My advice is to use one where you have to make a login (free or not, your choice, there are many) and where the site tracks your progress.  You need to be hitting 85% consistently to ensure passage.  Some sites don't seem to be as random as they should be and you may never see some of the questions.  So a read through the entire pool at least once is probably warranted.  You'll soon find that some questions are on the same topic with the question restated.

Plenty of time to ace this.  :)

Peter Laws

http://w5tc.org/ - our site

http://w5nor.org/ - local Norman club site
http://arrl.org/ - American Radio Relay League
While looking for other things, I saw this which may be of interest:   http://www.arrl.org/college-students-and-educators

Peter Laws / N5UWY
National Weather Center / Network Operations Center
University of Oklahoma Information Technology
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College of Architecture, Division of Regional and City Planning, MRCP '16