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Thread: Hello from the North Georgia Mtns.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Dahlonega, Ga.

    Default Hello from the North Georgia Mtns.

    I am still kinda new to Ham so I ask you indulgence ahead of time.
    I have had my Tech license for a year or so now but I really have not done anything with it.
    I work nights so I am very limited on getting together with the local club.
    I did buy a cheap hand held and have made a few contacts.
    I am Looking at upgrading to a General or maybe even an extra before long. Then I think I will set up my shack.


    JIM Brown

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    Hi Jim,

    Welcome to the net and hope that you are successful on getting your general and extra. I belong to GARS, but we are not doing any testing at this time due to covid-19. But here are the ones in the Atlanta area that are holding tests:

    North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL)
    The VE Team will be holding its first exam session since February this Saturday, September 12th. [The next session is scheduled for October 10th. Check for more information. - Ed.] All license class exams will be available. The exam session will be held at Slopes BBQ, 34 Crossville Road, Roswell, GA, 30075. Hours are 9:00 - 11:00 AM.
    The exam fee is $15 cash. Other Details:
    Seating limited to 8 candidates.
    No walk-ins accepted.
    Pre-registration via email to [email protected] required. Phone reservations not accepted.
    Please do NOT register if you are not sure you will make it. Seating is limited and we want to be sure everyone who wants to test can do so.
    Registration will close at 11:59 PM on Thursday, July 9. That gives Ian time to know what to expect Saturday, and accommodate replacements for cancellations.
    Masks required. No mask, no admittance.
    Enter the building via the side entrance.
    Please pre-register with the FCC for an FCC Registration Number at
    Please pre-fill and bring the NCVEC Quick Form 605, found at
    Please also bring the following:
    Government-issued photo ID
    Pen and pencil
    If upgrading, copy of current license
    Calculator (as stand-alone device) if you want to use one
    Tri County Amateur Radio Club
    Tri County Amateur Radio Club held their first testing session since lockdown, September 1 @ 2pm! It was located at Hoschton Park outdoor pavilion. At this session, VE’s in attendance were Roger WB4T, Max KN4OTT, Mike W9QO, and Nat K4VQ.
    Successful testing session as 2 candidates upgraded to General: John Ring III KO4GOU and Bill Kincheloe KM4DRT.

    Congrats to both hams! Go and enjoy those general privileges!
    73, Nat K4VQ
    Cherokee Amateur Radio Society
    We may only be able to accommodate a few simultaneous tests so we can maintain the safety of everyone. We recommend highly that you register if you want to be accommodated.
    Register with John Reynolds (VEC) W4TXA
    Phone: (770) 715-9640
    Email: [email protected]
    Where: Cherokee County Charter Academy. 2126 Sixes Road, Canton GA, 30114 (We will be outside, under cover sidewalk, West/Left side of Building)
    Time : 1:00PM (1300 - 1430) on September 12, 2020
    Testing will be outdoors, but requires the wearing of a mask to keep everyone safe.
    For more information, please visit their website at
    Stephens County Amateur Radio Society
    VE session (September 19, 2020) from 1 till 4 pm in Lavonia GA at 1240 E. Main St, at the white gazebo. [Lavonia, GA is off I-85 near the Georgia / North Carolina border... - Ed.]
    If you need to test please get a hold of us at ( [email protected]. ) We are working on a 2nd test session , if you would like to be apart of it please send us a contact email to club email and will be glad to help you on the prelist of this….
    We will be giving All Tests ( Tech, General, Extra ) Cost will be $15.00 must have ID and copy of License, if you’re upgrading…if it’s your first time taking a test please go to the FCC website and sign up for a FRN number and create your Account. Here is the link to get started:
    Please make sure you print this off and bring with you, so you will have your FRN number. Without this we can not submit your test.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Dahlonega, Ga.


    Thanks for the great information.
    It should be very helpful when the time come.


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