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The Ellis county Amateur Radio provides classes for Technician thru Extra class licenses as well as testing session for upgrading your license or getting your Technicians license.  Please use the appropriate menu to obtain information for your specific needs.  Other training resources will be posted as they become available.

 

We provide Volunteer Examiners to administer license examinations in the Amateur Radio Service. Our testing session will be conducted on 4th Tuesday of each month, except for the month of December. The test team needs to know in advance what test you intend to take (Technician, General, Extra) so that we can have test available. The test team needs your contact information (Name, Address, phone number, e-mail address) so that we can let you know of any changes in our test date, location or other necessary information.

Location and time:

First United Methodist Church of Red Oak
600 Daubitz Rd
Red Oak, TX  75154
7PM

 

You MUST make an appointment by making contact with one of the following individuals:

Marvin Ward (214)399-3442
Jerry Pomeroy (KE5JC) (469) 383-5365

 

The test team will need to have the following items from you at the test session prior to the start of the test:

  1. $14.00 in cash which is the required testing fee. We cannot accept checks or credit cards for this fee.
  2. We will need photo copies of two forms of identification. One of them must be a photo ID such as drivers license, company ID card, concealed gun permit, etc. The other can be anything with your name and correct address on it. Do not use your social security card. The photo copies will be retained by the test team.
  3. You may use a calculator but the memory must be cleared prior to the test. This is only handy on the Extra test. Technician and General tests normally do not require it.
  4. If you have a present Amateur License the Test Team will need a photo copy of it which will be retained by the test team.

WINLINK is a worldwide radio messaging system that mixes internet technology and appropriate amateur radio frequency (RF) technologies. The system provides radio interconnection services including: email with attachments, position reporting, graphic and text weather bulletins, emergency/disaster relief communications, and message relay.

A few months ago when a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) was conducted, one element of that training event was to send and receive WINLINK Peer to Peer messages among three members of the local Ellis County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). Although the required WINLINK messages were eventually exchanged successfully, it took a while and important lessons were learned along the way.

Because WINLINK has the potential for passing text messages among local, national and international ARES stations during an emergency, it was felt that monthly WINLINK practice sessions would be helpful to develop and maintain those skills.

To bring this about implementation monthly WINLINK Practice Nets are held immediately following the monthly ARES Training Net which is conducted the first Thursday of each month, usually around 8:00. All licensed hams are invited to participate in this WINLINK Practice Net.

More information about WINLINK can be found at www.winlink.org and at the March ECARC club meeting. If you already have an operational two meter transceiver and PC all that you need additionally to implement WINLINK at your site are RMS Express software (free at www.winlink.org) and a Terminal Node Controller that supports the KISS functionality such as the TNC-X (approximately $100 in kit form), or software emulating a TNC. The TNC-X TNC is felt to be the preferred solution.

Below you will find links to videos of the training material used in the training for the Extra Class.  All videos are hosted on YouTube.

 

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