The Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club (aka WRARC) of Danville, Ky, routinely has FCC amateur radio exams utilizing VE examiners from within/outside of the club in Boyle American Legion Post 46. COVID-19 had forced relapse in the execution of that Legion testing mission since January 2020. But on Oct. 22, they resumed testing skillfully.
John K4FT, club VE coordinator, arranged for 21 applicants, from Kentucky and two other states, by pre-registering each applicant. By doing so, each applicant completed the administrative portion of their testing paperwork at home.
They were given a time to take their exam in the hall of Post 46. Oddly, they all showed up at the same time. However, the hall was big enough to accommodate all the applicants.
The post hall was opened in a sanitized condition. Exams were placed on the hall tables. Applicant temperatures were taken, and all wore masks in accordance with post policy. Applicants were directed to their respective tables with their specific exams.
As the applicants completed their exams, they took them to a dedicated evaluation table and placed the exam under a camera using “EXAM TOOL” technology.
The camera immediately read, graded and provided the exam results (number of questions missed and a pass/fail grade). The applicant then signed on an iPad and left the post. Incredibly, the successful applicants received their new/upgraded FCC licenses on Oct. 26 October! This is the first time in Kentucky, and the seventh time nationally, that this innovative process/technology was utilized. Notably, Gene Klaus, our post service officer, passed the Technician test and received the call sign KO4IVI. Gene provides the Legion’s national D-STAR post-net “Veterans After Net.”
On the same day, Post 42 in Bardstown, Ky.,, conducted a VE exam session as well. This was the very first session in the history of the post. Using traditional methods and all the safety measures, they tested 11 applicants. The results were nine new Technicians and four upgrades to General or Extra class. They always exchange ideas between the two posts and will be investigating the new technology as well.