GOTAhams member family, John, Kim, James Setterlund recently contacted Richard Bateman of Hamstudy.org concerning the option of remote testing for Amateur Radio Technician for James, their 8 year old son that has been studying since we have all been “sheltering at home” during the Covid-19 emergency.
Richard Bateman was already supplying computer based testing to the W5YI VE groups for their test sessions and was working toward a fully remote option. W5YI recently had done a remote session with a prospective Ham in Pahrump Nevada with VE’s in Utah, Colorado and New York. https://qrznow.com/usa-conducts-first-all-online-ham-radio-exam/ GLAARG-VEC has been doing remote exams since April 10-12, 2020.
James is the youngest licensed GOTAhams member and the first Youth member of our club. John Setterlund (his father) has told us James is focused on contacting the International Space Station. GOTAhams will do all we can to support all of James endeavors into the hobby.
As President of GOTAhams, I would like to extend a CONGATULATIONS from all the members of this club. Since meeting the Setterlund Family at Field Day 2019, James along with his family have continued to impress our group.
The Setterlunds have been regular visitors to our Zoom nightly Video Chat “lounge”. You can meet them there or when we do have a chance to physically meet again, you may get a chance to meet the family at our next club event.
Hamstudy.org is a very useful study tool (App) for all levels of Amateur license, it does have a nominal cost and additionally supports itself through “Signal Stuff” Antennas. Richard Bateman has been working very hard (at his own expense) to design and support remote testing through any interested VE group. Consider supporting Hamstudy.org allowing Richard to continue his work in promoting testing in this unprecedented time of “Social Distancing” and other Covid-19 emergency measures.
Ken Mixon, KC6WOK
Update: James was assigned KN6IPL as his new Call in under 24 hours from testing! Thank You W5YI for an amazing job at following up on James Test and filing so quickly!