Photos from WSARC Sponsored Exam on September 13, 2020


Five people took the FCC Amateur Radio Service License Exam provided by West Seattle Amateur Radio Club.
Three exam levels were provided: Technician (for new hams), General, and Extra (for existing hams)
Three new hams passed the Technician exam, one ham moved up from Technician to General, and one ham moved up from General to Extra.


The exam was held with a two-week lead time and under adverse conditions caused by COVID-19 and high levels of smoke from wildfires.  The test was planned for outdoors but was moved indoors to avoid the smoke hazard and was held with safe distancing and COVID-19 precautions. As each participant signed in, their temperatures were taken with a forehead infra-red thermometer to verify they had normal temperatures. Masks were worn by everyone. Hand sanitizer and wipes were plentiful.  Five Volunteer Examiners VE, (with Dave AA7XX as liaison with the VE Coordinator VEC) supervised the exam according to ARRL guidelines.

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Testing facility was provided by
Beckwith and Kuffel
1313 S 96th St, Seattle, WA 98108
Just off of highway 99 | See GMap


  1. Alan W7ZYX (VE), exam publicity; WSARC Treasurer.
  2. Bill N6NBN (VE)
  3. Brian KG7WRK assisted with setup, cleaning, and monitoring; Photos; WSARC President.
  4. Dave AA7XX (VE), VEC liaison and event coordinator; Photos; WSARC Training Officer.
  5. Jim WS7JIM Venue sponsor; WSARC board member position 3.
  6. John KI7YRA arranged online registration and website info; Media Committee Chair.
  7. Mei KI7TZA assisted with setup, cleaning and monitoring; WSARC board member position 2.
  8. Ryan NN7M (VE)
  9. Tom N7OEP (VE);  W7AW License Trustee.

West Seattle Blog coverage West Seattle Amateur Radio Club’s testing triumph


Photos from WSARC Technician Class, Nov. 2018
19 students attended over two weekends in November, which is a new format for the WSARC classes.  This expanded format allowed for more lecture and comprehension background, as well as for longer review sessions.  18 of the 19 students passed the Technician level and then 3 went on to pass at the General level, congratulations to all of them.  Concurrent with the second weekend, there was a General class, taught by our American Red Cross Host David Okrent.  He had a full class as well.  Thanks go to the instructors and VE’s who helped put on this class and testing session.


WSARC Technician Class, Nov 2018

Dave Hillier took the lead on the class, and brought many perspectives of information and demonstration to the class.

  Dave’s demonstration set up

Brian Nozynski taught the “Getting on the Air” module

    Ken Iverson, one of the most long term instructors, covered regulations

  Mei Bri did team teaching with Dave for the electrical module

  Brian, Tom Saunders and Ken on the sidelines ready to answer questions and give additional information

Lance Rasmussen, VE coordinator, provides instructions to a whole passel of candidates

 Registration line

 Multiple VE’s are needed to make the testing run smoothly

Dave Hillier at the very end, energized by all the students but exhausted at the same time!

WSARC Technician Class, Jan 2018

Over 42 people registered for the WSARC Technician class in Jan 2018


Ken Iverson taking the class through formulas


David Hillier demonstrates frequencies


Adeline Hillier used graphics and humor to help people understand electrical theory


Our instructors like to show how things work, here David Hillier uses his voice to visually show theory


Father and daughter team teaching, David and Adeline Hillier


Ken Iverson really getting into the picture to make sure people have the picture.


For the Radio Equipment chapter, Bill Thomassen brought a good show and tell of entry level equipment


David Okrent was our host at the American Red Cross facility and ran a General Class at the same time. Here he is asking the Technician students how many plan on getting their license today.


Lance Rasmussen, the Clubs VEC, organizes his testing team to handle a big crowd.


With the Technician class, the General class and additional walk-in’s, 54 people took their exams. Here they line up to register for the exam


As always, the exam is the most intense part!