New ARRL Volunteer Examiner Manual Now Online
The Ninth Edition of the ARRL/VEC VE Manual is now online on the ARRL Web site at <http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/vemanual/>.
This manual is the most complete source on the Amateur Radio Volunteer Examiner Program. It has everything you need to know in order to be an ARRL Volunteer Examiner. The the manual is full of new and timely information, taking into account the licensing rule changes that went into effect in 2007. More than 80 percent of the manual's content has been revised.
"We're really excited about the new manual," said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. "We've put a lot of work into it, taking suggestions from Volunteer Examiners all over the United States. It's very comprehensive, yet easy to understand."
"One of the biggest changes to the ninth edition is the deletion of all the procedures having to do with Morse code testing," Somma said. As of February 23, 2007, the FCC no longer requires those upgrading their license to be tested on Morse code.
The Manual, written to help guide amateurs through the VEC program, is also a guide for those aspiring to be Volunteer Examiners. Any General, Advanced or Amateur Extra class license holder is eligible to be a Volunteer Examiner.
Somma explains, "It's a simple process to become a VE -- just complete the ARRL VE application form and pass a 40-question open book test and you're set! If you're an active ham radio operator, you probably enjoy giving back to the Amateur Radio community, be it through public service or as a Volunteer Examiner. Many hams fondly remember their first license examination experience."
Information in the Manual includes how to become an accredited Volunteer Examiner and how to participate in the Amateur Radio examination process, as well as real-life experiences from current Volunteer Examiners. "It's really a reference manual with tons of details. The real-life experiences in the manual will help current and future Volunteer Examiners know how to deal with those pesky situations that sometimes pop up," Somma said.
For more information on the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Program, visit the ARRL VE Web site.
The ARRL Letter, Vol. 27, No. 6, February 15, 2008