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Old 23-07-2014, 17:11   #1
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Ham exam 2th August, Southern Philippines

The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) is hosting a ham exam "gam" in HolidayOceanView Marina on Samal Island, Davao, Philippines on August 27, 2014 at 1330 local time. The purpose is to offer US amateur radio license testing. Examinees do not have to be SSCA members OR US citizens. The only restriction is that non-US Citizens cannot be a representative of a foreign government.

Background Information:

Amateur (or ham) radio is an infrastructure-free worldwide communications tool. Individual operators operate from their yachts, homes, cars or tents, creating a network of learning, good will and safety worldwide. Amateur radio by definition is non-commercial. In order to legally operate on amateur radio frequencies an individual should possess the appropriate license.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the USA does not conduct amateur (ham) license tests directly but use VECs or volunteer examiner coordinator groups that provide the infrastructure for VEs (volunteer examiners) to conduct testing. The VEC group is the liaison to the FCC. The US is a member of the ITU, International Telecommunications Union of the UN, so a US amateur radio license is recognized by the 193 ITU member states around the world.

Recently, the Seven Seas Cruising Association has joined with the Laurel Amateur Radio Club VEC group to accredit "at large" volunteer examiners amongst the SSCA membership so testing can take place during SSCA events. HolidayOceanView will host SSCA/Laurel-accredited volunteer examiners from crews from the yachts, Sloepmouche, Carina and Soggy Paws: Luc Callebaut, Leslie Linkkila, Philip DiNuovo, Sherry & David McCampbell.


In the US, amateur licenses are now issued at three levels or classes: Technician, General and Extra. Exams for each class are called elements and should be taken and passed in sequence . There is no Morse code proficiency required; all testing is multiple choice.

License Class and Proficiency Requirement:
Technician Element 2
General Element 2 & 3
Extra Element 2, 3 & 4

Element 2: 35 questions selected at random from the question pool concerning the privileges of a Technician Class operator license. The minimum passing score is 26 questions answered correctly.

Element 3: 35 questions selected at random from the question pool concerning the privileges of a General Class operator license. The minimum passing score is 26 questions answered correctly.

Element 4: 50 questions selected at random from the question pool concerning the privileges of an Amateur Extra Class operator license. The minimum passing score is 37 questions answered correctly.

In order to access worldwide cruiser support nets and free amateur radio email (Winlink), an individual aboard a yacht would need to pass two written exams (Elements 2 & 3) in order to possess a General Class license. These two tests can be taken on the same day and often are. Material is similar but the question pool is different for each element.

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL), another VEC, publishes books of theory and exam pool questions.

Other sites offering theory, practice exams or flashcards are:

No-Nonsense Study Guides - KB6NU's Ham Radio Blog
Practice Amateur Radio Exams by QRZ.COM
AA9PW FCC Exam Practice Ham Radio Practice Exams Free Amateur Radio Practice Tests with Flash Cards

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Please contact Luc at email:, Leslie and Philip at email: or Sherry and David at: for further instructions or to reserve your spot at the exam session
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Re: Ham exam 2th August, Southern Philippines

That's a great reason to go to Davao - What a great long weekend that could be. I wish I had more notice.

Do you plan any future dates? Are there any "over and above" fees other than what would be standard in the US?

Also thanks for posting the links to study guides and practice tests - that's the first time I've seen that here. Should be easy to poke around and uncover the "mystery" of these tests.

I only ever had Radiotelephone license when required for VHF while flying - no test for that IIRC and now no longer a requirement.
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