N9SJA Amateur Extra Class operator


Today, I passed my Amateur Extra class exam!  Woo Hoo!

Thanks to the VE team of the Iroquois County Amateur Radio club in Watseka, IL!

Originally a bunch of guys and myself were going to take the exam in Frankfort, IN, but the session was canceled in Frankfort, so we decided to drive to Watseka, IL.

I have wanted to upgrade to Extra Class for a few years now, so I am really glad that I did it.  I am really looking forward to using the Extra Class band segments that I couldn’t use as a General.

Next week I will be filing my paperwork to become a VE with ARRL VEC.  Soon my club W9YB will be able to administer exams and people from Lafayette/West Lafayette won’t have to drive to Frankfort, Indy or Watseka to take their test.  The plan will be to hold exams 2 or 3 times a year depending on interest, but more on that later.

For now I am going to really enjoy chasing DX on HF and I get some more room to roam on the bands!

73 de Nick N9SJA (Temporary AE)

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