Fulton Amateur Radio Club Welcomes New Volunteer Examiner Coordinator

FULTON, NY – Sarah Townsend has assumed the role of Co-Volunteer Examiner Coordinator, along with Pamela Cantine of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club.

The radio club has an outstanding record for generating new licensees and upgrades and having an additional VEC will be beneficial to the amateur radio community.

Volunteer Examiners are US licensed Radio Amateurs holding a General Class license or higher, who offer their time to administer the Federal Communications Commission licensing exams through a FCC authorized Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) organization – the W5YI Group.

A team of three or more VEs are able to test candidates applying for a new license or upgrading an existing license.

Service and volunteerism are vital parts of our Amateur Radio culture.

VEs give so generously of their time, energy and skill to our community.

FCC authorized VEC organizations oversee the work of their certified Volunteer Examiners and serve as a liaison between the exam applicants and the FCC.

As a member of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club, Pamela Cantine has served for many years as vice president and VEC.

She has been licensed since 1997 and for the last 10 years has served as the VEC for Oswego County, volunteering her time to administer licensing tests, keeping up to date with the rules and regulations of the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) and the FCC, and documenting and relaying exam results to the FCC.

She has been involved with amateur radio since being first licensed in 2006.

She is currently the secretary of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club, has served as Net Control for various community events and has assisted in several licensing classes as an instructor. Townsend has most recently taken on the responsibilities of Coordinator of Public Service Events for the Fulton Amateur Radio Club.

The W5YI Group sponsors and conducts Amateur Radio Operator examinations at hundreds of locations throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

W5YI-VEC was one of the first to be appointed by the FCC and has been servicing the amateur radio community for over 35 years.

The Fulton Amateur Radio Club was formed in 1957.

The primary purposes of the club are to foster interest in radio/electronics, provide license training and testing, and promote the use of Amateur Radio for emergency communications.

For more information about amateur radio and licensing, visit www.fultonamateurradioclub.org