FCC Auto-Registration Discontinued

Auto-registration in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES amateur radio exam for candidates using a Social Security number will be discontinued on May 20, 2021. Applicants must use an FCC Registration Number (FRN) for all license transactions with the FCC. Examinees must register in CORES and receive an FRN before exam day. Starting on May 20, electronic batch filed applications that do not include a candidate’s FRN will be rejected. The Social Security/Licensee ID Field will be disabled.

The CORES website can be accessed at: https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do.

An instructional video provides step-by-step instructions on how to establish a CORES account, which is necessary for licensees to make administrative updates and download electronic license authorizations.

The instructional video can be found at: https://www.fcc.gov/rofrn.

After June 29, all filers must provide an email address on all applications. When an email is provided, applicants will receive an official electronic copy of their licenses once granted (allow incoming email from authorizations@fcc.gov). If no email is provided when filing on or after June 29, applications will be rejected. ARRL VEC suggests that those without access to email to use the email address of a family member or friend.

Further information about providing an email address can be found at: http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-to-require-email-address-on-applications-starting-on-june-29-2021.

Licensees need to log in to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to download their authorizations. The FCC no longer issues paper copies.

VE Session Results — April 3, 2021

Arthur BalthazarKC1PBLTechnician
Henry DeMello, JrKC1PBMTechnician
Matt MailletKC1PBNTechnician
Eric BoucherKC1CBRGeneral
Christopher StenningKC1ODMGeneral
Edward VachaKC1KPWGeneral
Don SanfordKV4DNExtra
April 9, 2021 update

Congratulate these radio amateurs who passed their exams at the April 3, 2021 VE Session.

Enjoy your new and or upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?
Email us @ W1AEC [at] semara [dot] org with your questions.
We’ll try to find someone to answer them for you.

2021 Virtual SKYWARN Training Sessions

Due to COVID-19 concerns, 2021 SKYWARN Training classes will again be held virtually. The SKYWARN Training sessions will occur on 3 weeknights and 2 weekends. The weeknight sessions will be taught by NWS forecasters and the weekend sessions taught by Amateur Radio Operators.

Dates and registration information can be seen at NWS Boston/Norton Virtual SKYWARN Training link:
https://www.weather.gov/box/skywarn#fragment-2a

All are welcome to attend the training sessions. New individuals who are interested in becoming a SKYWARN Spotter can take an optional quiz and will get their SKYWARN spotter number. These sessions count as refreshing their SKYWARN Training for existing spotters.

We hope as many individuals as possible can attend these training sessions. We thank all SKYWARN Spotters for their continued support of the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN program!

Robert Macedo, KD1CY
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
rmacedo [at] rcn [dot] com
March 4, 2021

VE Session Results — February 6, 2021

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the February 6, 2021 VE Session:

  • Jeffrey Brodeaur, KC1OSE, Technician + General
  • Christopher Fowler, KC1NZM, General
  • Timothy Milbert, KC1OSF, Technician
  • Kenneth Mingola, KC1GCN, General
  • Anthony Moniz, KC1OIL, General
  • Nick Riquinha, KC1OSG, Technician
  • Andrew Shaw, KC1OSH, Technician + General

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air? Email us @ W1AEC [at] semara [dot] org with your questions and we’ll try to find someone to answer them for you.

VE Session Results — December 5, 2020

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the December 5, 2020 VE Session:

Blake P. Barrie, -TBI-, Technician
William I. Wade, KO4DLO, General
Raymond A. Guillotte, N1EBW, Extra

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air? Email us @ W1AEC [at] semara [dot] org with your questions and we’ll try to find someone to answer them for you.

VE Session Results — October 3, 2020

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the October 3, 2020 VE Session:

David A. De Costa, KD1YZ, Extra
Christopher Fowler, KC1NZM, Technician
Gerald D. Goodson, KC1MAU, General
Mary K. Keefe, KC1NPY, General
Richard. Lords, KC1NPZ, General
Glenn Neto, KC1NZN, Technician + General

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?

Email us @ radioevents [at] semara [dot] org with your particular needs, including antennas, VHF/UHF handheld programming, SSB, CW and/or digital mode operation, etc. When are you available? We may be able to arrange either 1-on-1 or small classes.

VE Session Results — August 1, 2020

August 1, 2020

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the August 1, 2020 VE Session:

Matthew J. Campbell, KC1HEH, General
Mary K. Keefe, KC1NPY, Technician
Richard C. Lords, KC1NPZ, Technician

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?

Email us with your particular needs, including antennas, VHF/UHF handheld programming, SSB, CW and/or digital mode operation, etc. – radioevents [at] semara [dot] org.

When are you available? We may be able to arrange either 1-on-1 or small classes.

2020 – 2024 Extra­ Question Pool

The new 2020 – 2024 Amateur Extra­ class (Element 4) question pool takes effect on July 1, 2020.

The new question pool incorporates significant changes compared to the 2016 – 2020 question pool (expiration date: June 30, 2020).

The number of questions in the pool is reduced from 712 to 622. This results in 239 modified questions, 49 new questions, and the removal of 139 outdated questions.

Areas of new technology and subjects were added. The 2020 pool has 10 diagrams, which have been renumbered,

It’s important to note that question E3B08 was withdrawn from the new pool and may not be used on exams.
Questions in that section were not renumbered, leaving 11 questions.


Question Pool Schedule
The three current question pools (and any exam designs based on these question pools) are valid as follows:

Technician-class (Element 2) pool effective July 1, 2018 is valid until June 30, 2022.
■ Questions withdrawn from use: none.

General-class (Element 3) pool effective July 1, 2019 is valid until June 30, 2023.
■ Questions withdrawn from use: none.

Amateur Extra-class (Element 4) pool effective July 1, 2020 is valid until June 30, 2024.
■ Questions withdrawn from use: E3B08 deleted from
pool.


Each question pool is reviewed and updated on a 4-year rotation.
No question pools will be updated or released in 2021.
To view all three question pools, visit the NCVEC website at ww.ncvec.org.

VE Session Results — June 6, 2020


Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the June 6, 2020 VE Session:

Mark C. Tutuny, … , Technician
Carl B. Dumas, KC1NAM, General
Russell V. Iuliano, KC1EAO, Extra

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?

Email us with your particular needs, including antennas, VHF/UHF handheld programming, SSB, CW and/or digital mode operation, etc. – radioevents [at] semara [dot] org.

When are you available? We may be able to arrange either 1-on-1 or small classes.

VE Session Results — February 1, 2020

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the February 1, 2020 VE Session:

Raymond King, KC1MOA, Technician
Edward Keefe, KA1IML, General
Richard E Wright jr, KC1LZC, General
Richard Netinho, KE1AN, Extra

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?

Email us with your particular needs, including antennas, VHF/UHF handheld programming, SSB, CW and/or digital mode operation, etc. – radioevents [at] semara [dot] org.

When are you available?  We may be able to arrange either 1-on-1 or small classes.