Over a year ago when I upgraded to General . I took my ve test and passed and got my ve credentials. In the year since then I have asked and begged to part of the ve team. I have only one session and that was from Ballston spa who are not afraid to have Generals help out with the exam session.
Think how many sessions their have been in the past year in a 50 mile radius. 10 ,15 maybe I only need 3 sessions in order to get the Hamtest online extra course for free.
I have emailed , posted on fb and have my credentials every where I go. I was a event a few weeks ago and a Ham saw my credentials and said “Get your extra then call me.”why did he not say hey wanna help out with our next session?
The answer is get your extra .I understand I can only grade tech exams however there are plenty of jobs I can do in the exam that does not require grading exams.
like pass out tests. check they have the right info , hand out the signed csce or take the money for the exam and collect tests.
As I talk to otherGeneral Ves around the country it seems they get used regularly to ve sessions to help out and not grading tests.
Hamtest online is giving free extra courses to ves who have 3 or more sessions so they can upgrade to extra for free.
Now let me ask you all a question . here in the northeast part of ny you want ves to be extras and yet you wont allow your general ves to part of an exam to get the credit to get the course.
Doesnt that make you a hypocrite? You do realize ve sessions are volunteer ?
so how come Generals who have to take the same ve test as the extras do not get to join ve teams unless they have their extra.
I have been to ve sessions and I see a lot more going on than grading exams .
Are general ves not smart enough to pass out tests, take money . pass out csce , pick up tests as people get done or check they have the right forms filled out ?
Are extras the only ones smart enough to that stuff? I think the ARRL let generals be ve for a reason .
If you want General ve to be extras then why don’t you help the generals get the credit for the free extra course so they can do more grading as extras.
Your not paying the ve team they are volunteers . If generals can hold other positions in the ARRL which requires more extensive training then ves and a eyebrow isnt batted.
So I am still looking for a reason not to include general ve in your sessions other than we can only grade tech tests.
If the ARRL says generals can be in ve sessions who are you to say they can’t be because you want all extras in your session?
Ask your self is that not descrinination to the Generals who just want to help out in ve sessions and get credit to get the free Hamterst online course to become extra. Why don’t you help your fellow General operators achieve their extra. All it takes is 3 ve sessions. why not have a General sit on the session even if its to pass out tests so they can get credit for the session .
It wont cost you anything or take away from the exam or make your session look bad.
Remember the ARRL said we can be VE and we took and passed a test and to be accredited as a ve just like the extras have.
In closing let Generals help out with test sessions they are accredited by the ARRL and are willing to help out in the session. Not everything is onloy for extras . Generals have studied and passed the same test you extra have. And I thought we were all in the same hobby for the same purpose as far as test sessions go.
How would you extra feel if there was a event you wanted to volunteer for and you studied and tested to be able to do that event and you were told ” I am sorry we omly accept Generals.”How would you feel ?