After deep consideration and consultation, effective June 1, 2020 the Anchorage ARC VEC will resume in-person examinations and again allow Volunteer Examiner (VE) applications on our website. In-person testing at the Anchorage Radio Science and Operations Center (RSOC) remains on hold at this time pending a decision by the Anchorage ARC Board of Directors to reopen the facility to the public. The decision to open up in-person testing throughout our VEC program comes after hours of deep consideration and consultation relating to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions at many locations in the country. To wit, many states are easing restrictions, but in their wake they continue to advise residents of much needed precautions while out in public.
It is our belief that in-person examinations can be held throughout our program starting June 1st, provided each local team strictly adheres to the local restrictions and recommendations being imposed at their location by their state and/or local governments. These restrictions are generally related to group gathering size, use of social distancing, use of face masks, hand washing, and sanitizing touch-point surfaces. If a local VE team determines that in-person examinations cannot be done safely, we strongly urge prospective applicants to take their examinations remotely. We will continue to offer this service.
Over the past two months, we have had many requests from hams asking to become a VE in our program. Effective June 1st, 2020 the Anchorage ARC VEC will again accept applications from prospective hams who want to serve as an accredited VE in our program. Again, it will be up to the Lead VE to ensure that in-person examinations can be safely conducted pursuant to local Covid-19 mandates and recommendations.
On behalf of myself and the entire Anchorage ARC VEC cadre, I want to extend my utmost appreciation and gratitude for the support given throughout these troubling times and look forward to the continued service of our accredited VE’s!
Brandin S. Hess – AL6I
Chairman, Anchorage ARC VEC