The last class of our Technician License course was held last night. We had what I guess you could call a review session. Drew W2OU provided me with two practice exams, which I printed out and distributed to the class members. We treated last night as the actual exam session. So not only did they get practice, but they also now know what to expect for next week.
After each exam was completed, we went over the tests together as a group. It appears that on both exams, no one got more than six answers incorrect. Since a passing grade allows for nine incorrect answers, it would appear that we are looking at a bunch of new Amateur Radio ops as of next Tuesday night.
To break things up a bit, we showed an Amateur Radio video in between the two exams. In all, I thought last night's session was exceptional. Our class members have proven to be eager, bright, inquisitive, and open to what we have been presenting to them.
It has been an honor and a privilege to work with them, as well as with my two fellow instructors, Marv K2VHW and Drew W2OU. These two are amazing Amateur Radio ops and have an amazing amount of experience behind them. The fact that Marv K2VHW is a retired broadcast engineer from WABC with a couple of Emmy Awards under his belt doesn't hurt, either!
I am looking forward to next week, and I just sent the group a final e-mail, detailing what to bring next week and basically telling how proud of them that we are. It's great to be able to help increase the ranks of Amateur Radio. I also reminded them to relax. This is supposed to be fun, and besides, in the scheme of things, it's not like we're looking to cure cancer or end world hnger.
Oh, and by the way, I did work John K4BAI in Georgia, one of the 40 Meter Foxes last night. I tried to work Kevin W9CF in Arizona, but I think the good props between NJ and AZ were over by the time I got home and wolfed down dinner. I see from his Fox log that Kevin worked some NJ stations, but that was while I was still in class. By the time I was trying to work him, he was 229 - 339 at best and I just couldn't make myself be heard. There is nothing more frustrating than calling a station who is sending a CQ in the clear, only to have them resume calling CQ after you send your call!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!