Because of the ongoing quarantines/lockdowns/Shelter at home or in place orders, many hams are at a loss as to how to upgrade or help others get a license. Well an option that has been around in the FCC rules is being exercised now. Remote Testing has been allowed by FCC rules for a long time, but no one really ever looked at it as an option, which is surprising with the fact that we live with so much technology and internet access. It’s surprising but not surprising that remote testing is not used more. Surprising since it would allow more people easier access to getting a license, but not surprising since “We’ve always done it this way…”
The Anchorage Amateur Radio Club is offering remote testing in the US and Canada and now. Now we have the ability to upgrade while under quarantine. And it’s Free. However, the applicant must have a proctor present and it is on the person to find that proctor:
Please note: Remote examinations require that a proctor, identified by the examinee and approved by the Anchorage ARC VEC, be present during the examination session. Proctor information must be provided during the application process. Unfortunately, if no proctor information is provided, the application for remote testing will be disapproved.
More information can be found at https://kl7aa.org/vec/remote-testing/