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Antarctic VEC

Maria Somma of ARRL


Maria manages the ARRL VEC and talks about the unique VE session between Connecticut and Antarctica.

Exam Session

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The test session “way down under.” [Photo by Ernie Gray, W1MRQ]

Prep for paperwork

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Before the session, Volunteer Examiner Penny Harts, N1NAG, (seated) and ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, discuss online “paperwork.” [Photo by Joel Kleinman, N1BKE]

WV1X grades exams

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VE Steve Ewald, WV1X, grading an exam in the ARRL VEC office. [Photo by Joel Kleinman, N1BKE]

Connecticut's view

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The view of the South Pole session from Newington via satellite link. The inset at the lower right of the screen shows what their computer was showing the session organizers at the Pole: Somma is at the left and ARRL VEC staff member Amanda Grimaldi, who handled most of the keyboard communications, is at the right. [Photo by Joel Kleinman, N1BKE]


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