Area Laurel VEC upcoming no charge amateur radio exams are as follows
6400 Johnson Pond Road, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526 First Saturday 10 AM
2813 Banks Road, Raleigh, NC 27603 Third Thursday 10:00 AM*
129 North Main Street, Wendell, NC 27591 Fourth Saturday 1:00 PM (Jan-Oct)
2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 Fourth Tuesday Even Months 6 PM
*registration required due to space limitations all other locations registration requested https://fivecountyhre.org/study-tips-and-registration/
A list of no charge amateur radio exams are listed at https://www.laurelvec.com/
The exams we promote are administered by the Laurel VEC. They do not charge a fee for the exam.
For a listing of free exams in you area see The Laurel VEC website.
Ready Gov suggest that you have alternate forms of communication available. During an emergency is not the time to learn how to use your communication.
Amateur radio stations provide weather details to the National Weather Service thru the Skywarn program.
FCHRE Participates in JOTA 2021
Take a look at this video of our activities. It includes a look at deploying a dipole with a potato gun and a scout talking to Germany!
Join the Five County Ham Radio Enthusiasts on our Membership Registration page.
We hold a weekly net
Every Sunday night at 7:00 PM we hold our Five County Net on the Carolina 440 system.
The Five County net is held each Sunday at 7:00 PM. The topic of the net is checkin driven meaning If you have any topic of interest to the ham radio or other hobbies you may bring it up. Net control may restrict any topic and topics must be compliant with the repeater trustee and fcc regulations. We hope new and old amateur radio operators check in and volunteer for net control.
Carolina 440 consist of 14 Repeaters are on the Raleigh Carolina 440 UHF Link System full time covering over 45,000 square miles of mobile coverage. In addition to the RF Linked repeaters *Expandable coverage using IRLP, AllStar and EchoLink are available.
FCHRE Speakers Bureau
FCHRE is offering a speakers bureau. Our members can offer a variety of topics in amateur radio from getting your amateur radio license to using your computer with your radio. Email email@example.com
Parks on the Air Activation
A couple of our members practiced their amateur radio skills by setting up their radio at a local campground see the story POTA Activation 2021 Raven Rock
In The News
East Wake Television featured Amateur Radio on a recent video. You may recognize a couple of our members.
Sky1 interviewed the FCVET at JARSFEST.