Wednesday, March 10, 2021

ARRL Tells FCC There Are Enough VECs

Responding to an FCC Pubic Notice in January seeking comment on the possible expansion of the volunteer examining program to add new Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs), the ARRL said the program is working just fine with the 14 VECs currently administering amateur license exams and that adding more would make more work for the FCC staff and "raise the potential for abuse and fraud."

According to the ARRL Letter, the League's comments noted that exam opportunities continued to be plentiful even during the Covid-19 pandemic, and suggested that "(i)nstead of increasing the number of VECs, we would encourage volunteers to become accredited as VEs (volunteer examiners) and to … help the current VECs wherever possible." ARRL-VEC is the largest of the 14 current VEC organizations.