The ARRL VEC conducted its seventh Amateur Radio exam session in Antarctica earlier this month, with everything monitored remotely from ARRL Headquarters via Skype and a satellite connection. The session on August 3 at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station — home to KC4AAA — was the largest of its type that ARRL VEC has conducted, ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said. Twelve examinees took 32 exams.
“The station’s winter population is 46 people,” Somma said. “Since 11 people passed the exam(s) and obtained licenses, this means that we have 12 people on station — including the VE — that will have licenses. That’s more than a quarter of the South Pole station’s population!”
Somma reported that two examinees earned Amateur Extra tickets, while three got their General licenses, and six passed the Technician exam. James Casey, AI4LX, served as the volunteer examiner (VE) at the South Pole, while Somma and Perry Green, WY1O, were the VEs at ARRL Headquarters.