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May 11th Monthly BARC Zoom Meeting

May 11 @ 19:00 - 21:00

We are happy to announce that Marcel Steiber, AI6MS, is returning to give another fascinating presentation for our monthly BARC meeting! Of course this time it’s on Zoom. It will be “Fully-Remote Amateur Radio Exam Administration”.

(His previous presentation was in September 2019 on HF Towers- It was really interesting!)

Amateur Radio license examinations are typically administered in-person by a team of at least 3 Volunteer Examiners. In 2014, the FCC authorized remote exam administration, which has seen limited use by a limited group of Volunteer Exam Coordinators in remote areas to provide exam sessions. In 2020, with the nation-wide shelter-in-place health restrictions, a renewed need to provide fully-remote exams brought together a small working group of amateur radio enthusiasts to develop processes, documentation, and improved examination software (using ExamTools, from the creators of This talk will go through the details, improvements, and challenges of fully-remote exam administration, including exam integrity, digital signatures, and computer-based testing that not only benefits the short-term need for fully-remote exams, but also enhances in-person examination sessions for your VE Team!

Marcel Stieber, AI6MS, has been an amateur radio operator since 2008 while attending the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He was President of the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club, W6BHZ, and is currently the Industry Advisor to the club. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, concentrating on RF and Communications, and writing his thesis on “Radio Direction Finding Network Receiver Design for Low-cost Public Service Applications”. Marcel currently serves as Chair of the Cal Poly Electrical Engineering Industry Advisory Board. He is an Assistant Emergency Coordinator for the City of Cupertino, serving as the trustee and technical lead for the Cupertino ARES UHF repeater, W6TDM, and as the Project Lead for the Cupertino ARES ARKnet Project, which is building up a high-speed wireless intranet for the emergency responders in Cupertino. Marcel regularly volunteers at local repeater workdays as an RF technician and tower climber and enjoys providing communications for local bike rides and triathlons. He also volunteers as a Technical Advisor to several event management companies and local repeater groups. He is an ARRL Life Member and has helped license over 1500 hams since 2009, mostly recently working to develop processes and train teams using fully-remote examination methods. More info at The meeting will begin at 7:00pm.

You can go on Zoom a few minutes early to meet and greet other hams!

All that are interested are Welcome! To get the Zoom invitation leave a message at 707-742-3227 or info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)


May 11
19:00 - 21:00




Benicia Amateur Radio Club (BARC)