Official WCARSVEC Logo

WCARS2Right: The official WCARSVEC logo — designed by Ralph, W5VE and authorized for use by Norman, N4NH our VEC.

If you are a WCARSVEC volunteer examiner, permission is granted for use on QSL cards, patches for cap or shoulder, coffee cups, or any other respectful use.

To get the artwork, please follow these steps:

1. Left click on logo to get a full-sized version of artwork.

2. Right click to download and save to your computer.

Any questions, email



Discovering Amateur Radio

An introduction to Amateur Radio and the many possibilities it offers for learning, safety and security, and helping others throughout our world. Join us for this journey that takes us through a brief history of communications technology and then into the many exciting opportunities that the world of ham radio has to offer today.


License Status Inquiries

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You can determine if a new or upgraded license has been granted by going to   the WCARS/VEC web site ( or click on License Search.   Type your Last Name, First Name and Middle Initial,  pull down from   The window on left (License Name)  then click on search.

For other inquiries e-mail:

(License Search):

One by One Call Sign Request

If your group wishes to request a 1X1 call sign, please complete the attached form and submit to:

Ralph Roberts, W5VE WCARS/VEC 1X1 Coordinator

or (preferred) click here to email or fax to 828-255-8719

Click on link here for the application form: 1 X 1


WCARS/VEC is always looking for ways to help our hobby and increase its numbers. If you or your group is interested in forming a WCARS/VEC Team, please contact one of the directors below:


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What is Amateur Radio


Wikipedia: Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectrum for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. The term “amateur” is used to specify persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without direct pecuniary interest, and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.).
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