ARRL VEC Conducts First-Ever Ham Radio Licensing Exam Session In Cambodia:
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April 12, 2018
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ARRL VEC Conducts First-Ever Amateur Radio Licensing Exam Session In Cambodia:
The first ARRL VEC Amateur Radio examination session in Cambodia was
held on April 5. The session resulted in two new Technician licensees,
both Cambodian nationals, and one university professor, who tested all
the way to Amateur Extra-class in a single bound. Currently, no path
exists for Cambodians to obtain an Amateur Radio license in that
Southeast Asia nation, but qualifying for an FCC-issued US license
enables licensees to obtain a Cambodian license based on their US
"This is very exciting news!" ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM,
said. Volunteer Examiners were Mike Adams, KH0AS -- a resident of
Cambodia who holds XU7AJA; Guy West, N0MMA/XU7AKA, and David Creel,
AH0AM, who visits Cambodia often.
Participants were associated with the National Polytechnic Institute of
Cambodia (NPIC). The radio club there has been active in contests for
the past 3 years, using Adams' XU7AJA call sign. Adams has been working
in Cambodia for more than 20 years and living there full-time for the
past 3 years. He said that, while foreigners can get a reciprocal
license, there is no process for Cambodians to earn a ham one, except
to show a foreign radio license.
"We hope to work with the Ministry of Post and Telecoms to show there
is a demand for Amateur Radio in Cambodia," he said.
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