Amateur Radio Exam Sessions

 Upcoming Exam Sessions 2020:

  • Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am to noon, location TBD

If you’ve been studying for a new license or upgrade, your next opportunity to take your test is coming up on Saturday, November 14. The location has not yet been determined.

Please Note that due to shelter-in-place requirements and bans on gatherings due to COVID-19, the November 14 session will be a Drive-In Exam Session. This session requires pre-registration.

The November 14 Drive-In Exam Session can only accommodate a limited number of candidates. That limit has not yet been determined, but will be at least 10 candidates. The earlier you pre-register, the more likely you will be assigned a slot at this session. If you complete the pre-registration process after the limit has been reached, you will be placed on a waiting list. 

The pre-registration process begins by you sending an e-mail to me, Brian Torr, N6IIY to n6iiy@arrl.net with the following information:

  1. Full Name
  2. Amateur Radio Callsign (if already licensed)
  3. Exam(s) you would like to take (Technician, General, or Amateur Extra)

After I receive this information, I will send you more detailed instructions and a form to fill out. The pre-registration process is completed once you return the form.  

If there are any last-minute cancellations or change of venue, I will contact you via e-mail.

Directions to Bennett Valley Guild Hall:

From Hwy 101, take the Hwy 12 exit east. At Farmer’s Lane, turn right and go two blocks to Bennett Valley Rd. Turn left onto Bennett Valley for 1.8 miles, where Bennett Valley Rd. meets Yulupa Ave. Turn right to stay on Bennett Valley Rd. Continue on Bennett Valley Rd for approximately 2.25 miles to Grange Rd. Turn right onto Grange Rd. Bennett Valley Guild Hall will be approximately 0.5 miles from from Bennett Valley Rd on the right.

Walk-ins will not be accepted at the November 14th session. Pre-registration is required for this session. We hope to allow walk-ins at later sessions. All test elements will be administered.

Time: 

For the November 14th session, candidates will be split into two groups, testing at two different times:

Group 1: Test between 9:00am and 10:30am. Arrive by 8:45am to sign-in.

Group 2: Test between 10:30am and noon. Arrive by 10:15am to sign-in.

Candidates should bring the following:

  • One (1) photo ID or two (2) non-photo ID
  • FCC Registration Number (FRN)
  • Original and photocopy of your current amateur radio license (if licensed)
  • Original and photocopy of any valid CSCEs (if applicable)
  • Original and photocopy of any documents submitted for exam credit (see Exam Element Credit below)
  • #2 Pencil and eraser
  • $15.00 exam fee. Checks may be made payable to “ARRL-VEC”. Only checks will be accepted at Drive-Up Exam Sessions.

Calculators may be used, but it must be demonstrated that all memories and programs have been erased. The calculator function in a cell phone or PDA may not be used!

If you have any special needs, please contact Brian Torr, N6IIY in advance.

Obtain an FRN Prior to Exam Session:

One of the pieces of information required is either your Social Security Number (SSN) or a Federal Registration Number (FRN).  The SSN would only be required if you do not already have an FRN ; those that would be upgrading will already have an FRN and that should be used. Processing of the paperwork after the exam can be expedited only if everyone at the session uses an FRN. If even one candidate applies using an SSN, paperwork for all candidates at that session will be delayed.

For sessions requiring preregistration, applicants for a new license must apply for an FRN directly from the FCC before the exam.

For sessions that accept walk-ins (no preregistration required) we will still require an FRN, but it will be possible to apply for an FRN at the exam session.

To apply for an FRN, go to this FCC website:

www.fcc.gov/uls

Follow the link to New User Registration.

Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses

The FCC now offers partial credit for expired General, Advanced or Extra Amateur Radio licenses. A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current 35-question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documents to obtain this credit. For information on where to obtain such documents, refer to the following URL (expand the link to “Valid Forms of Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses”)

http://www.arrl.org/exam-element-credit

Please have these documents before appearing at an amateur radio exam session.

Good Luck!

Brian Torr, N6IIY
n6iiy@arrl.net
(707) 575-5871