The Chehalis Valley
Amateur Radio Society
Check out this ARRL web site for information about Amateur Radio and how to get started.
The question pools can be found at:
General Class (7/2015-6/2019)
Extra Class (7/2016-6/2020)
Olympia Amateur Radio Society's Exam SiteMain Page;
includes links to question pools and study guides.
Helpful instruction and study guides
can be found at:Shared Resources
Morse code is not required for any USA Amateur Radio license, but can be fun to learn.
A Microsoft® Windows® program that helps to learn morse code can be found at:www.justlearnmorsecode.com.
A web site that offers morse code practice is at:
lcwo.net Another site at:
aa9pw.com/morsecode also has practice for Technician, General and Extra license exams.
There are apps for smart phones/tablets/etc. Check out your app store for details.
Locally available help is listed below.
Request a Mentor/Elmer
Elmers (or mentors) provide personal guidance and assistance to
would-be hams or newly licensed hams.
A ham is a Federal Communications Commission licensed amateur radio operator.
Email Dick Morrison, the CVARS mentor coordinator,
and he will have someone contact you.
Technician Amateur Radio License Class
Watch this page for scheduled classes.
Amateur Radio License Testing
Watch this page for scheduled testing sessions.
On exam day bring the following items:
- A legal photo ID (driver's license, passport).
- When no photo ID is available, two forms of identification must be presented:
- non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them)
- birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
- social security card
- library card
- utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form 605.
- Students may bring any of the above items and/or a school ID, minor's work permit, report card, or a legal guardian may present a photo ID.
- Bring your Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN). VEC's are required by FCC to submit either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application form. If you prefer not to give your SSN, then you may use your FCC issued FRN, if you have one. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC's FAQ page and the FCC's registration instructions page.
- If applicable, bring the original and a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license and any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions. The photocopy(s) will not be returned.
- Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen.
- A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they're free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phones' calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.
- Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session fee(s). The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2017 is $15.00 (for one attempt at all three license elements). If a candidate fails an element at an exam session and wants to re-test for the same element, an additional fee will be required.
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