The Chehalis Valley
Amateur Radio Society
A 501(c)(3) Corporation
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 (7/2019-6/2023)
Extra Class (7/2016-6/2020)
Helpful instruction and study guides
can be found at:Shared Resources
N7CFO's Western Washington Amateur RadioClasses and Exam Sessions
Olympia Amateur Radio Society's Exam SiteMain Page;
includes links to question pools and study guides.
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.
Amateur Radio License Class
|| 2 PM
||Immanuel Luthern Church
1209 Scheuber Rd N, Centralia, WA
| Jim Pace
Amateur Radio License Testing
Watch this page for scheduled testing sessions.
On exam day bring the following items:
- One legal photo ID (identification):
- State Driver’s License
- Government issued Passport
- Military or Law Enforcement Officer Photo ID card
- Student School Photo ID card
- State Photo ID card
- If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
- Non-photo State ID card (some states still have them)
- Birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
- Social security card
- Employer's wage statement or Minor's work permit
- School ID card
- School or Public 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/minors without a photo ID need to bring only one of the
above items if a legal guardian presents their photo ID; otherwise
two non-photo IDs are required.
- Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal
Registration Number (FRN); VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit
either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application
form. If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then
you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you
have a FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the
application. 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. Please note that some
exam teams will only accept a valid FRN on your application.
Check with your local exam team before exam day.
- If applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio
license or a reference copy printed out from the FCC website, the
license information printed from ARRL website or QRZ website,
or the original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful
Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous
exam sessions. If your license has already been issued by FCC,
the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The photocopy(s)
will not be returned.
Instructions on how to obtain an official FCC license copy are on
Obtain License Copy web page.
- 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
- Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session fee(s).
Check the ARRL VEC’s current
exam fees web site.
The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2019 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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