We have started testing for amateur radio licenses within Corvid-19 guidelines.
If you are interested in testing for the Technician, General and/or Extra Class license,
Email Jim Pace, firstname.lastname@example.org, with:
a) your email address, and
b) which license tests you would like to take.
Check out this ARRL website for information about Amateur Radio and how to get started.
KB6NU's "No-Nonsense" Technician, General and Extra
Class 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 website 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.
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 Don Lockridge, the CVARS Elmer coordinator,
and he will have someone contact you. UPDATED 01/07/2021
Technician Amateur Radio License Classes
Watch this page for scheduled classes.
Amateur Radio Technician, General and Extra License Testing
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. Minor children (under the age of 18) may be accompanied in the
room by an adult during the test.
Federal Registration Number (FRN): VECs are required by the FCC
to submit your FRN with your license application form.
New license applicants should create an FCC user account and
register their Social Security Number (SSN) in the FCC Commission
Registration System(CORES)before attending exam sessions.
Registrants will be assigned an FRN which will be used in all license
transactions with the FCC. For instructions on how to register your
SSN and receive an FRN from the FCC, visit
theFCC's Registrationpage and
theFCC's Registration instructionspage.
Per FCC rules, a valid email address is also mandatory on the application form.
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
ARRL'sObtain License Copyweb page.
Two #2 pencils with erasers (for marking the answer sheet)
and a pen (for filling in forms).
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 currentexam feeswebsite.
The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2021 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.
Be aware that some information about you will be made publicly available
on the FCC's website:FCC Licensee Privacy