CVARS    K7PG
  The Chehalis Valley
 Amateur Radio Society
A  501(c)(3) Non-profit

     ARRL special service club

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,, with:
  a) your email address, and
  b) which license test(s) you would like to take.

Check out ARRL's "What is Ham Radio" website for Amateur Radio information.
See N7CFO's website for scheduled classes and testing sessions in Western Washington.

The license question pools can be found at:

Helpful instruction and study guides can be found at:

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: A website that offers morse code practice is at: Another site at: also has practice for Technician, General and Extra license exams. There are apps for smart phones/tablets/etc. Check out your device's 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.

Technician Amateur Radio License Classes

Watch this page for scheduled classes.

Amateur Radio Technician, General and Extra License Testing

NOTE: Effective April 19, 2022, the FCC is charging $35 per Amateur Radio license application.
      See "FCC Application Fee Instructions"for details.
Day       Date        Time (PT)                      Location                                  Contact            
Jun 18  2:00 PM  Mountain View Baptist Church
 1201 Belmont Avenue
  Centralia, WA
 Jim Pace 
PLEASE email Jim Pace at 
                            if you are interested in taking the exam.

  On exam day bring the following items:  
    Federal Registration Number (FRN): Examinees are required by the FCC to submit your FRN with your license application form. New license applicants must 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 the CORES Registration page and the FCC's Registration instructions page.
  2. One legal photo ID (identification):
  3. If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
  4. 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.
  5. If applicable, bring a printed copy of your Amateur Radio license or be able to show proof of the license in the official FCC database. Acceptable copies or printouts of licenses are available from the following sources: the official license or reference license printed from the FCC website or license data printed from the ARRL website or QRZ website. 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 the FCC, the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The candidate is require to show proof of the current license to the team but the team is no longer required to submit the proof to the VEC. Expired license proof must be submitted to the team and to the VEC for processing to FCC. These photocopies will not be returned.
  6. Two  #2 pencils  with erasers and a  pen  for in person sessions.
  7. 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.
  8. Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session fee(s). Check the ARRL VEC’s current exam fees .
  9. Be aware that some information about you will be made publicly available on the FCC's website: (FCC Licensee Privacy) including a felony conviction status. All applicants must answer the Basic Qualification Question (felony conviction status question) on the 605 Form at the exam session.
Links verified 04/01/2022.

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