The Chehalis Valley
Amateur Radio Society
A 501(c)(3) Corporation

ARRL special service club

Check out this ARRL web site for information about Amateur Radio and how to get started.

The question pools can be found at:
Technician (7/2018-6/2022) 
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;
     Second 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  A web site 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 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.

Extra Class Amateur Radio License Study Group

Day Date Time (PT) Location Contact
Wed Aug 1
– Oct 3
6:30 PM
– 8:30 PM
Mountain View Baptist Church
1201 Belmont Avenue
Centralia, WA
 James Van Ornum  New (07/19/2019)

See FYI - Extra Class Study Group on this web site for more details.

Amateur Radio License Testing

Watch this page for scheduled testing sessions.

 On exam day bring the following items: 
  1. A legal photo ID (driver's license, passport).
  2. When no photo ID is available, two forms of identification must be presented:
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen.
  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). 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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