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 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

Day   Date   Time (PT)                         Location                                   Contact          
December 18  2:00 PM  Mountain View Baptist Church
 1201 Belmont Avenue
  Centralia, WA       NEW 10/18/2021 
 Jim Pace, K7CEX 
PLEASE email Jim Pace at 
                if you are interested in taking the exam.

  On exam day bring the following items:  
  1. One legal photo ID (identification):
  2. If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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's Obtain License Copy web page.
  6. Two  #2 pencils  with erasers (for marking the answer sheet) and a  pen  (for filling in forms).
  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 website.
    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.
  9. Be aware that some information about you will be made publicly available on the FCC's website:FCC Licensee Privacy

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