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.

Amateur Radio License Class

Day Date Time (PT) Location Contact
Sat Nov 6  2 PM Immanuel Luthern Church
1209 Scheuber Rd N, Centralia, WA
 Jim Pace  New (11/98/2019)

Amateur Radio License Testing

Watch this page for scheduled testing sessions.

 On exam day bring the following items: Updated (08/01/2019)
  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.
  4. 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.
  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 the ARRL Obtain License Copy web page.
  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). 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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