Exams

ARRL-VEC VE

*** NEW ***
ALL exam candidates MUST have an FRN and MUST include an email on their application.
see the “For FCC License Exams” section
below exam dates.

I am a VE (Volunteer Examiner) and Field Examiner registered with the ARRL/VEC (American Radio Relay League/Volunteer Examiner Coordinator) and work with Civil Defense Communications Auxiliary (CDCA) VE Group in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

CDCA hosts a monthly walk-in session for all Amateur Radio Service licenses and the EC-001 Intro to EmComm Final Assessment in Klamath Falls, OR. See the Schedule below.

VECs post scheduled exam sessions on their website so if you can’t make it to one of my sessions you may find one at a more convenient location, date or time. You will find sessions on the ARRL/VEC and W5YI websites.

If for any reason you are having trouble finding a session that will work with your schedule, a special group testing session can be set up. For a special session, we need at least 5 people scheduled to take exams. To coordinate a special session or ask any questions about the licensing process, please contact me.

Exam Schedule

ARRL-VEC License exams $15
EC-001 Intro to EmComm Exams $0
Sessions are 3rd Tuesday evenings 17:00-19:00
Klamath Community College
7390 S 6th St, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Building 7, Conference Center

2019: 12 Technician, 3 General
2020: 20 Technician, 4 General, 1 Extra
2021: (24 Technician, 13 General, 4 Extra : so far)
JAN 19 – 1 Technician, 3 General
FEB 16 – 3 Technician, 1 General, 3 Extra
MAR 16 – 4 Technician, 2 General
APR 20 – 6 Technician, 4 General
MAY 18 – 2 Technician, 3 General, 1 Extra
MAY 23 – 7 Technician
JUN 15 – 1 Technician
JUL 20 –
AUG 17 –
SEP 21 –
OCT 19 –
NOV 16 –
DEC 21 –

Test Dates & Location Updated 21 July 2021

For FCC License Exams

*** NEW ***
ALL candidates MUST have an FRN at the exam session. We have been authorized for electronic submission of exam materials and all candidates must have an FRN on their 605 Application for License.

What this means for the candidate
With electronic submission you will see your new license or upgrade in the FCC database within a couple business days, often the next day, rather than a week to 10 days. Since our exams are on Tuesdays you should have your new callsign or upgrade posted by the end of busness Wednesday, Friday at the latest, allowing new hams to operate that same week!

Regardless of who you choose to test with, you will need to register with the FCC before attending an exam session. Registration is free and you will be issued an FRN number on the spot. You will need the FRN to communicate with the FCC once you have taken and passed your exam.

The FCC has a video on how to register on the CORES system and get your FRN.

Also new this year, the FCC will be requiring an email address on the 605 application. This means a valid email must be on file. If you don’t keep your email address updated along with your mailing address you may have your license suspended or revoked if mail/email is returned undeliverable. The Amateur Service is the last to have this requirement applied, all other FCC radio service licensees already must meet this requirement.

Note: An Amateur Radio license is required to transmit on amateur frequencies. No license is required to listen! Get an inexpensive radio and start listening in on your local repeaters so you can hit the ground running when your new callsign is posted.

For EC-001 Exams

To take the EC-001 Final Assessment you need to have completed the EC-001 Introduction to Emergency Communications course and have an instructor recommendation to take the exam. You also need to provide proof of having taken the ICS-100 and IS-700 FEMA online classes.

I offer this class in an online format and will provide a suitable letter stating completion and a recommendation for examination. If you have taken this course from another approved Field Instructor you will need to present the same information from that instructor in advance of the testing session. This information will need to be verified before the exam paperwork can be submitted for your certificate. If you have any questions, please contact me in advance.

As always I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Send questions to jon@kk6gxg.com and I will do my best to answer it quickly.

Updated 18 May 2021

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