License Exams

ARRL-VEC VEI am a VE (Volunteer Examiner) registered with the ARRL/VEC (American Radio Relay League/Volunteer Examiner Coordinator) and work with the Silicon Valley VE Group.

The SVVE Group hosts regular walk-in testing sessions for all Amateure Radio Service licenses on the first and third Saturday of the month starting at 8 AM, until 11 AM, at the Saratoga Fire Station in Saratoga, CA.

Check the SVVE website for a current schedule and list of things you need to bring with you to a testing session.

There are other VECs as well. W5YI, and Sunnyvale VEC both have scheduled sessions so if you can’t make it to an SVVE session you may find one at a more convenient date or time.

If for any reason you are having trouble finding a session that will work with your schedule, a special testing session can be set up where I hold classes in San Jose, or at your location (within reason). For a special session, we need at least 10 people scheduled to take the exam. To coordinate a special session or ask any questions about the licensing process, please contact me.

Regardless of who you choose to test with, it’s a good idea to register with the FCC before coming in for a test. Registration is free and you will be issued an FRN number on the spot. You will need the FRN to communicate with the FCC and it will expedite the processing and issuance of your license once you have taken and passed your exam.

As a side-note, if you do not have an FRN when you take your exam, you will need to use your Social Security number on your application. When the application is received by the FCC, they will issue an FRN. Registering with the FCC in advance just speeds things up.

In the meantime, to get started in Amateur Radio you can take a look at the ARRL websites Getting Licensed page, or Gordon West’s W5YI Amateur Radio page for general license information.

As always I am happy to answer any questions you may have so send an email to and I will do my best to answer it quickly.

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