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 and the Klamath Basin Amateur Radio Association VE Groups in the Klamath Basin here in Oregon.
The KBARA Group hosts regular walk-in testing sessions for all Amateure Radio Service licenses Quarterly in Klamath Falls, OR.
For current dates, check the link above
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 or a KBARA session 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.
The CV-19 Pandemic has made it clear that a remote testing option needs to be available, at least under certain circumstances, and that these remote sessions need to be available through a much larger number of VE groups.
The Civil Defense Communications Auxiliary VE group has started the process of becoming an approved remote testing group with the ARRL-VEC. We are working with the Silicon Valley VE Group who is developing an ARRL authorized remote testing solution.
Although our in-person sessions have resumed, in the spirit of preparedness, we are continuing to work towards authorization with the VEC for remote sessions. Once that option is available we will establish a regular schedule for remote exams to keep on top of new developments and stay in practice in the event it becomes necessary again.
When remote testing has begun we will offer testing to a constrained geographical area, Southern and Eastern Oregon and parts of Northern-most California. We will prioritize individuals that live in unserved or underserved areas first. All remote exams will be scheduled in advance, and a special instructions and requirements will be posted to a dedicated page on this site.
ARRL-VEC License exams $15
EC-001 Intro to EmComm Exams $0
Sessions are 3rd Tuesday evenings 17:00-19:30
Klamath Community College
7390 S 6th St, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Building 6, room 6108
Test Dates Updated 1 September 2020
For FCC License Exams
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 for general license information.
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 email@example.com and I will do my best to answer it quickly.
Page Updated 1 September 2020