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 Klamath Basin Amateur Radio Association and independently.

The KBARA Group hosts regular walk-in testing sessions for all Amateure Radio Service licenses Quarterly. For current dates, check the link above

VECs post scheduled sessions on their website so if you can’t make it to KBARA session you may find one at a more convenient 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 testing session can be set up. For a special session, we need at least 5 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. Send questions to and I will do my best to answer it quickly.

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