Exam Schedule

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Obtaining your Amateur (HAM) Radio License

  • We hope you decide to pursue your Amateur License. It opens a life time of enjoyment and discovery.
  • You can visit www.helloradio.com or The FCCfor more information.
  • All Amateur License Tests are multiple choice, based on the approved NCVEC Question Pools.
Technician Class Exam
35 Questions
Passing score of 26
2014-2018 NCVEC Tech Pool
Technician Class Study Guide (pdf)(courtesy of KB6NU)
General Class Exam
35 Questions
Passing score of 26
2015-2019 NCVEC General Pool
General Class Study Guide (pdf)(courtesy of KB6NU)
Amateur Extra Class Exam
50 Questions
Passing score of 37
2016-2020 NCVEC Extra Pool
Extra Class Study Guide (pdf) (courtesy of AD7FO)

VE Team Accredidation

  • VE's or Volunteer Examiners are average hams who have agreed to be impartial proctors on behalf of the FCC, and who are registered with a VEC.
  • The 721st MCB VE Team is accredited thru the Laurel ARC VEC.
    • We are happy to continue their tradition of offering Amateur Radio Exams to all free of charge since 1984.
    • VE Roster

Logistics

NEW for 2016---Exam sessions will be the 3rd Thursday of the month at 19:00 Hrs Local Time EXCEPT FOR JUNE (ARRL FIELD DAY).

Tentative 2017 Schedule 

---Exam sessions will be the 3rd Thursday of the month at 19:00 Hrs Local Time EXCEPT FOR JUNE (ARRL FIELD DAY).

  • Jan 19
  • Feb 16
  • March 16
  • April 20
    • Alternate Site / not at WCTS
  • May 18
  • June 24 + 25
    • Alternate Site / not at WCTS
  • July 20
    • Alternate Site / not at WCTS
  • Aug 17
    • Alternate Site / not at WCTS
  • Sept 21
  • Oct 19
  • Nov 16
  • Dec 21
Location
  • Regular Sessions are held at Warren County Technical School, 1500 Route 57, Washington NJ 07882 (Map Here).
    • Sessions are conducted in the school cafeteria.
    • Park in the school parking lot to the west (right of the building - Please do not park in the library parking lot).
    • Proceed to the Main Entrance in the front of the school, the cafeteria is just inside the Main Entrance.
  • We are happy to accommodate testing sessions for those with functional needs by special arrangement. Please contact us directly to discuss how we can facilitate a test session.
  • !!!!!!!CONTACT US FOR ALTERNATE SITE LOCATIONS DUE TO SCHOOL AVAILABILITY!!!!!!!
Registration

What to bring to an Exam Session:

  • Photo ID
  • Basic Calculator
  • Pen/Pencil and blank scrap paper
  • Photo Copy of any existing Amateur Radio license or CSCE
  • Your FCC FRN# or SSN
    • NOTE: If you don't already have an FCC FRN, while not required, we recommend applying for one prior to the exam. It makes the paperwork easier and eliminates the need to disclose your SSN. Instructions on applying for an FRN can be found at this FCC website:(FCC FRN FAQ PAGE)
  • If you do not yet have any FCC License, you can register to obtain an FRN prior to your exam via FCC CORES
  • Optional- Complete NCVEC Form 605, Section 1: print 2 copies, and bring them to your test session. DO NOT SIGN until instructed to do so at the Test Session.

Study Materials

Good study references in addition the the ARRL or Gordon West books (Amazon.com is a good source) include:

License Study Guides

We tell most people they are ready for the exam when they consistently score over 85-90% on the practice tests.

After the Exam

Effective February 17, 2015 the FCC no longer automatically mails paper licenses by default.
  • HOW WILL I GET MY LICENSE?
An active record in the FCC Universal License System (ULS) is your authorization to operate.
  • GETTING AN OFFICIAL COPY OF YOUR LICENSE YOU CAN PRINT YOURSELF
  • The FCC provides an official copy of your license in the form of a .pdf file that you can print yourself.
  • You can get this .pdf file in one of two ways:
1. Provide an e-mail address on your NCVEC Form 605 application. The FCC will then e-mail the .pdf file to you when the application is granted.
2. Use your FCC Registration Number (FRN) to log into the ULS and download the .pdf file of your current license. See the BLUE arrows in the example here
  • GETTING AN OFFICIAL PAPER COPY OF YOUR LICENSE MAILED TO YOU
  • You can still have a paper copy of your license mailed to you by the FCC by logging into the ULS and selecting the option to always receive paper licenses. See the RED arrows in the example here
  • If you do not yet have any FCC License, you can register to obtain an FRN prior to your exam via FCC CORES and then follow the step above before you take your test.
  • In any case, selecting the option to receive paper licenses WILL NOT cause the FCC to automatically mail you a paper copy of any existing or current license. A paper copy will only be mailed when there is a change to your license such as: a new grant, an upgrade or a renewal.
  • SPECIAL NOTE:
  • The FCC no longer uses special watermarked paper to print licenses. They now print on plain, re-cycled white paper.
  • Therefore, there is NO DIFFERENCE between a paper license mailed by the FCC and a license that you print yourself from the .pdf file.

Questions?

Please let us know if you have any questions, or require any assistance preparing for your exam.


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721st Mechanized Contest Battalion VE Team