Getting started with Amateur/Ham Radio (or upgrading your current license!)
Bedford Safety Complex
55 Constitution Drive Bedford, NH 03110
Important Information about Testing!
The GSARA/ARRL VE Team will hold four(4) Covid-19 compliant Amateur Radio Licensing Exam Sessions on June 20, 2020 at Wilson Hill Pistol Club, 1732 Lake Shore Road, Manchester, NH. The site provides tables, chairs, bathrooms and enough space for social distancing.
Due to space, time limitations and Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a twenty(20) candidate limit for the day. Testing will be limited to five(5) candidates at a time at four(4) consecutive sittings. Sessions times will be 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Sessions will run back to back and exam times will be assigned sequentially on a first-come, first-served basis. NO WALK-INS WILL BE PERMITTED.
Exam sittings will be a maximum of 2 hours each allowing time for registration, exam introduction, testing, grading and cleaning. The sequence will then repeat.
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For all license candidates,
A. Candidates must register and appear at their assigned time. No walk-ins or late arrivals will be admitted. If you are unable to attend please email Charlie French K1CRF at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to free up your test slot.
B. All candidates must have an FRN (Federal Registration Number). If you are applying for your “Technician” license see the instructions below and register for an FRN. If you have a license already, you have an FRN. Look it up on the FCC web site.
C. Candidates are required to download and bring a completed form NCVEC 605 (.pdf form on ARRL site) to the exam.
D. Candidates must bring a copy of their license if upgrading and any current CSCE for earned credit.
E. Candidates are required to provide their own mask, gloves/hand sanitizer, pencils and pen.
F. Candidates will only be permitted one(1) sitting for one(1) exam element (Technician, General or Extra). No re-tests will be offered.
G. Candidates will only be permitted in the exam room during their assigned exam period.
H. Candidates for the following session must wait outside or in their car.
J. Candidates will be tested using exam booklets generated by using ARRL software. The booklet will be destroyed when the exam is finished.
K. CSCE (Certificate of Successfully Completed Element) forms will be digitally signed and sent to the candidate as a PDF.
The ARRL VEC Test Fee for 2020 is $15.00. Please bring exact cash or a check.
To register for this special test session you must send by return email the following:
1. Your FRN (Federal Registration Number).
2. The single test element you wish to attempt. You may only select one test element and attempt one time. (Tech, General, Extra)
If/when your Exam time is confirmed, complete items B, C, D and E above. Remember, you must provide necessary copies and all of the required items. We will NOT provide masks, gloves, sanitizer, writing instruments nor make copies of your information.
Once your Exam time is confirmed by email you will receive final instructions and directions to the test site, about a week before the test.
****Instructions for candidates registering for an FCC FRN before Exam day
Required for e-filing with ARRL
Applying for a new Amateur Radio license?
Please register on your smart phone or on a computer. It’s very easy and only takes a few minutes. This way you will have your login and password information and can access their FCC license record as soon as it’s issued.
Register in CORES (COmission REgistrationSystem) and receive your FRN (Federal Registration Number) before sitting for your exam to ensure your new license is processed quickly and easily through the FCC's ULS (Universal Licensing System).
To conduct business with the FCC, you must register through FCC CORES and be assigned an FRN. This number will be used to uniquely identify you in all transactions with the FCC.
View the FCC web page New Users guide to ULS for step by step instructions on the registration process or the Commission Registration System Video Tutorials page for videos that help guide CORES users through a variety of situations.
For assistance, submit a help request on the FCC’s Support Services page or call FCC at 877-480-3201 (Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET).