Getting started with Amateur/Ham Radio (or upgrading your current license!)
Important Information about Testing!
The GSARA VE Team is planning to have an Exam Session on June 19, 2021 at
Fellowship Hall, Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.
The site provides tables, chairs, bathrooms and enough space for social distancing. The church is handicap accessible. Please let us know in the comments if you need handicap access so we can make sure to accommodate you on the morning of the test.
Due Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a twenty (20) candidate limit for the day. The
Team will be using social distancing, masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.
Ten candidates at a time will be tested at two consecutive sittings. Sessions will run at
9:00 AM and 11:00 AM and exam times will be assigned by the contact person on a first-
come, first-served basis. Exam times will permit a maximum of 2 hours per session,
allowing time for processing, sanitation, registration, then instructions and exams will
begin again. Candidates will only be allowed one test of one element - there will be no re-
testing. Candidates will only be permitted in the exam room during their assigned exam
period. Candidates for the second session must wait outside the building.
Candidates must pre-register and appear at their assigned time. No walk-ins will be
admitted. Candidates are required to download and bring a completed form NCVEC 605
(.pdf form on ARRL site) to the exam along with required identification. No walk-ins will
be accepted. Candidates must bring a copy of their license if upgrading and any current
CSCE for earned credit. Candidates are required to provide their own mask, gloves/hand
sanitizer, pencils and pen.
Exam candidates will be tested using a software generated exam booklet. The booklet
will be destroyed when the exam is finished. The only paperwork the VE’s will handle
are the answer sheets, NCVEC Form 605 and license copies. CSCE forms are available
digitally and will be digitally signed and sent to the candidate as a PDF.
All exam materials for ARRL/VEC submission will be scanned or imaged and sent to
ARRL digitally in either PDF or Excel format. All original materials will be destroyed.
Any exam materials retained by GSARA will be reprinted from digital files after
GSARA VE Team
****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).