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 March 19, 2022 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 to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a twenty (20) candidate limit for the day. The
Team will be using social distancing, masks, and hand sanitizer.
We will be limited to 20 candidates total for the test session. Retest or upgrade testing will be allowed.
Candidates must pre-register. 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, pencils and pen.
Hand sanitizer will be available.
Standard exam booklets will be used.
All exam materials for ARRL/VEC submission will be scanned or imaged and sent to
ARRL digitally in PDF format. CSCE forms will be digitally signed and sent to the candidate as a PDF.
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 and now required by the FCC.
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).