Getting your Amateur Radio License
Volunteer Examiner Sessions

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For candidates wanting to take an amateur radio exam for the first time or to upgrade to a higher amateur radio class, The VE members of ETSNJ provide the VE exam testing at the Clark Municipal Building, 430 Westfield Avenue, Clark, New Jersey. Rear Entrance.

The exam session is sponsored by the Electronic Technology Society of New Jersey and the exams are administered on the Second Saturday of every month.  Registration starts at 8:30AM, exams start at 9:00AM.

Due to the COVID19 emergency drive-in testing procedures have been implemented. Walk-ins are no longer permitted. All test candidates must email w2Oudrew@gmail.com in advance to ensure space is available and so that an interactive pdf form can be forwarded to them that can be completed on their computer and printed out before the test date that would help facilitate the registration process.

Blog Post Describing a Drive-in Testing Session

Contact Drew, W2OU, at 732-801-4654 or w2ou@arrl.net for further information.

VE Session Dates

December 12, 2020
January 9, 2021
February 13, 2021
March 13, 2021
April 10, 2021
May 8, 2021
June 12, 2021
July 10, 2021
August 14, 2021
September 11, 2021
October 9, 2021
November 13, 2021

What to Bring

Bring two forms of identification; one should have a photo on it. FCC form 605 will be furnished at the time of registration. Form 605 must be completed in ink so bring a pen and a pencil for the exams. The fee for the exams is $15.00. Make check payable to "ARRL/VEC". If you are a licensed Ham, please bring the original of your license and a photocopy. The original will be returned to you.

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What to Expect

Exam elements required for license is as follows:

When a candidate completes an exam element, the examiners will grade the exam, and 70 percent or greater constitute a passing score. If required by you the next higher element will be administered, etc. Upon completion of all exam elements you will be given a CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exams) showing all elements successfully completed and the class of license the candidate is qualified for. If the candidate is upgrading from a previous class of license the new class of license is instant and can be used as stated on the back of the CSCE form. New candidates must wait until the FCC issues a call sign, which usually takes about 7 to 10 days. After 7 days, candidates can call the ARRL at 1-860-594-0300 to check if a call sign has been assigned. If a call sign has been issued, the new licensee can operate as per FCC rules and regulations.

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The ARRL publishes a number of study guides and videos to prepare a candidate for taking exams. The ARRL address is:

ARRL
225 Main Street
Newington, CT. 06111
Telephone: 860-594-0200

All ETSNJ examiners are fully accredited by the ARRL/VEC (ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator).  All exam material will be furnished at the session and meet all the requirements of current Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations, and are administered in accordance with those requirements and generally accepted educational testing principals and practices.

This information is provided by ETSNJ, VE Manager Drew Moore.