2014-03-29 Ham Radio License Test (VE Session)

ARRL Volunteer Examiner Patch

AARC will be holding its quarterly VE (Volunteer Examiner) session where people can take exams to obtain or upgrade an Amateur Radio (ham radio) license, adminstered for the FCC by our ARRL accredited Volunteer Examineers (VEs). Your exam will be graded on the spot.

Earlysville Volunteer Fire Station
283 Reas Ford Rd, Earlysville, VA 22936
Latitude: 38.144678 Longitude: -78.491183. Maidenhead Grid Locator: FM08SD14BR

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There is normally a nominal fee to take the exam ($15?) to cover the cost of testing materials. This fee includes taking elements 2,3, and/or 4.

You will also have an opportunity to join the AARC and to join the ARRL at a discounted price.

This event is listed on the club calendar, if you want to add it to yours then go there.

For those who wish to do a rapid study for the exam, here is a site that lets you take the practice tests for free and for a small fee will also provide programmed learning (they guarantee you can pass the exam): Ham Test Online. They say the average study time for Technician exam is 10 hours. $25 for the Technician exam, slightly more for higher license grades. There is also a variety of free study materials online including practice exams, youtube videos of license classes, study guides, etc.

Image of VE session
Picture of prior VE session (different location).

This exam serves people in the region, including the following cities and counties for which this is probably the closest available exam location all year.
Earlysville, VA
Charlottesville, VA
Scottsville, VA
Ruckersville, VA
Albemarle County, VA
Green County, VA
Nelson County, VA
Fluvanna County, VA
Louisa County, VA
University of Virginia
In addition, people may come from much further away rather than wait for an exam closer to where they live so they don’t forget the material they have studied.

We hold exam sessions once a quarter. If you miss this one, the next one will be held on 2014-06-28 during Field Day. You can also Search for other exam dates and locations around the country.

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