VE Test Session – Get your License

The Hog County Amateur Radio Association is proud to be able to host VE Test Sessions here locally in Sumter County, FL.

Date:  The first (1st) Saturday of each month.

Time: 11:00 AM

Location:  Cross Connection Church – 1451 West County Road 476, Bushnell, Florida 33513.  This is approximately 4,180.22 feet,  0.789 miles or (1.27 km) west of U. S. Hwy. 301.  Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/CeBn5hGtMC52      

Notice: The FCC has set a date of Tuesday, April 19, 2022, as the date they will implement the additional $35.00 license fee, which will be paid directly to the FCC through their ULS system.  This is in addition to the $15.00 fee due at the testing time.  Keep in mind this may sound like a lot; however, your license is good for a ten (10) year period of time – so that equates to $3.50 per year to enjoy the hobby of amateur radio and maybe volunteer for the service side of the hobby. 

Cost: $15.00 – checks preferably and made out to ARRL / VEC.  If you do not have checks, then a money order made out to ARRL / VEC, same as a check or cash, is fine; please bring the correct amount though.

FCC Cost – at some point in the future, the FCC will also implement the new $35.00 licensing fee.  We are not exactly sure when that will occur, but as soon as we know, we will reflect that here.

For additional information or to RSVP for an exam, please email SumterVE@gmail.com, and someone will get back to you.

Bobby Smalley – KX4RS is our VE Team Liaison and Leader for our VE Team.

VE Team Members: Ted Crafton – KK4FYN,  Gail King – KJ4GEK,  Gene King – KI4LEH,  Bill Burgner – W4WWB, and Wendy Stevens – WW4LS.

If you are a licensed amateur operator, we will also encourage you to become a Volunteer Examiner (VE). It is not too hard; you go to the ARRL website, download the free PDF VE Manual, you study, and when you are ready, you print off and take the “Open Book” test, scan it and email it, fax it or snail mail it to ARRL for grading and of course you pass it. Then in a few weeks, ARRL will send you your VE Credentials, and you will be ready to help us out by helping to test new or upgrading amateurs.

Amateur Radio Testing: What you will need to bring.

New License Exams

Photo ID – If no photo ID, then two forms of ID are required.

                Non-photo driver’s license

                Social Security Card

                Birth Certificate

                Minor’s work permit, school report card, school ID, or library card

Utility bills, bank statements, or other business correspondence that specifically names the person. Postmarked envelope addressed to the person at their current mailing address as it appears on form 605.

Check, money order, or cash for $15.00 for each candidate

Check or Money order must to made out to ARRL/VEC

The FRN number that you obtained from the FCC before testing day.

You can get an FRN number from the FCC with the link below.  You have to have your FRN number before taking the exam.

https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do

Upgrade Exams

Photo ID – If no photo ID, then two forms of ID are required.

                Non-photo driver’s license

                Social Security Card

                Birth Certificate

                Minor’s work permit, school report card, school ID, or library card

Utility bills, bank statements, or other business correspondence that specifically names the person. Postmarked envelope addressed to the person at their current mailing address as it appears on form 605.

Check, money order, or cash for $15.00 for each candidate

Check or Money order must to made out to ARRL/VEC

Your FRN Number

 Since you are upgrading, then you already have an FRN number; please bring that number with you.

 You can find your FRN number with the following link;  https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do

A copy of your Amateur Radio license,  a copy will be sent to ARRL/VEC with your test and Form 605.

Any CSCEs

Please bring any Certificate of Successful Completion Examination that you may have.