License Exams

W8EDU is currently administering licensing exams through the Laurel VEC, which charges no exam fees. For our current exam schedule, look here: https://www.laurelvec.com/?team=CARC

Given the university’s closing of campus, all remaining spring 2020 exam sessions are regrettably canceled. We encourage you to get in touch if you’re interested in amateur radio–there are plenty of ways to be involved remotely, and many don’t require a license.

If your ham club is one of those rare groups who’s apparently done remote exams, please get in touch also! We’d love to work with you.

At this time, all we can say is that exam sessions will resume when the university reopens for public events.

Spring 2020 Exam Dates:

last week of January – to be scheduled
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Thursday, Mar. 5th – SAGES class: space is limited, please contact us in advance for this session
Tuesday, Mar. 24th at 6:30
Monday, Apr. 20th

Exams will take place in room 716* in the Glennan building at Case Western Reserve University. Unless stated otherwise, exam start times will all be approximately 5:00pm.

* Subject to change based on availability

0) Sign up for the Exam: If you’ve already got a Technician class license or higher, you can easily register at the exam session. If you haven’t got a callsign yet, you’ll need an FCC Registration Number to sign up. You will want to register for an FCC Registration Number (FRN) before coming to the exam. Bring your FRN and the address you used to register for it with you. Note that ham radio has no citizenship requirement.

1) Study for the Exam: The Technician class exam is 35 multiple-choice questions, of which you need to get 27 correct to pass. All possible questions are publicly available in the question pool: http://www.arrl.org/tech-question-pool . We recommend the No-Nonsense Study Guide 2018-2022 to cover the exam material. If you prefer something more in-depth, the club has license manuals for all 3 classes that you can borrow. There are also manuals in the KSL collection, and available through OhioLink. We recommend the summary-style manuals, rather than the Q&A ones. Take practice tests at www.aa9pw.com to ensure you’re prepared to take the exam; another site (that has the current Technician question pool) is Hamexam.org. A couple more are hamstudy.org & wavetalkers.com. This is a good indicator of readiness: If you’re not generally passing practice exams, you’re probably not ready; if you’re passing them reliably, then you probably are.

2) Come to the Exam Session: Here’s a list of what you should bring: http://www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session.. We do not have an exam fee. There is no time limit for the exam sessions. Expect the exam, with grading, to take a couple of hours. Once you pass the exam, you can…

3) Use your License: Once you’ve picked up your license, come to club operating hours (Thursdays from 7-9pm) in the radio shack. If you’re wondering what to do with your license, or are interested in picking one up, operating hours are a good place to start.

Interested in Joining Our VE Team?

If you’re a General or Extra class operator, you can become a Laurel or ARRL Volunteer Examiner, join our VE team, and receive our gratitude and dibs on occasional pizza. To become a Laurel VE, show up early to one of our exam sessions with license and ID and we’ll get you signed up – you can start giving exams right away. To get started on becoming an ARRL VE, click here: http://www.arrl.org/become-an-arrl-ve