License Exams

COVID Exam Policy: During the pandemic, we are teaming up with W1MX and K2MFF to offer online exam sessions through W5YI. Exams are available via Zoom at a cost of $15; W1MX exams are free for students and youngsters. See this link for remote session information: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/remote

To prepare, take a look at the study links under Step 1 below.

Note that the FCC is now charging $35.00 for licenses and renewals.  This fee will be collected by the FCC, not by the Case Amateur Radio Club.  The license will not be issued without payment of the fee.

More information on the FCC fee:  https://www.arrl.org/fcc-application-fee#:~:text=FCC%20%2435%20Amateur%20Application%20Fees,are%20effective%20April%2019%2C%202022.

For more information on the law that created this FCC fee, look up the Ray Baum act of 2018.

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Pre- and Post- COVID exam policy: 

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

Term-time exams will take place in room 408* in the Glennan building at Case Western Reserve University. For Spring 2022, exams took place on February 9th, March 16th, and April 6th.  We licensed or upgraded 35 amateurs during school year 2021-22.

Our next exam session will be during Field Day, probably Saturday afternoon 25 June 2022 at the CWRU farm.  Let us know if you need more information.

* 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. If you are an international student, use your dorm/local address. 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 26 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 (this will be current through Field Day exams; the question pool will change on 1 July 2022) to cover the exam material. If you prefer something more in-depth, we recommend the ARRL License Manual series, available from ARRL or on Amazon.com. 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. Study Mode on www.hamstudy.org is particularly useful, as it will help you get acquainted with all parts of the question pool and offer explanations for each question.

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, however staring in 2022 there may be a $35 fee through the FCC. 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 (Or with virtual options during COVID). 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, W5YI  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