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Beginning January, 2024 our exam sessions will be moving from the second Wednesday of the month to the third Wednesday of the month and the location will be in the meeting room of Tugboat Annie's.   The sessions will run from 4:30PM to 6:00PM (1630 to 1800), and will be 'Walk-In' rather than 'By Appointment'.   All candidates are invited to the OARS club meeting which will begin at 7PM (1900).   If you arrive before the exam session, you can order food if you desire and even eat it during the session provided it does not have answers in it and you do not spill it on the exam paperwork.

Note: If you downloaded the study guide for 2022 Element 2 prior to January 26, 2023; please download a new copy because errors were discovered in the file and corrected.

We are holding exam sessions at 5PM on the Third Wednesday of each month at Tugboat Annie's .   The next session will be
Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

- These sessions are 'Walk-in', no registration needed. -

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What to expect after completing exam session

Welcome Pamphlet - Created by Dr Eric Messelt of OARS

To see if your application is in the system
If this is your first amateur radio licence, click 'By File Number' and select 'By FRN', then enter your FRN in the field and click 'Search'.   Once your FRN has an entry for Amateur Radio (either "HA" or "HV", you have ten days to pay the application fee.   If the payment has not been paid within ten days of the application being entered into the database, the application is cancelled and the VEC must resubmit the application.

You need not wait for the email from the FCC to pay the application fee.
Just go to [https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do] once you find your application as shown above.

FCC Application Fee
Starting April 19, 2022, the FCC will be charging a fee of $35.00 for each application.   This fee is paid directly to the FCC and is completely separate from the examination fee charged by the VEC.   The fee is required for initial applications, renewals, and vanity callsign applications and is paid directly to the FCC via the CORES webpage [https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/paymentFrnLogin.do]

Further details.

Note: Paying by phone or tablet may have issues, so paying over computer is encouraged.

ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program
The ARRL has a Licensing Grant Program for candidates under the age of eighteen.   This grant will reimburse the FCC Application Fee for one application per candidate.   The ARRL also has a discounted exam fee for candidates under the age of 18.   Details for both can be found at

FCC Requires Email Address on Applications

Social Security Numbers are no longer accepted on Applications!
Obtain an FRN prior to taking your examination, by going to the FCC's webpage [https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do] and clicking on the Register link.
The FCC has an instructional video at [https://www.fcc.gov/rofrn]

Be aware - some information such as address and Felony Conviction status will be made publicly available by the FCC.

Use of an alternate mailing address such as a PO Box or work address is acceptable.

To see if there are local classes check our Class Listing

The current fee for taking the exam is $15.00, payable by cash or check made out to ARRL/VEC.
If paying with cash, please have the exact amount because we may not be able to make change.

We recommend taking practice exams before taking the exam.   If you can take the practice exam and consistently score at least 90%, you should be ready to pass the actual exam.   Some practice exams may be found at [http://www.eham.net/exams]

All exam elements will be available.

        Tugboat Annie's
        2100 West Bay Drive NorthWest
        Olympia,WA 98502

What to bring:
        Ballpoint Pen and Pencils
- We will clear memories of programmable calculators if they are to be used on the exam.
                Due to the ability of some cell phones to browse the internet, we cannot allow the use of cell phone calculators.
        FCC Registration Number (FRN) - Required by FCC.
        Legal Photo Identification - To protect your security, please do not leave copies with us.
        Examination fee ($15.00) - Cash or check made out to ARRL/VEC
        Originals and copies of any paperwork being claimed for credit - If applicable

Paperwork claimed for credit includes unexpired CSCEs, current license, proof of previous licensure, and expired licenses.   If we can not verify licensure, you will be given a CSCE for Element Credit ONLY.

The examinaton fee is valid for taking all elements until one is failed.   To retake after failing will require payment of another examination fee.

NOTE:   No one will be permitted in the exam session other than candidates and examiners, so if someone else accompanies the candidate, they may wait in their car.

Special Exam Sessions - If you have a group desiring an exam session but are unable to make it to our regularly scheduled session we may be able to accommodate you.   Contact us at the email link at the bottom of this page.

FRN - The FCC requires any entity doing business with it to have an FRN.   To obtain an FRN prior to taking an examination, please go to the FCC's webpage [https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do] and clicking on the Register link.

Paperwork Upgrade - If you hold a Technician Licence issued prior to 1987, you passed the General written exam and are elegible for a paperwork upgrade to General.   You will need to provide proof the Technician licence was issued prior to 1987.   If you have any questions, please contact us (below).

Lifetime License Credit - If you held an license greater than Technician in the past and it expired more than two years ago, you can regain that license by passing the Technician exam and providing proof of the highest license held.   This means if you held a General or an Amateur Extra license that expired, passing the Element 2 exam and providing proof of the higher class license will result in a new General or Amateur Extra class license being granted.   If the expired license was Advanced, a General class license will be issued.   If your license expired less than two years ago, simply renew it.   If you have any questions, please contact us (below).

Question Pools, Exam study guides, VE manual, and Miscellaneous forms can be found here

Questions about exam or problems with this web page, please email us.

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