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Amateur Radio FCC testing

The 1st Saturday of most Months


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Exam Candidates: You are REQUIRED to register in the FCC CORES system and receive a Federal Registration Number (FRN) before exam day. See note at QRZ For FRN registration information, see item #4: Exam Session Requirements Candidates could go directly to the FCC CORES User Account and Registration page: https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do

Click Here for FCC CORES Tutorial Videos.

After obtaining the FRN from the FCC, then fill-out & bring to the testing session the Form 605 on your computer & print out for the session: NCVEC605Form2017SeptFF.pdf


Obtaining this FRN is MANDATORY and you will not be able to test without it. It only takes a few minutes to obtain and you can do so with your smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.


May 2, June 6, July 4, Aug 1*, Sept 5*, Oct 3*, Nov 5*, Dec 5*, Jan 9*, Feb 6*,Mar 6*, Apr 3*, May 1, Jun 5 and July 3 VE Testing were scheduled and conducted. You can standby at any session to see if there are no-shows; if there are - 1st come, 1st served for their seats.
If you wish to attend a session, email: jamesski@gmail.com
to reserve a space for you or your car (if testing in cars)-- limited to 10 examinees!

NOTE * these sessions were conducted inside the classroom at Food 2 Store with CDC Mask and social distancing requirement for anyone not fully vaccinated on COVID-19. The VE's will determine the day of the exam if we'll be inside or outside in cars.


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Testing starts at 10:30am
Food 2 Store on 541 E 3rd St, in Meridian
on 3rd St southside of Railroad tracks.

Bring $15.00 (cash-exact change or check payable to ARRL), Your ARRL/FCC Form 605 with your FRN (or at least your FRN, 605's available onsite),
a copy of your current license if going for an upgrade,
sharp pencils and a pen, an approved calculator,
and a government issued photo ID - See ARRL's list of 'what to bring (and what not to bring)' and wear a mask if not fully vaccinated.

You need to register your SSN with the FCC before exam day and obtain an FRN. We'll not accept SSNs on the 605's any longer. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC's Registration page and the FCC's Registration instructions page.


Study and Exam resources can be found at https://www.bridgecomsystems.com/pages/amateur-radio-license-test-study-resources

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Why Ham radio? See How and Why to become a Hame Radio Operator in the Treasure Valley. Also check-out https://alertfind.com/amateur-radio-and-emergency-communications/

Contact Doug W7DVR by phone (208) 571-4608 or email at d@w7dvr.com or Jim

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Looking to study for an exam? Need flexibility and not available in-person for class> Try https://hamstudy.org/

Other testing options in this area include Boise County ARC (POC: ke7hhw@msn.com), Emmett ARC, Elmore County ARC, Snake River ARC and the Southwest Idaho ARC (See https://www.facebook.com/groups/SouthWestIdahoARC) or http://k7oji.us/licensing/.

Emmett ID "Free" testing session 4/24/21 107 E Main St Emmett, ID - for details contact Kim Gross on FB Idaho Ham Radio Operators group.

Testing Session, 5/30/21, 15013 Riverside Rd, Caldwell, ID - for details contact Kim Gross on FB Idaho Ham Radio Operators group.


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Online Exams

ONLINE EXAMS: If an in-person exam session cannot be located in a particular area or if taking an online exam is preferred, search for online examination teams here: www.arrl.org/FindOnlineExam

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