February 23, 2007

FCC eliminated the Morse code requirement for amateur operator licenses.

July 21, 2014

FCC revised the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to grant partial written examination element credit to holders of expired General, Advanced and Extra licenses.

October 2020

FCC says that new license applicants must create an FCC user account and register their social security number in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES) before attending exam sessions. Registrants will be assigned a Federal Registration Number (FRN) which will be used in all license transactions with the FCC.

FCC also advised that some candidate information about them will be made publicly available on the FCC's website, including name, mailing address, and felony conviction status. An alternative address, such as a PO Box or work address, is acceptable.


FCC began requiring an email address on all applications.

Washington Area Amateur Radio Club
Testing Contact: Mark Lukins, ABØDX
802 N 2nd Ave
Washington, IA 52353-2404
Phone: (319) 855-4007
E-mail: ABØDX

Area Testing Dates (click the date to register)

only Extra Class VE's can administer tests for all classes,
Advanced Class VE's can administer tests for Technician and General licenses,
General Class VE's can administer only tests for Technician licenses,
and Technician Class VE's can only help with general administration of the session.

Washington Area Amateur Radio Club
Washington, Iowa
July 8

Click date
to register
Check in begins, 10:00 AM
Exams begin, 10:30 AM
Washington Public Library
115 W Washington (South side of square)
Washington IA
E-mail: AB0DX@arrl.net

The Washington Area Amateur Radio Club conducts exams under the ARRL VEC. All exam elements are administered. Walk-in candidates welcomed. Exam requirements

2023 Southeast Iowa Hamfest
Southeast Iowa
October 1

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to register
VE's assemble, 9:00 AM
Exams begin, 9:30 AM
Louisa County Fairgrounds
101 Fairground Rd
Columbus Junction, Iowa 52738
Phone (319) 212-1898
E-mail Bruce Dagel, WBØGAG

The Southeast Iowa Hamfest conducts exams under the ARRL VEC. All exam elements are administered. Walk-in candidates welcomed, pre-registration is requested. Exam requirements

Muscatine County ARES
Muscatine, Iowa
Musser Public Library
June 11

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to register
Sign in begins, 1:30 PM
Exams begin, 2:00 PM
Musser Public Library
Meeting room 104
408 E. 2nd St.
Muscatine IA
Phone (319) 212-1898
E-mail Bruce Dagel, WBØGAG

Muscatine County ARES conducts exams under the ARRL VEC. All exam elements are administered. Walk-in candidates welcomed, pre-registration is requested. Exam requirements

Requirements for all ARRL VEC exam sessions:

  • For the remainder of the pandemic, unless fully vaccinated, a mask or face shield is required.
  • Applicant must be registered with FCC CORES and use their FRN.
    FCC CORES User Account and Registration
    Blind applicants should contact ARRL VEC for assistance:
    Phone (860) 594-0300 or Email: vec@arrl.org
  • NCVEC Form 605 must be completed by the candidate and will be provided at the site.
    It may also be downloaded from the ARRL VEC.
  • FCC requires an email address on all applications.
  • Examinees must present photo ID or two other forms of ID.
  • If licensed, bring original and photocopy of current FCC license and / or CSCEs. The FCC Universal Licensing System has provisions for printing a copy of your license from your computer. The ARRL VEC has affirmed that this copy is sufficient for VE use.
  • Grandfather credit is available for some current or previously licensed individuals. Complete details can be found at: ARRL VEC's Grandfather Credit page.
  • ARRL VEC exam fee is $15.00.
Extracted from announcements by ARRL:

Effective April 19, 2022, a $35 fee will apply to applications for a new Amateur Radio license, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call signs.

ARRL will cover the one-time $35 application fee for new license candidates younger than 18-years old for tests administered under the ARRL VEC program. The $35 FCC application fee will be reimbursed after the ARRL VEC receives the completed reimbursement form and the new license has been issued by the FCC.

The reimbursement check will be mailed to the fee payer.

Also, candidates younger than 18-years old will pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC VE team at the time of the exam. The $5 fee is for all candidates under the age of 18 regardless of the exam level taken. Proof of under 18 status is required at the session. Visit the ARRL website for the program instructions and reimbursement form at the ARRL youth licensing grant program.

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not collect the $35 fee at license exam sessions.

The Muscatine Amateur Radio Club is preparing to host an Extra Class Amateur Radio license exam study group.
The projected start date is after Christmas.
Contact Chris Benner, KB9ATT, to register or get more information.

Practice exams for both US and Canadian ham licences:

Copasetic Flow by KDØFNR

Online theory and licensing classes:

ARRL Technician License Series

Electronics classes (and more) Online at the Wisconsin Online Resource Center

ARRL Online Course Catalog

W4EEY video Amateur Radio licensing classes and more.
Make sure to verify that the correct question pool is covered for your license class!

Online Question Pools Answered

I would like to help the Washington Area Amateur Radio Club. I am a fellow ham and I want to help future hams to get their licenses and current hams to upgrade their existing licenses by creating free content online. Which is why I started the YouTube channel HamRadioTesting
At this time, I have three main course offerings on YouTube, one for each ham exam.
  • The Tech Exam Playlist (07-01-2018 to 06-30-2022 Question Pool) Click Here
  • The General Exam Playlist (07-01-2019 to 06-30-2023 Question Pool) Click Here
  • The Amateur Extra Exam Playlist (07-01-2020 to 06-30-2024 Question Pool) Click Here
So, we come to our Jerry Maguire moment where I ask you to “Help me, help you”. In order for me to help you, I am asking you to check out my content, share it and please feel free to reach out to me with suggestions for improvement or future content.

Together we will make Amateur Radio the most popular and exciting hobby/sport in the world.

Ham Radio Testing