VE Testing

Amateur Radio Testing

Welcome to the world of amateur radio! Our VE (Volunteer Examiner) team is accredited with the ARRL to provide in-person testing for candidates seeking their Technician, General or Extra class license. Of the $15.00 we collect for administering the exam 100% of the money goes to the ARRL to cover their expenses. We are truly ‘Volunteer Examiners’. We can arrange for your test at one of our pre-determined locations or a location of your choice in McCreary County KY, Fentress County, Morgan County or Scott County TN.

We are also working with the ARRL and ExamTools to offer remote testing for candidates living in the counties noted above that are unable to attend in-person.

Meet our ARRL accredited examiners:

  • Julian Bankston W5EDQ Extra Class
  • Dale Brown KO4DHA Extra Class
  • Virgil Gibson W4OME Extra Class
  • Joy Gibson WA4JOY General Class
  • Bill Green* KF4TY Extra Class
  • Paul Lay KT4PN Extra Class

* ARRL VE and Emcomm Field Examiner

As of May 2021 the testing is by request only as we are transitioning to computer based testing and plan to have scheduled dates posted later this summer.

What to Bring to an Big South Fork Amateur Radio Club/ARRL Exam Session:

1.  One legal photo ID (identification):
           a. State Driver’s License
           b. Government issued Passport
           c. Military or Law Enforcement Officer Photo ID card
           d. Student School Photo ID card
           e. State Photo ID card

 2.  If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
           a. Non-photo State ID card (some states still have them)
           b. Birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
           c. Social security card
           d. Employer’s wage statement or Minor’s work permit
           e. School ID card
           f. School or Public Library card
           g. Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that
               specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed
               to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on
               the Form 605.

 3.  Students/minors without a photo ID need to bring only one of the above items if a legal guardian presents their photo ID; otherwise two non-photo IDs are required.   Minor children (under the age of 18) should be accompanied in the room by an adult during the test.

4.  FCC Registration Number (FRN):  The Big South Fork Amateur Radio Club and the ARRL are required by the FCC to submit your FRN with your license application form.  New license applicants must create an FCC user account and register their Social Security Number (SSN) in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES) before attending exam sessions. Registrants will be assigned an FRN which will be used in all license transactions with the FCC. For instructions on how to register your  SSN and receive an FRN from the FCC, visit the FCC’s Registration  page and the FCC’s Registration instructions page. Per FCC rules, a valid email address is also mandatory on the application form.

5.  If applicable, bring a printed copy of your Amateur Radio license.  Acceptable copies or printouts of licenses are available from the following sources: the official license or reference license printed from the FCC website or license data printed from the ARRL website or QRZ website. The original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from           previous exam sessions. If your license has already been issued by the FCC, the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The candidate is require to show proof of the current license to the team but the team is no longer required to submit the proof to the VEC. Expired license proof must be submitted to the team and to the VEC for processing to FCC. These photocopies will not be returned.  Instructions on how to obtain an official FCC license copy are on the ARRL’s Obtain License Copy web page.

6.  Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen for in-person sessions. 

7.  A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session.  Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they’re free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phones’ calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.

8.  Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session fee(s). The check should be made out to Big South Fork Amateur Radio Club.

9.  Be aware that some information about you will be made publicly available           on the FCC’s website: FCC Licensee Privacy