Ham Exams

GARS Ham Radio Exam Sessions – Second Sunday Every Month

All license level exams will be available for testing.
When:  2:00 PM  (doors open at 1:45 PM so we can start promptly at 2:00 PM)
Where:  EAA 690 Hangar – Gwinnett County Airport – Briscoe Field
Map:  Click here for a map and more information
Email:  exams@gars.org
VEC:  W5YI
Walk-Ins Accepted:  YES
FRN Required – See below
What to Bring – See below
Fee:  $14.00 (CASH ONLY)
Form:  NCVEC 605 Form
 
FRN Now REQUIRED at Exam Sessions
The FCC has indicated VECs/VE teams should no longer be accepting social security numbers at exam sessions.  Examinees who don’t already have a Ham Radio license should register in the FCC CORES registration system and receive an FRN (FCC Registration Number) before exam day. Licensed Ham Radio operators should already have an FRN printed on their license.
FCC CORES User Account and Registration: https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do
 
What to Bring to our Exam Session:

  • A Government Issued Photo ID – Driver’s license, Passport, etc.
  • An FRN (FCC Registration Number) – See note above
  • Minors without a Photo ID must bring their SS Card and Birth Certificate
  • Face Mask – Preferred (but not mandatory)
  • Temperature Checks – If you don’t feel well, please be respectful of our volunteers and stay home.
    *** As per the W5YI-VE manual – section 1.3:
    *** Volunteer examiners are under no obligation to test anyone should they desire not to for any reason.
  • Two (2) copies of your original license
  • Your original CSCE and two (2) copies for any outstanding elements passed
  • A pen and a pencil with eraser
  • A simple calculator (memory must be cleared) – CELL PHONES ARE NOT ALLOWED
  • Current Exam Fee is $14.00 – CASH ONLY – CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

*** Cell phones, Smart watches, Bluetooth headsets, earbuds, etc. ***
*** MUST BE TURNED OFF AND PUT AWAY ***

What to Bring to an Exam Session (ARRL.org)

 

Recommended Preparation:

 

Additional Exam Sessions

The following information is provided by GARS as a service to the metro Atlanta ham radio community and is not responsible for errors or changes. Please call to confirm these schedules below before going.

Find additional Amateur Radio License Exam Sessions near you (ARRL.org)

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*** URGENT UPDATE ***
Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), most exam sessions are temporarily suspended.
Be sure to verify an exam session below BEFORE attending.
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First Sunday – ODD Months
Start Time:  2:00 PM (January, March, May, July, September, and November)
Tri County Amateur Radio Club
Braselton Public Utility Building
4986 Highway 53
Braselton, GA 30517
Contact: Roger Gibson, WB4T
Email: w4rlg@bellsouth.net
Phone: 770-271-4210 or 770-712-9560
VEC: WCARS
Walk-Ins Accepted: YES

 

First Sunday – EVEN Months
Start Time: 2:00 PM (February, April, June, August, October, December)
470 Crescent Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
Contact: Perry Roper, KO4RD
Email:
Phone: 770-536-3056
VEC: WCARS
Walk-Ins Accepted: YES

 

First Sunday – EVEN Months
Start Time: 2:00 PM (February, April, June, August, October, December)
Barrow Amateur Radio Club
66 McElroy Street
Winder, GA 30680
Contact: Mike Wolcott, W4WYI
Email: w4wyi@arrl.net
Phone: 404-281-6581
VEC: WCARS and W5YI
Walk-Ins Accepted: YES

 

Second Saturday
Start Time: 10:00 AM; Walk-ins are welcome, but must arrive prior to 10AM.
North Fulton Amateur Radio League
Alpharetta Recreation & Parks Department
Alpharetta Adult Activity Center
13450 Cogburn Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Contact: Ian Kahn
Email: km4ik@arrl.net
Phone: 404-626-1566
VEC: ARRL
Walk-Ins Accepted: YES

COVID-19 update: NFARL is using a new location and time:

  1. The exam session will be Saturday,  August 8, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Please note the time change.
  2. We will hold the session again at Slope’s BBQ, 34 Crossville Road, Roswell, GA, 30075.
  3. Again, registration required. We have a maximum of eight (8) candidate seats available.
  4. NO walk-ins accepted, under any circumstances.
  5. Registration will open on Friday, July 24, 2020, at 5:00 PM ET. No registrations will be accepted before that time. Any registration received before that time will be deleted without return correspondence.
  6. Registration will close on Wednesday, August 5, at 11:59 PM ET. No registrations will be accepted after that time.
  7. Registration is by email, only, to nv4c.ian@gmail.com. No phone registrations accepted.
  8. Pre-registration for an FCC Registration Number (FRN) required.
  9. Candidates must pre-fill an NCVEC Short Form 605 and bring it with them.
  10. Masks required. No mask, no admittance, no exceptions.
  11. Candidates must be ON TIME for the exam session. We must ensure we can complete the session by 10:30 AM. This includes finishing paperwork and cleaning up. Candidates more than 15 minutes late will NOT be admitted.

 

Second Saturday – ODD Months
Start Time: 8:30 AM
Alford Memorial Radio Club
Stone Mountain, GAGMC Community Center (next to the library)
5325 Leon St.
Stone Mountain, GA
Contact: FRANK HAYNES KV4SP
Email: fhaynes@vatmom.net
Phone: 678-467-3712
VEC: ARRL
Walk-Ins Accepted: YES

 

Third Saturday
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Marietta First United Methodist Church
Room 305
56 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA
Contact: Larry Huff, WA4CQZ
Email:
Phone: 770-955-3171
VEC: CA
Walk-Ins Accepted: YES

 

Fourth Tuesday
Start Time: 7:00 PM
United Way Service Center
6279 Fairburn Road
Douglasville, GA
Contact: Jessie Clower, KB4WFK
Email:
Phone: 770-942-6466
VEC: ARRL
Walk-Ins Accepted: YES

 

Fourth Sunday
Start Time: 2:30PM
Georgia Tech Amateur Radio Club
Location: GATECH-VANLEER
ELEC ENGRG BLDG-RMW218
777 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332
Contact:
Email:
Phone:
VEC: ARRL
W4AQL and W4DOC
Talk-In: 145.15 MHz(-), PL: 167.9 Hz
Walk-Ins Accepted: YES