GARS Ham Radio Exams – Second Sunday of Every Month
- Walk-ins are welcome, no pre-registration required.
Second Sunday of every month starting promptly at 2:00pm. Doors open at 1:45pm so we can start promptly at 2:00pm.
View the list of our upcoming exam sessions on https://ham.study/sessions/GARS/all.
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Chapter 690, Hangar #1
Gwinnett County Airport – Briscoe Field
690 Airport Rd
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(Please view this link — The entrance is not obvious upon arrival)
- Exam Fee: $14.00 – CASH
- FCC Application Fee: $35.00 – Billed and payable directly to the FCC. This fee is in addition to the Exam Fee. This fee is only billed if you pass your license exam and get a new call sign, and it will be billed directly from the FCC to you (the applicant). This fee applies to anyone getting their first call sign (newly licensed), requesting a new sequential call sign as part of a license upgrade, or anyone requesting a new vanity call sign (regardless of whether a new vanity call sign is issued).
What to Bring to our Exam Session
- $14.00 – CASH ONLY – CHECKS, CREDIT CARDS, ETC. ARE NOT ACCEPTED
- An FRN (FCC Registration Number) – SEE BELOW
- Filled out application form: NCVEC 605 Form – SEE BELOW
- A Government Issued Photo ID – Driver’s license, Passport, etc.
- Minors without a Photo ID must bring their Social Security Card and Birth Certificate
- One copy of your FCC Official license (or FCC Reference copy) for us to keep – if any
- Original CSCE for any outstanding license upgrade(s) and one copy for us to keep – if any
- Face Mask – Optional
- 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.
*** Cell phones, Smart watches, Bluetooth headsets, earbuds, etc. ***
*** MUST BE TURNED OFF AND PUT AWAY DURING THE EXAM SESSION ***
What We Provide
- Scratch Paper
- Pens and Pencils with erasers
- Simple Calculators – please use ours and don’t bring your own
Get an FRN
Print and Bring a Copy of Your Ham Radio License (if you are already licensed)
Download and Print an Official copy of your license (preferred):
Download and Print a Reference copy of your license (quicker):
NCVEC 605 Application Form
Save time by printing out a filled out 605 form before you go. Download the NCVEC 605 Form by clicking on the link, fill it out, and print. It will not only save you time once you get to your exam session, but it can avoid data entry mistakes of your information made due to poor penmanship. We will have 605 forms available if you are unable to print one out.
And, don’t forget to search YouTube either!
Find a Class
Unfortunately, not all classes are listed on the ARRL’s website. We also recommend asking at your local Amateur Radio Club(s), and by doing a Google search.
Get a Study Guide
If you are taking a class, it is recommended that you get the Study Guide recommended by the instructor. If you are studying on your own, or if the instructor does not have a preference, here are a few study guides to choose from. Don’t forget to try a Google search. New Technician Study Guides are being added all the time, and some of them are free.
Take Practice Exams
We recommend that you use multiple websites when taking practice exams. Not all websites seem to pick questions as randomly as what appears on the actual exams. All exams should use questions from the official Question Pools as determined by the NCVEC (National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators). Google search “ham practice exam” for additional websites.
Additional Exam Locations and Schedules
Many other groups offer Ham Radio Exams too. If our schedule does not fit your schedule, or to find a more convenient location, please click on the following link:
- ARRL’s – Find a Ham Radio License Exam Sessions near you
- HamStudy’s – Find a Ham Radio License Exam Session near you
(HamStudy also lists remote online exam sessions that you can take from home)
If you live in North Carolina or South Carolina and haven’t found an exam session closer to home, please check out www.w4vec.org too.
Additional New Ham Info
The following sites contain a lot of good information about getting started in Ham Radio.