Ham Exams

GARS Ham Radio Exams – Second Sunday of Every Month

Our Volunteer Examiner (VE) Team conducts Amateur Radio testing for all classes of Amateur Radio licenses administered by the W5YI-VEC group.  We are located in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
  • Preregistration is highly recommended, but onsite registration will also be available.
NOTE:  We have transitioned from in-person paper exams to in-person electronic exams using HamStudy and ExamTools. The below instructions have been updated.  Please review the below instructions so you don’t waste any time performing any unnecessary tasks.  Thanks!

When:

  • Second Sunday of every month starting promptly at 2:00pm. Doors open at 1:45pm.
  • View the list of our upcoming exam sessions and preregister at https://ham.study/sessions/GARS/all.

Where:

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Chapter 690, Hangar #1
Gwinnett County Airport – Briscoe Field
690 Airport Rd
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
http://www.gars.org/gars/location/
(Please view this link — The entrance is not obvious upon arrival)

Cost:

  • 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).

Registration:

  • Preregistration is highly recommended.
  • Go to https://ham.study/sessions/GARS/all to register for one of our upcoming exam sessions.
  • After successfully registering online, you should receive an email with your registration information, including your exam PIN.  Please bring your PIN to the exam session.

What to Bring to our Exam Session:

  • $14.00 – CASH ONLY – CHECKS, CREDIT CARDS, ETC. ARE NOT ACCEPTED
  • Your exam PIN (if you preregistered) – SEE ABOVE
  • An FRN (if you don’t preregister) – 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
  • Original CSCE for any outstanding license upgrade(s), plus 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:
*** 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 ***

The ARRL has an excellent write-up on What to Bring to an Exam Session Here

What We Provide:

  • 8-inch Tablet (for taking the exam) – you are not allowed to use your own device
  • Scratch Paper
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Simple Calculators – please use ours and don’t bring your own

Required Preparation:

Get an FRN

An FRN (FCC Registration Number) from the FCC is now REQUIRED. If you already have an Amateur Radio license, your FRN will appear on your license. If you are unlicensed, you can obtain an FRN when you preregister for one of our exam sessions, or directly from the FCC’s website. To register and receive your FRN directly from the FCC, click on the following link and click on the REGISTER button – https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/.

Recommended Preparation:

Preregister for our Exam Session

We highly recommend that you preregister for our exam sessions. This is easier for most people to do from the comfort of your own home, and it saves time at the exam session. Click on the below link, find the exam session you want and click on it, then click on the Register button and fill out the form. You will get an email confirmation with your exam PIN. Please check your SPAM folder if you do not receive your confirmation email. Bring your exam PIN with you to our exam session.

Online Training

Don’t forget to look for a phone app for training. There are several FREE phone apps available for Android and iOS.
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.

Questions:


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:

If you live in North Carolina or South Carolina and haven’t found an exam session closer to home, please check out https://wcars-club.org/schedulevewcars.htm and https://www.w4vec.org/ too.

Additional New Ham Info:

The following site contains a lot of good information about getting started in Ham Radio.

Amateur Radio License Lookup:

The following FCC site allows you to look up Amateur Radio licenses by Call Sign, FRN or Name.

FCC CORES:

Use the FCC CORES site to register and manage your 10 digit FCC Registration Number (FRN). This information (Name, Address, E-mail, etc.) pertains to your FRN, not your Amateur Radio license. It is important to keep your information up to date in both systems, the FCC CORES site and the FCC ULS site. Also use the FCC CORES site to pay any FCC Fees (new license, renewal, etc.).

FCC ULS:

Use the FCC ULS site to manage any information pertaining to your Amateur Radio license (Name, Address, E-mail, etc.). It is important to keep your information up to date in both systems, the FCC CORES site and the FCC ULS site. Also use the FCC ULS site to renewal your license. (You will have to pay an FCC Fee at the FCC CORES site when renewing your license.)