Amateur Radio License Exams
The Franklin County Amateur Radio Club Volunteer Examiner team
conducts Amateur Radio License examination sessions on the fourth
Monday of February, May, August and November.
For 2016 the dates are February 22, May 23, August 22, and November 28, 2016.
All exams are at 7:00 p.m. downstairs at the Unitarian Church on Main Street
in Northfield (Routes 10 & 63, corner of Warwick Road, flashing light in center of town).
Click here for a map.
The fee is $15 cash or check. Bring 2 forms of ID (one
photographic), Social Security number, any current CSCEs and
photocopies, any amateur radio license and a copy, pens and pencils.
A calculator is OK if it is cleared.
Note that the $15 fee entitles you to take successive exam elements as long as you get a passing score. So if you have studied for an entry level Technician license and obtain a passing score on that exam, you can then go on to take the General Class license exam at the same session for no additional charge. We have had several candidates who have gone from no license to Extra Class in one evening. It's often worth trying for a higher level even if you haven't studied for it; sometimes you know more than you think you know. Note, however, that if you fail a particular test but want to try that test over again you have to pay the fee again.
Pre-registration is not required, but, if we don't know by the Friday before the session that at least one person intends to take an exam we reserve the right to cancel the session.
The contact person is Al Woodhull, N1AW, phone 413-773-3522 (home) 413-348-1932 (cell),
If you are reading this far from Franklin County, MA, or if our quarterly schedule won't work for you, you can find exam dates
and locations anywhere in the US on the
ARRL Exam Session Search
Amateur Radio License Classes: The FCARC has presented Technician Class License courses several times in recent years. Some materials used in those classes are available here
(click here to see course website).
Future FCARC classes will be announced on this website. Other local groups may also schedule classes or review sessions, and they will also be announced here.
The ARRL also provides a web page where you can search for
Amateur Radio Licensing Classes. There may also be
FCARC VE sessions: Volunteer Examiners will give Amateur Radio license
tests to anyone who is upgrading their license class or going for
their first license. We will give all exam elements, Technician,
General, and Extra Class. Make sure you have 2 forms of ID. If you are
currently licensed bring in your original license and a
photostat. Also, if you hold any Certificates of Successful Completion
of Examination (CSCEs) bring each one plus a photostat of each.
We have been doing volunteer examinations since May 1995. Our team has
licensed many of the people you hear out there today. Our team will
cater to special need situations, such as, special sessions if enough
people are ready for testing, any handicapped situation and any other
situation to make sure people who want to get their license get a shot
at it. The team has traveled to homes, colleges, and even the ARRL to
Anyone in the area who is VE certified and who would like to be part of our VE team should contact Al N1AW
You do not have to be an FCARC member. Anyone not yet certified as a VE who is interested should look at this web page: http://www.arrl.org/become-an-arrl-ve.
To read more about the Volunteer Examiner Program in general