The W4CQ Volunteer Examiner (VE) team regularly provides examination opportunities for anyone wanting to obtain their Amateur Radio license, or to upgrade their license to a different level.
If you would like to attend a W4CQ test session, click HERE to send the VE Team an email requesting a seat at an upcoming test session. Please provide your name, phone number, and email address. Also, please indicate which license classes you would like to test for. In the Comments area, you can ask about dates or ask any other questions about upcoming test sessions.
Currently, the FCC issues three license classes – Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. Each class has different privileges, mostly pertaining to which frequencies you are allowed to transmit on. You are, of course, allowed to listen on any frequency.
To take the exam, you’ll need an FCC registration number (FRN) which you can get from the FCC.
Effective on June 29, 2021, amateur radio licensees and candidates must provide the FCC with an email address on all applications. You must provide your email address on any Form 605 below.
We use three different VECs (Volunteer Examiner Coordinators) for flexibility in exam scheduling.
Depending on which VEC is conducting the exam, you’ll also need a variant of the Form 605 filled out with black ink. You may click on the appropriate form below. Be sure that you verify which VEC is being used for the test session that you plan to attend. The forms are not interchangeable among the VECs and may not be sent to the FCC directly.
- For the ARRL VEC, you’ll need NCVEC Form 605
- For the WCARS VEC, you’ll need WCARS VEC Quick Form 605
The Laurel VEC uses a computerized system for exam paperwork, including the Form 605. There is no need to have a Form 605 filled out in advance for Laurel VEC exams, but you are still required to have your FRN in advance of the exam session.
There are many resources on the internet to help you study for the exam, including sites such as hamstudy.org, where you can also take practice exams to determine when you are ready for an official examination with W4CQ.
You can find the next available test session in the Calendar of Events section of this website. Our exams are by appointment only, with a limit on the number of participants. Please contact our President Jeff Blythe, KA4WYC to RSVP for an upcoming exam session. You may also reach him by phone at 704-577-3619.