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, Send Fred Roberts WB4QOC 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.

The W4VEC uses a computerized system for exam paperwork, including the Form 605.  There is no need to have a Form 605 filled out in advance, 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, 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.

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W4CQ Trader Net

W4CQ Trader Net

From 7:30pm until 8:30pm

At W4CQ Repeater 444.450mhz +5 / 82.5 tone

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Carolina Storm Spotter Net

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Rock Hill Hamfest (YCARS)

From 8:00am until 2:00pm

At Covenant Presbyterian Church

1830 Celanese RD Rock Hill, SC

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