PCARA
POLK COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION
PCARA
Amateur Radio - Become a Licensed Ham!
VE Testing Schedule - 2017
  • None Scheduled
 
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What to bring:

1. A legal photo ID (driver’s license, passport)

2. If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
a. non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them)
b. birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
c. social security card
d. library card
e. utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that
specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed
to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on
the Form 605.

3. Students/minors may bring any of the above items and/or a school ID, minor's work permit, report card, or a legal guardian may present a photo ID.

4. Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN); VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application form. If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then
you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you have a FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the application.

5. If applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license or a reference copy printed out from the FCC website, the license information printed from ARRL website or QRZ website, or the original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions. If your license has already been issued by FCC, the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The photocopy(s)
will not be returned.

6. Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen.

7. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they're free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phones' calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.

8. Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session fee(s).

Welcome to Ham Radio!

The Amateur Radio Service frequency bands are the place on the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their own equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.

Amateur Radio is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the Communications Act of 1934. It is also subject to numerous international agreements. All Amateur Radio operators must be licensed. In the U.S. there are three license classes. Each successive level of license comes with an expansion of privileges. Your entry into Amateur Radio begins with a Technician Class License.

Earning each license requires passing an examination. Although regulated by the FCC, license exams are given by volunteer groups of Amateur Radio operators. Operating under organizations called Volunteer Examiner Coordinators, volunteers administer and grade tests and report results to the FCC, which then issues the license. U.S. licenses are good for 10 years before renewal, and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government.

The PCARA is a great club and invites anyone interested in becoming a ham to join in the fun. Most of our members live in or near Polk County, WI and offer you their experience to learn more about this excellent hobby.

We offer help for newcomers and enjoy mentoring prospective hams. All you have to do is show an interest and we will provide the rest! Come to one of our meetings, they are open to the public. For location and meeting times, click on the Meetings link.

License study guides are available from:
ARRL National Book Store
Radio City, Mounds View, MN
For more information about ham radio, and how to become a ham, visit the Amateur Radio Relay League site. http://www.hello-radio.org/

N9XH - Polk County Amateur Radio Association - 1732 Forest Circle - Balsam Lake - WI - 54810 - Info@N9XH.org