PAARC holds Amateur Radio License Exam sessions with ARRL VE’s prior to most club meetings. Sign-up in advance for testing: VETesting@paarc.net. Tests take place at St. James Lutheran Church, Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd., in Limerick, PA.
First Fridays at 5:00 pm. Testing is offered every month except July and August.
2017: last session of the year – Dec. 1
2018: Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 5, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7
– Two forms of ID, or 1 photo ID
– Test fee of $15.00
– If upgrading, your current license and a copy (we cannot make copies at the session), and any current valid CSCE’s (original and one copy)
– Two or more pencils
– Calculator, if desired
All test sessions administered by examiners accredited by the National Association for Amateur Radio (aka ARRL)
License Classes (from ARRL)
The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators. To earn the Technician license requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices. The license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America. It also allows for some limited privileges on the HF (also called “short wave”) bands used for international communications.
All club nets and repeaters are accessible with the Technician Class License.
The General class license grants some operating privileges on all Amateur Radio bands and all operating modes. This license opens the door to world-wide communications. Earning the General class license requires passing a 35 question examination. General class licensees must also have passed the Technician written examination.
Amateur Extra License
The Amateur Extra class license conveys all available U.S. Amateur Radio operating privileges on all bands and all modes. Earning the license is more difficult; it requires passing a thorough 50 question examination. Extra class licensees must also have passed all previous license class written examinations.