W2AMC Peconic Amateur Radio Club

Volunteer Examination Sessions To Obtain Your Amateur Radio License

The Peconic Amateur Radio Club conducts in-person exams for the Technician, General, and  Amateur Extra Class licenses. Please get in touch with either the Club’s VEC Jim Baker, W2NSF, by phone/text ((631) 513-2156) or email (opajim@optonline.net) or Richard Trowbridge, N2YIB, by phone/text ((917) 885-8667) or email the club president to schedule your taking an FCC- and ARRL-approved in-person examination.”

Before taking an amateur radio license exam, you must have an FCC Registration Number (FRN). If you already hold an FCC license, you should have an FRN. If you do not have one, you must get one before taking a license exam. To obtain an FRN, visit this website to begin the process. Get your FRN as soon as you know you will take an exam.

You will also need a working email address.

You will also need to pay a $15 examination fee. Bring either cash or a check/money order made payable to the Peconic Amateur Radio Club with you to pay this exam fee.

You can take the next level exam for free if you pass your exam. For example,  if you show up for and pass the Technician Exam, then you may take the General Exam for free (and even the Amateur Extra Class if you pass the General).

If you fail the exam you showed up for, you may re-take it as many times as you like on the same night, but you must pay an additional $15 filing fee for each retake exam. 

The FCC charges a $35  application fee for a new Amateur Radio license, a modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), a renewal, and a change to vanity call signs. Candidates seeking to get a new license or upgrade their license at an exam session will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team.  They’ll pay the new $35 application fee directly to the FCC using the CORES FRN Registration System (CORES – Login). After they receive the application forms, the FCC will contact applicants directly to arrange for payment of the new $35 fee.

An “ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program” waives the $35 application fee for applicants under 18. These youth applicants also pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 at the time of the exam.

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