License Exam

April 27th, 2018

Katy Amateur Radio Society Amateur Radio Examination Sessions

Every 2 months, usually on the second Saturday of the month, Katy Amateur Radio Society (KARS) hold amateur radio licensing testing for a new license or an upgrade to your current license.  The tests will be administered by volunteer examiners accredited by the ARRL VEC.

When: Saturday mornings, consult the KARS website for the next testing date.  Testing starts at 9:00 am.  We recommend you arrive at 8:45 am so we can start the session promptly when all those who have registered have arrived.

Where: 23900 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX  77494 – Ram Room

Who to contact: Contact our VE Coordinator, Mark Bing, N5YUS; to register for the session or answer any questions you may have.  Walk-in are welcome, but please let Mark know to expect you if possible

Cost: $15.00 cash, exact amount please, check made out to AARL-VEC, no credit cards.

What you will need to bring:

  • $15.00 Cash or check
  • A copy of your Photo ID
  • A printout of your FCC Registration Number (FRN, see below)
  • A printed copy of your FCC Form 605. (see below)
  • A copy of your FCC license and any CSCEs that apply. (see below)
  • a black pen and two pencils.  A basic calculator with a clear memory may also be used.

FRN: Get your FCC Registration Number instantly Here.

Fill out this online form, then print out two copies: one for yourself, and one to turn in.  Do this first as you will need this number for for 605 below.

NCVEC Form 605: Get your NCVEC Form 605 Here.

Please do not enter your Social Security number on the form, enter your FRN.  We also recommend you enter your email address on the Form 605.  Complete the form and again print 2 copies one for you and one to turn in.

A revised FCC Form 605 — Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Servicesgoing into effect in September 2017 will ask all applicants to indicate if they have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony. The Communications Act obliges the Commission to ask “the felony question,” as it did on the old Form 610 and still does on other applications. This action will correct its omission on Form 605, which has existed for years. Applicants’ responses and explanations will be used to determine eligibility to be a Commission licensee.  The FCC said the only additional information that VECs will have to collect is the response to the felony question; any explanatory exhibits and confidentiality petitions will go directly to the FCC, and VECs will have no information as to the status of such applications.

If you are planning to upgrade your license, you must bring the original and a copy of your FCC license and any CSCEs that apply.  The copy must be sent in with your application and test materials to the ARRL for processing.

Source Document Date: Saturday November 28, 2015    Website Uploaded: September 10, 2016

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