Idaho Amateur Radio VEC Testing all classes pocatello idaho ARRL VE team Extra class, General Class, Technician Class ham exams amateur radio exams testing


We give tests for all 3 Amateur Classes: Technician, General, Extra.
special test sessions are available for large groups , contact Mike WB7DNU for details  email: mevaughn01(at)  -- Phone  (208) 904-4925


DATE:    Next Fall,  
Location: Room 317  T&T Building ,       THIS IS  the building we have our club meetings in,,      Here's a picture link:  how to get there LINK
if you have questions contact Mike,  Phone  (208) 904-4925...             FYI,  room 317 is on the ground floor

Now in Effect: The FCC has a $35 fee to get your FIRST license, NOT UPGRADES.. 
You need to pay $15 to take the test.  The $35 fee will NOT, and can not be paid at the test.
The $35 fee  NEEDS to be paid within 10 days of the test to the FCC.  
The FCC will email the the person passing his/her test. An email with instructions on how to pay??  
If you don't pay , lets just say too bad, so be ready.   
We are not sure if they take credit cards, bank transfers, thing like bitcoin or paypal ???  
Now there are some Youth programs being promoted by the ARRL, so if you are 18 years old or less,  
you may only pay $5 at the test session and the ARRL will pay your (one time) fee of $35. 
for more info about this, go to the bottom of the page ........  

Testing starts at 1pm . Don't be late..                                                  
There will be VE's on hand starting at 12:45 to answer questions.
Please try to be on time as the testing room is only available for
a limited amount of time and we need to start promptly at 1PM sharp.
all testing will be completed by 3:30 PM the VE team can finish grading the tests and complete
the paperwork.  We must be out of the room by 4:00 PM.  


                    IT is imperative you have an FRN,, see number 3 (just below)


No pre-registration is required (see addendum # 1 below)
walk-ins are welcome
All we ask is:  be on time !

All necessary  FCC forms will be provided at the test session
We have EVERYTHING you need except what's listed below


  If you are testing for your first license, you NEED TO BRING  items  12 & 3. (below)
  If you are upgrading you license ,  bring  items  1 & 2 & 4 (below)

  If you have item 5 and haven't received your license.  CALL US.

 1.       A Government Photo Identification, A Drivers license, Passport, Military ID,
        note: no copies are required, just bring the original ID  

       IF you DON'T have a photo ID , then bring two other forms of  identification . 
         Acceptable forms of identification are:  your Social Security Card,
         Your birth certificate (which must have the appropriate seal),
         a utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically
         names you and your address

 2.          The Test fee is $15, The exact amount is best.
       {EVERYONE  needs to bring this}

 3.   FIRST TIME TESTERS.    (this needs to be done in advance,  very important)
   You need to get an  FCC Registration Number (FRN).  You probably don't have
    a FRN unless you have a aircraft radio registration or commercial FCC license.
    You should know if you have one. 

    Presuming you don't have one,
       use this link to get one
The FCC has added a few steps, first you have to sign up for the
                FCC User Registration System.  They will send you a EMAIL to confirm.
                  (FYI : The user name is your email address,  your telephone country code for the USA is  01) 
             Use the link they provide in the confirmation email.  
          Pick  "Register New FRN" ... and proceed.

YOU WILL NEED IT__  bring it with you to the test. 

(if you don't have one, you CAN NOT test)


 4.    licensed Amateur that are upgrading 

You need to bring,  1. your ID  and  2. your money     

#3..  a copy of your license the FCC mailed you
OR if you didn't get a written license, bring a official copy of your license.
You need to  download it and print it 
At the test session,  you need  a copy you can give to the VE Team. (they keep it)

Step by Step:  How to get an  "official copy"
follow these instructions ,
1. if you don't know your FRN start at (a)
2. if you know your FRN  skip down  to line (d)   
(b)    put in your call sign, click on Continue
(c)    write down your FRN.   cut and paste doesn't  work good

(d)    now go to
(e)    login                          if you don't have a login...  create one
(f)    now you should see you call sign,  (now here's the tricky part) , 
(g)    FIND  "download your official electronic authorizations here.
(h)    it's in a green box across the top part area the page.
(I)    OK, click the word   here

         WATCH out, my browser wouldn't download this,   I had to click
   allow   to add a popup window . Look out if you have popups blocked

2. Your license will be downloaded to your computer as a PDF file.
      (how this PDF  is presented on your browser is  anyone's  guess, 
       every browser  seems to be different,    BUT the PDF is  there somewhere,)

     PRINT IT,
in fact  print it twice, you need a copy to give the VEC.


 5,  ITS Highly unlikely, BUT
If you have an unexpired CSCE that you  haven't received a license for.
{You may NEED to bring it)  (If you think you fall into this category, CALL US)
The original CSCE  


still confused, contact
Mike Vaughn WB7DNU 

addendum #1  No pre-registration 
Mike Vaughn (the VEC)  must be notified at least 1 week before the test date for Special Needs Candidates
so that VEs can be arranged to accommodate the candidate,
Extra instructions:
Only the people being tested and the VE team members will be allowed in the test room.  

The test will run from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  By 3:30 PM all test materials will be gathered 
and the paperwork will be completed. If any candidate is not finished with their test 
by 3:30 PM, the testing material will be gathered and graded whether the candidate is finished or not.
There will be no exceptions to these rules.  
All of the VEs are giving their time and I will not ask them to stay longer than 4:00 PM.

Mike Vaughn WB7DNU





FYI: If you fail any test element, to retake that element costs another $15.
 FYI: Calculators are allowed except those that  remember formula's in the memories.
     NOTE!   iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices  may NOT be used.


ARLB011 New FCC Application Fee Will Not Apply to Amateur Radio License Upgrades

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 11  ARLB011
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 5, 2022
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB011 New FCC Application Fee Will Not Apply to Amateur Radio
License Upgrades

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has clarified in
response to an ARRL request that the new $35 application fee will
not apply to most license modifications, including those to upgrade
amateur radio licensee's operator class and changes to club station
trustees. The FCC staff explained that the new fees will apply only
to applications for a new license, renewal, rule waiver, or a new
vanity call sign. As previously announced, the new fees take effect
on April 19, 2022.

"We are pleased that the FCC will not charge licensees the FCC
application fee for license upgrade applications," said ARRL
Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM.
"While applicants for a new license will need to pay the $35 FCC
application fee, there will be no FCC charge for future upgrades and
administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email
address. Most current licensees, therefore, will not be charged the
new FCC application fee until they renew their license or apply for
a vanity call sign."

ARRL previously reported that the new $35 application fee for
amateur radio licenses will become effective on April 19, 2022.
Further information and instructions about the FCC Application Fee
are available from the ARRL VEC page at, .

IF your less than 18 years old,  read this
ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program

The ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program, in effect since April 19, 2022, will cover the one-time
$35 application fee for new amateur radio license candidates younger than 18 years old for tests
administered under the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) program.

"We are thrilled that we are able to provide this opportunity to our youth candidates,"
said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM.

The $35 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) application fee will be reimbursed after the
ARRL VEC receives the completed reimbursement form and after the new license has been issued.
The reimbursement check will be mailed to the fee payer. Also, candidates younger than 18 years old
would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC team at the time of the exam. The $5 fee
is for all candidates under the age of 18, regardless of the exam level taken. Proof of under 18 status is
required at the session.

The ARRL Board approved the Youth Licensing Grant Program at its July 2021 meeting in Hartford, Connecticut,
expanding on the scope of the original motion proposed by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB.

The Board believes the recruitment and training of young amateur radio operators is a necessary and proper mission
of the ARRL and subsidization of the $35 fee will reduce the number of new amateurs that would otherwise be lost
from these groups. Initially the new program would serve up to 1,000 new license applicants under 18 years old. The
program length is indefinite; it may be renewed or terminated by the Administration and Finance Committee or by the Board of Directors.

Visit the ARRL website for the program instructions and reimbursement form at