License Classes and Testing



 
Free Amateur Radio License Classes and Testing

Amateur Radio Licensing Classes

Some of SANDARC's Member Clubs offer Amateur Radio licensing classes during the year.  Check club web sites to see where and when the next class will be held.  Also, check SANDARC's "Events" page on this web site for any class information.

In addition, licensing classes are offered in the San Diego area by J. Goldberg, AF6GM.
Go to his web site, San Diego Amateur Radio Classes , to obtain information on upcoming classes.

 

Taking Your License Test

SANDARC's Volunteer Examiner service (VE) offers free testing for all FCC Amateur Radio licenses almost every Saturday of the year.

SANDARC does not charge you for your license test, be it first time, re-test or license upgrade exam.
Our Volunteer Examiners are local hams who dedicate their time and expertise to ensure that the testing process fully complies with FCC regulations and procedures. 

SANDARC's testing sites are located in the North County (Escondido), South County (Bonita), East County (El Cajon) and Central San Diego (North Park).  Please consult the schedule listings below for dates and locations.

The testing process begins at 9:00AM, with the last test starting at 10:15AM.
It is preferred that applicants phone or email ahead for reservations at least seven days prior to the test date. Walk-ins may be accepted at most test sites, if the workload is light and space is available.

The Bonita location does not have testing on the 4th Saturday in November or December, due to Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
The testing locations at LDS facilities (Bonita and Escondido) request that you do not bring tobacco products, tea or coffee onto the property.

 

SANDARC-AUTHORIZED AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE TESTING DATES AND LOCATIONS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH

El Cajon Lutheran Church
(Rear building)
867 South Lincoln
El Cajon, CA
Exams begin at 9 :00 AM
VE Team Leader: Jerry Madsen KI6PLH
(619) 766-9177
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THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
North Park Recreation Center. 
4044 Idaho Street  
San Diego, CA
Exams begin at 9:00 AM
VE Team Leader: John Wright K6CPO
(619) 517-6865   Prefers email contact.
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FOURTH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH

NOTE:  ONE-TIME LOCATION CHANGE FOR JUNE 25TH, 2016.

TESTING WILL BE HELD AT THE SOUTH BAY AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY (SOBARS) FIELD DAY SITE,

NORTHWEST CORNER OF J STREET AND MARINA PARKWAY IN CHULA VISTA.

TESTING BEGINS AT 9:00 AM, WITH LAST TEST AT 10:15 AM.

CONTACT TEAM LEADER JOHN WRIGHT AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FOR REGISTRATION AND FURTHER INFORMATION.

 

LDS Church
3737 Valley Vista Way
Bonita, CA 91902
Exams begin at 9:00 AM
VE Team Leader: John Wright K6CPO
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(619) 517-6865   Email contact preferred.

This location requests that you do not bring tobacco products, coffee or tea onto the property.

Testing sessions are not held at this location in November or December, due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

 


LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
LDS Stake Center
2255 Felicita road
Escondido, CA
Exams begin at 9:00 AM
VE Team Leader: Harry Hodges W6YOO
(760) 741-2560
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This location requests that you do not bring tobacco products, coffee or tea onto the property.

 

Special Exam Requests:   If you are unable to attend one of the Saturday exam sessions due to a disability or other issue or if your club or organization wants to take an exam as a group, contact Greg Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if arrangements can be made for a special exam session.
 

Things that you need to have with you to be able to take a test.
To take a test at any of the SANDARC testing sites, you will need to bring the following with you.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  If you do not have the proper documents and materials, as listed here, you will not be allowed to take a test.

  •     An NCVEC Form 605, properly completed in black ink.  You can obtain this form here.  Do not use the FCC Form 605 which is available elsewhere.

      The Form 605 MUST have your FCC Registration Number (FRN) in the  appropriate box on the form.
      To obtain a FRN, go to the FCC FRN site  

  •      Two Number 2 or Number 3 sharpened pencils with erasers and one pen with black ink.  Pencils are for the test, the pen is for forms to be signed.  
  •      A legal photo ID (driver’s license, passport).
  •      If no photo ID is available, bring two original forms of identification, no photocopies:

              a.  Non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them)

              b.  Birth certificate (must be a certified copy with the government seal)

              c.  Local library card

              d.  Local utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence  that specifically names you; or a postmarked envelope addressed to you at your current mailing address as it appears on your Form 605.

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

     If you are testing for a license class upgrade, bring either the original and a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license, or the original and photocopy 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. Any photocopies will not be returned.

    You may bring a calculator, but it must have its memory cleared and verified on site by a Volunteer Examiner.  Cell phones/smart phones may not be used as calculators.

 

If you have further questions, contact one of the SANDARC VE Team Leaders listed above.

Best of luck to you in earning your new or upgraded Amateur Radio license!


 *Below is new info, as of July 22 2014, from ARRL regarding new FCC rule relating to credit for partial written examination element credit to holders of expired General, Advanced and Extra licenses.

Information regarding FCC Rule changes

The FCC has revised the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to grant partial written examination element credit to holders of expired General, Advanced and Extra licenses.  The new rules become effective 30 days after their publication in The Federal Register, which was Monday July 21, 2014.

Expired license holders will not automatically receive credit on that day and may not operate as a new licensee.

The FCC requires former licensees — those falling outside the 2-year grace period — to pass Element 2 (Technician) in order to be relicensed.

To take advantage of the new rule, holders of expired licenses must attend an exam session.  There they would present a photo ID and their expired license proof and take the Technician exam.  

If an applicant held a General or Advanced license, and has proof, the FCC will afford credit for the General (Element 3) written exam only. If an applicant held an Extra license, and has proof, the FCC will afford credit for the General (Element 3) and Extra (Element 4) written exams. At VE exam sessions it is the applicant (not the VEs or coordinating VEC) who is responsible for supplying the evidence of holding valid expired license credit.  Acceptable forms of proof can be found on the Exam Element Credit web page at http://www.arrl.org/exam-element-credit.

If sufficient proof is not presented, the candidate has the option of taking the Tech exam and earning just a new Tech license and then attending another exam session at a later date when they have the proper documentation.

As always, the candidate will have to show a photo ID, present the proof and fill out all forms to receive the paper upgrade. The upgrade is not automatic and may NOT be sent directly to the FCC or to the VEC by the candidate.

Expired licensees will not automatically get their old call sign back. FCC will issue a new sequentially issued call sign. If they desire to obtain their old call sign they may try to do so through the FCC vanity call sign program. However, someone else may have already obtained their old call sign as a vanity call sign and therefore it would not be available.