License Exams

To obtain an FCC Amateur Radio License, one must pass knowledge tests for the various license levels – Technician (test element 2), General (test element 3), and Extra (test element 4) classes. Tests are given by accredited Volunteer Examiner sessions or “VE Sessions”. Silvercreek Amateur Radio Association (SARA) conducts four scheduled VE Sessions with Examiners accredited through the ARRL VEC organization throughout the calendar year.

Exams for 2018 will be held on:

  • March 3rd
  • June 2nd
  • September 1st
  • December 1st

All sessions begin with a check-in period at 9:30 AM and the testing begins promptly by 10:00 AM. All test elements for Technician (element 2), General (element 3), and Extra (element 4) are offered at all of the SARA scheduled test sessions listed above. Morse Code is no longer required for any license class.

The exam sessions are held at the Rittman Public Library in Rittman, Ohio.

The library is located at 47 West Ohio Avenue, just west of the town square. The door to the VE exam room opens no earlier than 9:30AM. Use the lower-level door at the rear of the library.

Walk-ins are accepted, but space is limited, so advance notice is always appreciated. To attend a test session you may register yourself by contacting the SARA VE Team liaison by e-mail, telephone, or postal mail.

Barry Youmans KI8B
11 Circle Drive
Rittman, OH 44270
byoumans (at) neo.rr.com
330-925-1706

When attending test sessions be sure to bring all of the following:

  1. A government-issued photo ID for adults. See below for children under 18.
  2. The ARRL VEC test fee of $15, payable in cash (exact amount please) or check payable to “Silvercreek Amateur Radio Association”
  3. If you are licensed, a two copies of your current FCC License. One copy is required to be submitted to the VEC along with your test paperwork. You may print a copy of your license through the ULS portal at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/.
  4. If you have recently passed an exam element and your new license does not yet appear in the FCC ULS database, bring your CSCE certificate(s) along with a copy of all CSCE certificates. A copy of any CSCE certificate must be submitted to the VEC along with your test paperwork.
  5. At least two #2 pencils for the test sheet.

Note on IDs for Adults – The FCC and the ARRL VEC require a photo ID for all adult test candidates. A driver’s license or State issued ID card is sufficient for this.

Note on IDs for Children/Students – Students without a driver’s license or other form of photo ID may bring a recent school grade report or similar documentation that identifies the student. A birth certificate or an envelope addressed to the candidate at the address listed on their FCC 605 form also serves as sufficient identification.

Calculators – Calculators may be used for the written exams. However, if you bring a programmable calculator you must demonstrate to the VE team that the calculator memory is cleared and does not contain stored formulas or you will not permitted to use it.

Fees – The ARRL VEC test fee is currently $15 for all test candidates. This fee is charged regardless if you pass any elements or not. You may take as many of the three test elements at a session as you like and pay just one test fee.

Test Repeats – If you fail a test element, and wish to make a second attempt to pass that same element, you must pay the test fee again for the second attempt. Note that due to time constraints the VE team may not always offer a second test opportunity at a given test session.

FCC FRN – If you have a license currently, please make sure you know your FCC issued Federal Registration Number (referred to as FRN) as it is required on the NVEC 605 form you will fill out when taking your exam. You may find your FRN number on your FCC License or by looking up your call sign on one of the several call sign servers on the Internet, including the FCC’s amateur radio service call sign lookup page – http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchAmateur.jsp

Special Test Sessions

The VE teams are permitted and encouraged to provide special accommodations to candidates which may have one or more impairments that prevent them from participating in a regular test session. Sight impaired, hearing impaired, home-bound, and similar candidates can often be given a test with provisions customized to their unique requirements. If you have such a special need or have questions about what might be possible to enable you or someone you know with an interest in becoming a licensed amateur operator please contact the person listed above.

Driving directions

Google maps link to the Rittman Public Library

The Library’s address is:  49 West Ohio Avenue  Rittman, OH 44270

From the east: drive west on Interstate 76 west to the State Route #57 Rittman / Wadsworth exit. At the traffic light at the exit ramp turn left and proceed south on SR 57 to the Rittman exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right and proceed about 1-1/2 miles on East Ohio to the traffic light at the center of town. Proceed past the traffic light approximately 75 yards. The library is on the right.

From the west: drive east on Interstate 76 west to the State Route #57 Rittman / Wadsworth exit. At the end of the exit ramp turn left and proceed south on SR 57 to the Rittman exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right and proceed about 1-1/2 miles on East Ohio to the traffic light at the center of town. Proceed past the traffic light approximately 75 yards. The library is on the right.

From the north: drive south on State Route #57. Exit at the Rittman exit. At the end of the exit ramp turn right and proceed about 1-1/2 miles on East Ohio to the traffic light at the center of town. Proceed past the traffic light approximately 75 yards. The library is on the right.

From the south: drive north on State Route #57. Exit at the Rittman exit. At the end of the exit ramp turn right and proceed about 2 miles on East Ohio to the traffic light at the center of town. Proceed past the traffic light approximately 75 yards. The library is on the right.