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10m Net -
(Today!) Thursday, 11 February 2016
- (28.390MHz SSB at 1900 MST)
Board -
Monday, 7 March 2016
General Membership -
Wednesday, 9 March 2016

See the Meetings page for times and locations.

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VE Testing

Next VE Sessions:

Saturday, 13 February 2016
Saturday, 9 April 2016
Saturday, 11 June 2016
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Saturday, 8 October 2016
Saturday, 10 December 2016

All the Details:

We sponsor VE testing sessions at least six times a year. The sessions are held on the second Saturday of even numbered months at 9:00 AM. There is also a session held at the Megafest and will be at 10:00 AM. With the Laurel ARC VEC, there is no cost to the candidates for the session. Contact the , for more details. Pre-registration is not required, but a quick note to let us know you’ll likely attend is appreciated.


For the December 12, 2015 and February 13, 2016 sessions, the location is:
Rawhide Realty
7075 Campus Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

This is basically at the NE corner of I-25 and Woodmen Road (exit #149). Turn north at the Carl’s Jr., and the building is directly across the street from the Ent Credit Union branch. Through the upper/rear entrance to the building, the conference rooms are straight down the hallway.

Other testing sessions may be held during the year in support of other events such as amateur radio classes and the annual PPRAA Swapfest. Please contact the , if you have questions about that session.

What You Need at the Test Session:

When you come to our test session, you’ll be greeted by at least three smiling amateurs ready to help you take that step into the world of amateur radio. But before you can take the test, you’ll need a few things:

  • A photo identification card. Any picture ID (such as school) is OK. Instead of a picture ID, we can accept two forms of non-picture ID such as a report card, utility bill, or even some sort of business correspondence with the person’s name and address on it.
  • Your FRN (FCC Registration Number) is preferred*. Your Social Security Number (SSN) is allowable if you are going for a first license; if you are already licensed, then you have an FRN already.
  • Your original AND a copy of any current amateur radio license you already have. If you’re testing for a brand new license, obviously don’t worry about this requirement.
  • Your original AND a copy of any current Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) not already reflected on a valid license, within 365 days of issue date.
  • A simple calculator There is some math on these tests, and it is recommended that you bring a calculator to avoid any math errors. Bring a non-programmable calculator, or be prepared to erase the memory.

* For the benefit of everyone involved, and so that you don’t need to provide your SSN, we strongly recommend that you obtain your FRN prior to coming to the test session. This can be done at here. We hope to provide the ability to obtain an FRN at the session, but obviously this could slow our process.

What’s Your Call?

Have you already tested? Are you just waiting for the good news? Well, you can be checking every day to see if your call has been issued. With Saturday test sessions, we have had the results posted as early as the following Tuesday night, but it is more typically Wednesday or Thursday. Remember with the current FCC rules, you’re allowed to operate on the air as soon as the FCC has issued you a callsign and it’s posted in the database. You can look up new callsigns at FCC Universal Licensing System and select Amateur. Enter your surname, state or ZIP in the Licensee section to search for your new callsign. The FCC also has a toll-free license status phone number: (800) 322-1117. You can call this number between 6 AM and 2:30 PM weekdays MT.

Do You Need To Renew/Modify Your License?

For renewals/modifications, you will likely want to do those online through the FCC License Manager, using your FRN (FCC Registration Number) and password.

Can’t Make it to Our Test Session?

The Colorado Ham Radio web page has more information about test sessions in other parts of the state. You can also find out about testing nationwide by visiting the ARRL web site. For your friends that don’t have web access, have them call the 24-hour Mile High VE Team Testing Hotline at (303) 360-7293.