Training & Testing
Western Illinois Amateur Radio Club
Amateur Radio License Exams
The Western Illinois ARC has been sponsoring a VE Testing Team since the FCC first turned the examination responsibilities over to the Amateur Community in the 1980’s. Our team operates under authorization by the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator.
The WIARC Team offers examination sessions a minimum of four times a year, in February, May, August and November. Examination dates are published at the beginning of each calendar year. Additional test sessions may be scheduled as required, often in coordination with the clubs’ annual introductory licensing classes or when other club activities make it desirable.
Candidates must bring the following items: two forms of identification, one of which must be a government issued photo ID (driver’s License); the 2021 test fee of $15.00 (exact cash or check); two soft lead pencils; a ball point pen; the original and a photocopy of any currently held FCC amateur radio service license; the original and a photocopy of any current CSCE. In addition, a candidate may bring and use a non-programmable calculator (optional, permitted if candidate desires to use it). Note: Effective 2021, candidates must be pre-registered in the FCC CORES system and possess an FRN number which must be entered on the application that will be filled out at the test session. Also, candidates must enter a valid email address on the application form as the FCC is now moving to a paperless system and requires all those individuals doing business with them to be capable of receiving email from FCC.
At this time it is planned that the 2021 test sessions will be held at the Bethel Assembly of God Church at 12th and Jefferson, Quincy. However, a change in location for any session is always possible due to unforeseen circumstances. Please recheck this page often for the latest information.
Test session dates for 2021 are:
February 6th at 1:00 PM with a registration* deadline of February 5th
May 8th at 1:00 PM with a registration* deadline of May 7th
August 7th at 1:00 PM with a registration* deadline of August 6th
November 6th at 1:00 PM with a registration* deadline of November 5th
For additional information, or to register for a scheduled test session, call Dave Scranton, W9WE, our team liaison at 210-325-7923.
*Registration is required to guarantee a seat at the session. Walk-in candidates will always be accepted at each session on a space available basis, however, reservations are strongly advised.
Standard policy is that if there are no pre-registered candidates by 8 PM of the Thursday preceding the test date, the session will be cancelled without further notification. All examiners are volunteers and donate their time and talents to provide the testing service. It is a small courtesy to them for you to register your intention to attend a given session. To do otherwise would require the examiners to go to the testing site and wait to see if any one shows up. If no one walks in to take an exam, then their time has been wasted.
Register for an Exam Session
For additional information, or to register for a scheduled test session, call Dave Scranton, W9WE, our team liaison at 210-325-7923
Amateur Radio Licensing Classes
WIARC periodically runs licensing classes for initial license and upgrades. We do not have any classes scheduled at the moment. Please check back.