Amateur radio testing
Things you need to bring to the exam
The UCF club uses the ARRL VEC, which requires that you:
- Bring either a legal photo ID (driver license, passport, concealed carry permit, etc.) or
- any two (2) of the following:
- Non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them);
- Social Security Card;
- Birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal);
- Minor's work permit, school report card, school ID card or library card;
- Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person; or
- Postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form 605.
- any two (2) of the following:
- Bring the $15 required for the testing/processing fee.
- Bring a pen or pencil.
- You may bring a calculator; if it is programmable, the memories must be wiped.
- For upgrades: Bring the original and a copy of your current License and any CSCEs you may have.
Note: We strongly recommend that you try the practice exams (below) so you have a good idea of your chances of passing before you come to the session!
The paperwork required for the license needs your FCC FRN number if you have one, or your Social Security Number if you do not.
Visitor Parking Information
We usually hold exams in ENG 1 room 427.
We may meet in ENG 1-456A (the "shack") before the exam.
If you are already licensed or would like to listen, our repeater is on 443.375 Mhz; 103.5 ToneSql.
Additional exam information
- ARRL Tech Prep Resource Library
- ARRL: Getting your technician license
- The ARRL handbook for the radio amateur (multiple copies available in the UCF library TK6550 .R18) (see also below)
- ARRL: Shared Resources and Study Guides
Study guides and online practice quizzes
Use these study guides, information sources, and practice tests to learn and pass the Amateur Radio licensing tests.
- HamStudy practice exams and flash cards. Formats well on mobile, too.
- AA9PQ Amateur Radio Practice Pages
- QRZ practice exams
- eHam practice exams
- radioexam.org exam menu
Local study references
Note that the following may be partially (but not completely) out of date:
- T2006 Technician question pool study guide (still need to write this)
- G2007 General question pool study guide
- E2002 Extra question pool study guide
External study guides
- ARRL band plan
- FCC part 97 rules (almost all the answers are here!)
- Other external tutorials
- new user tips
- technician study syllabus
|Part 15||unlicensed low power and acceptable noise levels, intentional and unintentional radiators|
|Part 80||Marine / Maritime|
|Part 87||Aviation services / Aircraft band radios|
|Part 90||Land Mobile Radio Service / Business Band|
|Part 95||Personal Radio services, FRS, GRMS, CB, LPRS, Medical MICS and WMTS, R/C, IVDS|
|Part 97||Amateur Radio|
These locations in and near Orange and Seminole counties give Amateur Radio tests for licensing and license upgrades.
- search for exam sessions at ARRL
- LMARS testing sessions (this page lists all local sessions as well)
- OARC first Wednesday
- The ARC at UCF plans to schedule one or two exam sessions per semester, depending on demand.
You can search the ARRL database for an exam near you.
Here's a few of the local clubs...
- the Amateur Radio Club at UCF (us of course)
- Orlando Amateur Radio Club (sponsor of Hamcation)
- Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Society
- Orange County ARES (facebook)
- Seminole ARES/RACES Group
- 147.120 which has a large overlap with Linux Enthusiasts and Professionals of Central Florida
- Disney Emergency Radio Service
If you'd rather not study from online material, the following books might be useful, and should be at most libraries.
- ARRL Catalog: Licensing, Education, and Training
- This is a list of books ARRL recommends. You can purchase most of these from any book seller, or directly from ARRL. Many can be found in libraries as well, but make sure they are newer editions that refer to the latest exam if they are specific.
- The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications 2017 ISBN 1625950624; 2016 ISBN 1625950411 ()
- (Any edition is OK.) This is a fairly comprehensive book of math, basic practical electronics, and amateur radio. The science behind many of the test questions can be found here. A great book for every ham to own.
- ARRL Ham Radio License Manual ISBN 1625950136
- All You Need to Become an Amateur Radio Operator (ARRL Ham Radio License Manual) (Paperback)
- Now You're Talking ISBN 0872598810
- This is an out of print obsolete study guide for the previous retired Technician question pool. It's still a good book, and there is a lot of overlap with the current question pool, but should not be used as your sole study guide as you will miss newer questions and questions with changed answers.
- The ARRL Operating Manual ISBN 0872599132 (ARRL)
- Technician Class by Gordon West; ISBN 0945053452
- Ham Radio for Dummies ISBN 0764559877
- This book is a good non-technical introduction to amateur radio, but it is only an overview, and not comprehensive enough to help you pass the exam without also studying other references.