Amateur radio testing

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We periodically offer exams, see the RSVP form for the schedule of future exams and study sessions.
Other exam sessions are also available.


[edit] Things you need to bring to the exam

The UCF club uses the ARRL VEC, which requires:

  • Bring two forms of identification, one of which is a legal photo ID
  • 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!

[edit] visitor parking information

We usually hold exams in ENG 1 room 427. We may meet in ENG 1 456A (the "shack") before the exam.

[edit] Additional exam information

[edit] Study guides and online practice quizzes

Use these study guides, information sources, and practice tests to learn and pass the Amateur Radio licensing tests.

[edit] Practice exams

[edit] 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Note that the following may be partially (but not completely) out of date: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

[edit] Question pools

[edit] External study guides

[edit] Other related FCC parts

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

[edit] Local tests

These locations in and near Orange and Seminole counties give Amateur Radio tests for licensing and license upgrades.

You can search the ARRL database for an exam near you.

[edit] Local clubs

Here's a few of the local clubs...

[edit] Books

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 ([1])
(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.
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