RARS License Classes and License Exams
RARS is not currently offering licensing classes, but we are still offering license exams. See below.
We hope to resume classes soon. Please keep an eye on this webpage and the RARS newsletter The Exciter for details.
Until then, online classes may be found in many places. One such place is KB6NU's online Technician classes. Here is a link to the you tube recordings of his earlier classes.
RARS is not affiliated with KB6NU and does not officially endorse any offerings from KB6NU. However we believe them to be high quality and a good resource for people seeking an online ham radio class.
Exams Conducted by the RARS VE TeamAmateur radio licenses in the United States are issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but the examinations are administered by teams of licensed amateur radio operators who have been accredited as Volunteer Examiners (VEs) by a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC). The RARS Volunteer Examiners are accredited through the Laurel VEC.
The RARS VE Team conducts exams on the fourth Tuesday of even–numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, and December) prior to the RARS Gathering at the Ridge Road Baptist Church, 2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. You do not need to be a RARS member to test with us.
The RARS VE Team also conducts exams at the annual RARSfest and Cary Swapfest events. For hamfest exam sessions, see the appropriate hamfest webpage, flier, or other publicity information for information about the test session.
FeesLicense exams administered by Laurel VEC examiners, including RARS, are free. However, once you pass a test that results in a new license being granted, you are required to pay a $35 fee to the U.S. Department of the Treasury before the license will be granted. Information on how to pay this fee will be given to successful applicants at the test session and will also be sent by email from the FCC to directly to the applicant. (Note that changes to an existing license, including upgrades and changes of address, do not result in a new license being granted, so no fee is charged.)
FRNYou must have a FCC Registration Number (FRN) before you can take any license examination. If you are already licensed, you already have a FRN; it's on your copy of your license. If you do not have a FRN, you must apply for one on-line, directly from the FCC. This page explains how to obtain a FRN. While you may apply for a FRN at the test session, it is highly advisable to obtain it in advance of the session, as the FCC website is often down for maintenance during non-business hours and on weekends, which is when we administer most of our exams.
Other Required InformationIn addition to the FRN and your name, address, and call sign (if any), you must provide your email address and daytime phone number. All correspondence with the FCC, including issuing licenses and disseminating information on collection of fees, is done via email. Also, problems with processing your application can be expedited by contacting you by phone using the number you provide.
Other Exam Sessions Given in the AreaThere are several other VE teams operating in the area, so exam opportunities are available throughout the year. To locate exam sessions that are convenient for your location and schedule, go to the ARRL's license exam search page. There you will find sessions being conducted by both RARS and other VE teams.