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RARS License Classes and License Exams
For dates, location, or other information about the classes contact the RARS Education Director.
For dates, location, or other information about exam sessions contact the RARS VE Chairperson.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no in person classes are scheduled in the year 2020.

We hope to resume in person classes when it is safe and practical to do so, perhaps as early as March 2021. Our classes will be offered as part of the Wake County Public School System’s Life Long Learning Program. 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:

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.

RARS conducts Amateur Radio License classes several times each year. The RARS Education Director plans classes aimed at the Technician, General, and Extra class license. Several RARS members volunteer to teach class segments in areas of their own special interest.  Typically there is one class per week for several weeks with an exam session at the end of the last class. Upcoming classes are announced on the front page of the RARS Website.

RARS Amateur Radio License classes are now being recorded.
As new sessions become available they will be posted here for viewing.

March 3, 2018   -   Technician Class Day 1
Electrical Units, Frequency & Waveleanghts, Modulations, Basic Radio Equipment, Electricity, Components, & Circuits

March 10, 2018   -   Technician Class Day 2
Reactance, Components, & Schematics, Propagation, Antennas, Feedlines

March 17, 2018   -   Technician Class Day 3

March 24, 2018   -   Technician Class Day 4

  • You must obtain your FCC Registration Number (FRN) BEFORE
    applying for your license.

  • You must provide your Email Address on your license application.
The RARS Volunteer Examiners are accredited through the W5YI VEC.  They conduct exams quarterly before RARS Membership Meetings in February, May, August, and November.
  • Exams are conducted in Room 209 (near Fellowship Hall).
  • Exams begin at 5:30 PM.
  • Walk-Ins are accepted until 6:00 PM.
  • Exams MUST be completed by 7:00 PM.
    When you finish your exam you can go down the hall to the RARS Membership Meeting.
You MUST bring the following in order to take exams:
  • Your FCC Registration Number (FRN)
  • Your email address
  • A picture ID
  • Your original license
  • A copy of your license (to be sent with exam results)
  • Any CSCEs to be used for credit toward upgrades

The team also conducts exams at other times in and around the Raleigh area including:
  • At the conclusion of RARS Amateur Radio License Classes.
  • At several area hamfests including RARSfest
  • At other locations when requested.
Here are some other exam locations in the surrounding area:
Dick Bitner Benevolent Fund
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