Licensing

LarcVEC175W9YB PARC VE Team

W9YB PARC VE Team Session Manager & VEC Liaison:
Nicholas Hyer N9SJA


W9YB PARC VE Team is a Member of the Laurel VEC.

 

W9YB PARC VEs:
Albert Ferrante KD2GSW – Amateur Extra
Dan Mizell AC9GT – Amateur Extra
Mike Shen AC9ID – Amateur Extra
Bobby Sambolin KP4CI – Amateur Extra
Eugene Glover KA9NOH – Amateur Extra
Jeff Brown N9IZ – Amateur Extra

The W9YB Purdue Amateur Radio Club (PARC) VE Team conducts amateur radio license exams under the coordination of the Laurel VEC.  Our goal is to promote Amateur Radio for the community of Purdue University and the greater community of Tippecanoe County at large.  There is NO FEE as of 6/24/2017 to take an exam.

2017 Exam Schedule

Saturday, June 24, 2017 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Rawls Hall, Room 2079 (RAWL 2079)

Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Rawls Hall, Room 2079 (RAWL 2079)

 

Rawls Hall is located at 100 S Grant St, West Lafayette, IN.  You should park in the Wood Street Parking Garage.  Parking is free on the weekends.  The address for the Wood Street Garage is 120 S. Grant Street West Lafayette, IN 47907.  Please be sure to avoid parking spaces reserved for University vehicles.

Click here for a Google Maps map of the location to Rawls Hall and the Wood Street Parking Garage.

 

Registration for exam session:

Candidates for license examination are encouraged to register before the exam.  This is to ensure that we have ample materials, enough seating, and to inform folks of any scheduling changes.  Walk-Ins will be welcome before 11:00am, but not guaranteed an exam without registration.  Exams must be finished and processed by 12:00 (noon) because the building closes at 12:30.    Please register using  by using the link below:

Register for Saturday, September 9 Exam Session (9am-11am) RAWLS 2079

 

Laurel VEC Exam Information and Fees:

The Laurel VEC does not charge fees.  This is the main reason that we switched to Laurel VEC.  There is no fee to take an Amateur Radio License Exam with the W9YB Purdue University Amateur Radio Club VE Team.

The VE Team will allow several attempts to take the exam, however if there are multiple candidates or time is an issue it is up to the Session Manager if an applicant can take additional exams.

The W9YB Purdue University ARC VE Team has the right to refuse issuing exams for any reason.  It shall be at the discretion of the Session Manager that an exam is given to a candidate.

Exams must be passed in order to proceed to the next license class (i.e you cannot come in as a first time licensee and take the Extra Exam.  You must first take the Technician Clas Exam and pass elements 1 & 2.  Next the General element 3 and then the Extra Class Exam element 4.  

For new licensees (New Amateurs):

  • Please bring with you a photo ID (driver’s license, valid school ID card, etc.) and a second form of ID that we can use to verify the first form of ID.  You will also need your Social Security Number (SSN).  Your SSN will be used to process your first license since you will not yet have a an FCC FRN number.  Additionally you can register with the FCC before you take your exam and obtain an FCC FRN number.  You can do that here:  https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do.  Foreign nationals should register with the FCC and obtain an FRN in lieu of having a SSN for a first time exam.
  • You may bring a non-programmable calculator to testing.  Programmable calculators, cell phones with calculator apps and any other device that can store formulas or information will not be permitted.  You may be asked by one of our VE’s to provide your calculator for inspection.  Our VE team will provide calculators for you to use on your exam.
  • You may take the exam with a pencil or a pen that you bring in, but our VE team will provide you with a pencil or pen.
  • Our VE team will also supply you with scratch paper to make calculations.
  • Cell phones must be silenced or shut off during examinations.

For existing licensees (Amateurs that are upgrading):

  • Please bring in a copy of your original license.  We will need a copy of your license certificate to attach to your exam paperwork.
  • You will also need to show us a valid photo ID (driver’s license, valid school ID, etc.) and provide either your FRN number or SSN.
  • If you have a CSCE (Completion of Successful Completion for Examination) that shows that you have passed previous elements, please bring in your CSCE.
  • You may bring a non-programmable calculator to testing.  Programmable calculators, cell phones with calculator apps and any other device that can store formulas or information will not be permitted.  You may be asked by one of our VE’s to provide your calculator for inspection.  Our VE team will provide calculators for you to use on your exam.
  • You may take the exam with a pencil or a pen that you bring in, but our VE team will provide you with a pencil or pen.
  • Our VE team will also supply you with scratch paper to make calculations.
  • Cell phones must be silenced or shut off during examinations.

Study Resources:

There are many free resources available on the Internet to study for your Amateur Radio license exam.  There are practice tests on these sites that are random real-world examples of your actual test even.

Although you can buy books, online courses, and other materials you need not necessarily purchase anything.  The information is out there for free! Some people may feel more comfortable with paid resources and that is fine.  There are a lot of excellent resources available, but here is a listing of some of the best free sites that we at W9YB use.  W9YB PARC does not endorse any particular site or resource.