Licensing

LarcVEC175W9YB PARC VE Team

W9YB PARC VE Team Session Manager & VEC Liaison:
Nicholas Hyer K9XN – Amateur Extra


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

W9YB PARC VEs:
Mike Shen AC9ID – Amateur Extra
Bobby Sambolin KP4CI – Amateur Extra
Eugene Glover KA9NOH – Amateur Extra
Hunter Sakiewicz W9IS – Amateur Extra
Derek Fronek KD9MEQ – Amateur Extra
William Haub N9OC – 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 to take an exam.

Next Exam Date/Time:

Saturday, October 2, 2021 – 9 am – 11 am
Rawls Hall Room 2079 (2nd floor)
***REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED***

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 or Police vehicles.

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

This exam session is open to the general public and serves anyone that wishes to obtain an US FCC Amateur Radio License from the community.

Cov19 information for exam:

All applicants that wish to take an exam at our sessions are required to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status.  This is a mandate by Purdue University.  Anyone not following this mandate will be asked to leave.
Social distancing is also in effect.  This may mean that there could be a bit of a wait to enter our testing room until we have adequate space for social distancing.  

Registration for exam session:

Due to CoV19 restrictions for the use of facilities at Purdue University, all candidates MUST register for the exam.
Please use the registration form below to register for the upcoming exam.  Exams must be finished and processed by 12:00 (noon) because the building closes at 12:30.    Please register using  by using the form below.

ATTENTION:  Applicants must register with FCC CORES to obtain a FRN number before registration for our exams!

The FCC is updating the CORES system effective March 1, 2019.  This is the system that maintains the FCC Registration Numbers (FRNs).  Is is the policy of W9YB Purdue ARC VE team that we no longer will be able to use a SSN (social security number) for an exam applicationAll applicants MUST register with the FCC CORES system and obtain an FRN number.

All applicants must sign up with FCC CORES to get an FRN.  Creating a CORES account is a two-step process which will include responding to an e-mail to confirm the registration.  This can take several hours, so obtain the FRN number from the FCC CORES system prior to registration for one of our exam sessions.

You can create a FCC CORES account and obtain an FRN number at the FCC website:
https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE Saturday, October 2 exam:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KqHmPOigVTPRGjYaIy4TrKRWAlD164Ac3uLpZ7zIuFE/edit?usp=sharing

W9YB Exam Information and Fees:

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 Class Exam and pass element 2.  Next the General element 3 and then the Extra Class Exam element 4.  

For new licensees (New Amateurs):

  • REGISTER WITH FCC CORES for an FRN number:  FCC CORES FRN REGISTRATION
  • Please bring with you a photo ID (driver’s license, valid school ID card, etc.).  You must register with the FCC before you take your exam and obtain an FCC FRN number.  You can do that here: https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do
  • 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 and must be stored away.

For existing licensees (Amateurs that are upgrading):

  • You will also need to show us a valid photo ID (driver’s license, valid school ID, etc.) and provide your FRN number.
  • 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 and stored away.

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.