Robertson County Amateur Radio Club
VE Team

Our VE team was formed in early Summer of 2013 and operates as a part of the ARRL VEC program

We provide FCC approved testing for all Amateur Radio license exams

Due to COVID restrictions at Northcrest Hospital, until further notice, the team will hold testing sessions on the first Saturday of EVERY month at the First Free Will Baptist Church, 811 16th Ave. East in Springfield, TN
See the main page of this website for a map of the church location.

For those of you that are not already amateur operators, VE stands for Volunteer Examiner.
These are amateur operators that vounteer their time and talents to help non-amateurs get their first license and current amateurs to upgrade their current license class.
There is a fee for taking the test but none of this money goes in the pockets of the VE Team members nor does it go to RCARC.

If you are interested in taking an exam with us, please email the VE Liaison with this link (if you use Outlook, Thunderbird or another 3rd party email software)
or you can email Please put RCARC VE Testing in the subject line and then provide your Name, and preferred phone number.
Somone will respond  to you as soon as possible.

2022 VE Team Members:
  • Granville Chapman, WD4LNE - VE Liaison
  • Doug Aldrich, AA0BH
  • Bill Jones, N4LB
  • Joe Vest, WU9F
  • Pat Caldwell, W4VFC
  • Randy Ruemler, KK4OVW

Upcoming Testing Sessions for 2022

(all testing sessions will be at 1 pm unless otherwise noted)

January 15, 2022
moved to 3rd week due to 1st being New Years Day
and 2nd had hazardous driving conditions from snow storm

February 5, 2022

March 5, 2022

April 2, 2022

May 7, 2022

June 4, 2022

July 2, 2022

August 6, 2022

September 3, 2022

October 1, 2022

November 5, 2022

December 3, 2022

Below are some tips from our team to those wishing to take an exam.

You may download a .pdf copy of the this information here

Right click on the link and choose "Save Link As" to save it to your computer

Important Note:

The FCC is now requiring all applicants for an Amateur Radio license to obtain their FCC Registration Number (FRN) prior to attending a test session.
The following is a link to a tutorial explaining how to register with the FCC and obtain your FRN.

What to do before an Exam Session

If you have not done business with the FCC before (you don’t have any other FCC issued license), it is now required that you register with the FCC and obtain your Federal Registration Number (FRN) before the exam session.  With your FRN, you do not need to put your Social Security Number on your Amateur Radio application documents.

To obtain your FRN, go to the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (USL) web page at  Click REGISTER.  On the next page click REGISTER again.  On the next page choose “An Individual” and “Yes” and click  CONTINE.
On the next page you are only required to fill in the information indicated by the red asterisk (*).  You need to crate a password (6 to 15 characters, containing at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, and one number or special character).  This password and your FRN will allow you to access the ULS system in the future.  Also, you are asked to create a Personal Security Question (PSQ) and a Personal Security Question answer.  The Personal Security Question/Answer will allow you to reset your password in the event you forget your password.
Click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the form and you are done.  Record your FRN and bring it to the exam session.

What to bring to the Exam Session

The examination fee (currently $15.00).  Cash is preferred (no 50 or 100 dollar bills).  You may also pay by check.  If you pay by check, make the check payable to “ARRL/VEC”.  Please note the location (city and state) and date of the exam session in the “memo” field.

You need to bring a government issued picture ID (driver license, military ID, state or local government ID, or passport).  If you do not have one of the above, you must bring TWO other forms of identification, such as a Social Security card, birth certificate, school ID, grade report, bank statement, or utility bill.  The name (and address, if applicable) must match the name (and address, if applicable) you enter on your application documents.  If you have any questions as to what is considered a valid ID, please contact the team liaison BEFORE the exam session.

If you are upgrading, you need to bring the ORIGINAL and a COPY of your existing unexpired license (we do not have the ability to make copies at the test site).  If you DO NOT have an original copy of your license, contact the team liaison BEFORE the exam session.  If you have a CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination) you must bring the ORIGINAL and a COPY of the CSCE.  Your original documents will be returned to you after the VE team verifies the copies.

If you are claiming Element 3 credit for a Technician license issued prior to March 21, 1987 please contact the team liaison BEFORE the exam session.

Cell Phones

All cell phones MUST be turned OFF.  Any candidate that receives or makes a cell phone call while taking the examination will have the examination TERMINATED and there will be NO refund of the examination fee.



Calculators can be used IF the VE team can verify that all memories and programs have been erased.  Because of their ability to store and retrieve information, the use of a cell phone, smart phone, PDA or other similar device will not be allowed.  If you need a calculator, the Texas Instruments TI-30Xa includes all of the functions needed for the Technician, General, and Extra Class examinations and is available for less than $15 at Walmart.  If you prefer a RPN calculator, the Hewlett Packard HP 35s is a good choice for under $60.

If You Pass an Examination

 If you pass an examination for an element, you may take the next element (or elements) without paying another examination fee. 


If You Fail an Examination

 If you fail an examination and want to try again (with a different version of the examination) you must pay the examination fee a second time.

If you have any questions, please contact the team liaison before the exam session.

  Thank you and good luck!

The Robertson County Amateur Radio Club VE Team