Licensing, Licensing Forms, Operating, & Education

Updated: 08/16/2017
 

Licensing

Apply for an FRN   NOTE: If you hold a FCC license in any service you already have an FRN.
ARRL-VEC
FCC Amateur Radio website
FCC License Renewal Information
How to Get a Copy of Your License
How to Get a Vanity Call Sign
How to Cancel a Deceased Licensee’s License
FCC ULS Database 
FCC ULS License Search
Examination Element Credit  Effective beginning in 2014, SOME former licensees get credit for past test elements that they passed. Click in the link.
QRZ Call Sign Database
Sunnyvale VEC ARC
W5YI-VEC

 

Licensing Forms

You can renew online, make administrative updates (update your address), on the FCC’s ULS website , by logging-in to the website. (You will need your FRN and your password, to log-in.)

NCVEC Form 605   Before August 20, 2017, this form can be submitted.   This Form Can ONLY Be Submitted at a VE Session.  Free to submit for renewal for current ARRL members, at an ARRL-VEC sponsored session. (Like ours.)    NO OTHER PURPOSE!  Please bring your ARRL membership card, or a current QST that shows your membership expiration date (we have to attach your membership number to the application). [VE Session fee will be charged, for Non-ARRL members, or to ARRL members, if they do not bring proof-of-ARRL-membership.]

NCVEC 605 Form 2017 UPDATED   On or After August 21, 2017, you must use the UPDATED form.   This Form Can ONLY Be Submitted at a VE Session.   Free to submit for renewal for current ARRL members, at an ARRL-VEC sponsored session. (Like ours.)  NO OTHER PURPOSE!   Please bring your ARRL membership card, or a current QST that shows your membership expiration date (we have to attach your membership number to the application). [VE Session fee will be charged, for Non-ARRL members,or to ARRL members, if they do not bring proof-of-ARRL-membership.]

Additional Information Form: RF SAFETY INFO

Applicant Info Qualification Question 2017

ARRLClub 605C-2017_INTERACTIVE – CLUB CALL APPLICATION & RENEWAL FORM   You must submit this form to Club Call Sign Administrator. (Like the ARRL-VEC.)

NOTE: If you choose to submit a paper application to the FCC to renew, you MUST submit their forms [FCC Forms 605 & 605d]. PLEASE be sure that it is mailed in time to be received by the FCC in time to be processed. Normally, the FCC takes about 14 days, to process an application. (Postmarks DO NOT COUNT!)  If your license is about to expire, remember, YOU MUST NOT transmit with an expired license!
[Remember: The two-year grace period, for renewing your license without taking another exam, runs 730 days.]
Updated FCC Form 605 Instructions 2017
FCC Form 605 Paper Application, if submitting by mail. See the Supplemental Application below. (You will need to submit both forms if you are submitting by mail.) [Same forms are used for applying a Vanity Call.]
FCC FORM 605d Supplemental Application for Amateurs Filing on Paper, if you are submitting by mail.

 

Exams

MARS’ Exams Page
ARRL Exam Locator
What to Bring to an Exam Session
AA9PW Practice Tests
QRZ.com Practice Tests
EHam.com Practice Tests
HamStudy.org – Practice exam system sponsored by Icom.
ARRL Exam Review

 

 Operating

AC6V Morse Code Operating Aids
ARRL Contest Calendar
FCC Part 97 Rules & Regulations
Sunspots and the Solar Cycle
Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation
NG3K Announced DX Operations Schedule
N0NBH Propagation Tools
Broadband-Hamnet™ HSMM-MESH™ Mesh Networking
Lightning Strike Map (LIVE) blitzortung.org
WA7BNM Contest Calendar
(NARCC) Northern Amateur Relay Council of California Repeater Coordinating Council [Northern CA Repeater Listings]

 

Education

MARS’ Education Page
ARRL Class Locator
ARRL Question Pools Page
2MeterCriticalMass.com On-the-Air Training [San Francisco]
PIC Elmer 160 Course 
W5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable Webcast
RSGB (UK Amateur Radio) Video
AA9PW Practice Tests
QRZ.com Practice Tests
EHam.com Practice Tests
HamStudy.org – Practice exam system sponsored by Icom.
ARRL Exam Review
Glossary of Radio Terms (Jargon)

 

Instructors

ARRL Resources for License Instruction
MARS Instructors Google Drive

 

Publications

ARRL SHOP
ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Support Page
CQ Magazine
RSGB Radio Books
W5YI Publications - Gordon West Manuals