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Amateur Radio FCC testing

The 1st Saturday of most Months

---------COVID-19 UPDATES --------------------------------------

Exam Candidates: You are REQUIRED to register in the FCC CORES system and receive a Federal Registration Number (FRN) before exam day. See note at QRZ For FRN registration information, see item #4: Exam Session Requirements Candidates could go directly to the FCC CORES User Account and Registration page:

Click Here for FCC CORES Tutorial Videos.

After obtaining the FRN from the FCC, then fill-out & bring to the testing session the Form 605 on your computer & print out for the session: NCVEC605Form2017SeptFF.pdf

Obtaining this FRN is MANDATORY and you will not be able to test without it. It only takes a few minutes to obtain and you can do so with your smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

All Sessions, 1st come, 1st served beginning with the Sept 4 2021 administration. We may have to limit the number of seats due to social distancing guidelines of the CDC and have multiple seatings.


Testing starts at 10:30am

Food 2 Store on 541 E 3rd St, in Meridian
on 3rd St southside of Railroad tracks.

Questions on the exam session? Contact Jim Szatkowski

Bring $15.00 (cash-exact change or check payable to ARRL), Your ARRL/FCC Form 605 with your FRN (or at least your FRN, 605's available onsite),
a copy of your current license if going for an upgrade, sharp pencils and a pen, an approved calculator, and a government issued photo ID - See ARRL's list of 'what to bring (and what not to bring)' and wear a mask if not fully vaccinated.

The FCC will collect, effective April 19, 2022 an administrative fee of $35 paid directly to them - see the ARRL page discussing the fee
AGAIN -- You need to register your SSN with the FCC before exam day and obtain an FRN. We'll not accept SSNs on the 605's any longer. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC's Registration page and the FCC's Registration instructions page.

Study and Exam resources can be found at


Why Ham radio? See How and Why to become a Hame Radio Operator in the Treasure Valley. Also check-out

Contact Doug W7DVR by phone (208) 571-4608 or email at or Jim


Free online General Class CLASS!!/showSignUp/8050f4ba9ae2babfa7-general6

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Other testing options in this area include Boise County ARC (POC:, Emmett ARC, Elmore County ARC, Snake River ARC and the Southwest Idaho ARC (See or

Emmett ID "Free" testing session 4/24/21 107 E Main St Emmett, ID - for details contact Kim Gross on FB Idaho Ham Radio Operators group.


Online Exams

ONLINE EXAMS: If an in-person exam session cannot be located in a particular area or if taking an online exam is preferred, search for online examination teams here:


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updated 11-16-21