For a good start on getting your FCC License, check out this page:

[ Classes ]

Future classes will be scheduled when there is enough interest.
See the Calendar for more information.

Contact John Swenson — W7VNO – – TARA Training Coordinator, for more information or to register & order materials 817-228-2710.


[ Testing ]

Next Testing (VE) Session will (probably) be:  at our Saturday Field day in July in Payson. Check back for details.


NEW!! Examination Sessions Format Changes:

The ARRL exam fee remains at $15 for 2021, and is collected at the exam location prior to testing, as before. If you pass the exam and wist to test for the next higher license class at this same test session, there is no additional charge.

Photo identification, such as a drivers license, is required. If upgrading, please bring a copy of your current license.

The FCC now requires that the examines register in the FCC CORES registration system and receive an “FRN number” before the exam.

The link to CORES is

Click here for FCC CORES Video Tutorials

You will not be able to test unless you already have an FRN. (If you are upgrading, the FRN is on your current license). VEs are no longer able to send in your Social Security Number with the exam materials to have the FCC create an FRN for you.

The new $35 FCC license fee is set to go into effect on April 19, 2022.  The license fee will not be collected at the VE session.  It must be paid electronically to the FCC before a license or upgrade is issued. A link will be posted when the fee goes into effect and we are advised of the exact procedure and the link for payment to the FCC.

From the ARRL

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not have to collect the $35 fee at exam sessions.  Once the FCC application fee takes effect, new and upgrade applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual, and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC by using the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES – Login). VEC and VE team licensing procedures will not change.

When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each qualifying candidate. The candidate will have 10 calendar days, from the date of the application file number being issued, to pay. After the fee is paid, and the FCC has processed an application, examinees will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license or, in very rare instances, an explanation for why the application was dismissed or denied. The link will be valid for 30 days.

Per usual procedures, examinees that pass multiple exams at one session, will have one application transmitted to the FCC reflecting the highest level license class earned.

More information about fees is available here.

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