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The Mid-State Amateur Radio Club offers Volunteer Exam (VE) sessions immediately following  monthly club meetings. Testing sessions start at approximately 9:15 to 9:30 am.

Meetings are held at the Johnson Co. REMC Office (Conference Room), 750 International Drive, Franklin Indiana. 46131.  (Located off U.S. 31 South, behind (east of), Carter Lumber).  

Advance notification of special accommodations needed, would be appreciated.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the VE Team Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

If you are already licensed, remember to bring a photo copy of your existing (unexpired) FCC Radio License.

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2017 VE Testing DATES

Winter Spring Summer Fall
Jan 21, 2017  Apr 15, 2017  Jul 15, 2017  Oct 21, 2017
Feb 18, 2017  May 20, 2017  Aug 19, 2017  Nov 18, 2017
Mar 18, 2017   Jun 17, 2017 Sept - NONE  Dec 16, 2017


What to Bring:

1. A legal photo ID (driver’s license, passport)
2. If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
   a. non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them)
   b. birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
   c. social security card
   d. library card
   e. utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that
specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed
to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on
the Form 605.

3. Students/minors may bring any of the above items and/or a school ID, minor's work permit, report card, or a legal guardian may present a photo ID.

4. Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN); VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application form. If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you have a FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the application. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC's FAQ page and the FCC's registration instructions page.

5. If applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license or a reference copy printed out from the FCC website, the license information printed from ARRL website or QRZ website, or the original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions. If your license has already been issued by FCC, the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The photocopy(s) will not be returned.
Instructions on how to obtain an official FCC license copy are on
Obtain License Copy web page.

6. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed.  You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session.  Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they're free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phones' calculator function may not be used.  In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used. 



Mid State Amateur Radio Club recognizes and thanks the Club VE's.


Steve Brown, Steve Carmean, Sam Carter, Rhonda Curtis, Steve Curtis, Steve Ellis, Chris Frederick, Jacki Frederick, Robert LaGrange, Phil Melick, Kevin Nuetzman, Jack Parker, Matt Payne, Ron Schuetz, Bruce Tisdale. 




What’s Next? How Soon Can I get on the air!!??

congratulations!! You have you have just passed the test for a brand new Amateur Radio License. To show that you have taken and passed your exam you will be given a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) showing the exam date, the class of license and operating privileges you qualified for.

Caution:  The CSCE is NOT a license to operate a radio station.  If you are a new operator and have not previously held a license, or are a someone who has applied for a new license via the relicensing program, you must wait until your new call sign, name, and address appear in the FCC's ULS database before beginning on the air operations. 

Most likely, we will mail your information from the testing session today! It will be entered into the FCC database in just a few days. When your license is issued, it will appear in the FCC database typically on a Thursday. As soon as your name and new call sign appears in the database, you may begin to use your new license and call sign assigned by the FCC. If the license has not been issued, don't worry, it’s a government thing and it’s a process. It may take a few days, especially if a weekend or holiday is involved. Be patient, and check back every day. Soon you will be rewarded with your new call sign. If you do not see your name in the FCC database within 3 weeks, contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for support.


How to find out if your new license is ready?

Check the FCC database to see if your license has been issued at this web site.

Then follow the instructions below

Do a search, using the "License Search" box at the top of the page. Change the license search to "By Name" from the drop down list.   Enter your name like this: “Smith, John E” and press the "Search" button. Any names matching the search criteria will appear. If more than one name appears, find one that is closest to your name including the middle initial, and shows as "active" under the "status" column. If there is more than one listing, click on the ‘call sign’ and look at each of them until you find the one with your address and that’s likely your new call sign. As of February 17, 2015 the FCC no longer mails a ‘hard copy’ of your license to your home. When you find your license on the FCC database, click on your call sign, and in the new window that opens, you will find a link across the top called “Reference Copy”. Click the link and it creates a printable PDF file of your license, download and save this file. Print the PDF file, this is your license! Now put it that nice frame you have and hang it on your wall.

As soon as your new license showing your name, address, and call sign appear in the FCC's database, as evidenced by the search you just completed from the preceding paragraphs, you may begin operating. Just grab your microphone, keyboard, or telegraph key and go for it! Check out the Ham Radio Operating and Ethics, an excellent resource of information for the newly licensed amateur radio operator about how to make your first contact.


Upgrading your license??   Temporary operating authority:

If you have just upgraded your license by passing additional elements, and will result in your having additional operating privileges, you may begin using them immediately! You do not have to wait until we have sent the upgrade data to the FCC. 

You will notice on your CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination) form that one of the options under "Operating Privilege" has been circled. Also, on the back of the CSCE form, is a brief explanation of how to identify your station. You should use this special identification procedure until your license has been modified, and the FCC database shows your new privileges. Once the changes have been included in the FCC's database, you no longer need to use the special identification. Just use your call sign as you have been doing so far - before the upgrade.  Use the steps above to print your new license and frame it.

The exception to this rule is you have asked for and received a new call sign. In that case, use your old call sign with the temporary identifier until your new call sign is listed in the FCC database, then switch to using your new call sign, and discontinue using of your old call sign.

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