Bloomington Amateur Radio VE Team

The next Amateur Radio Exam session for our examiner group will be September 24, 2016 at 9:00 in the Haeg Conference Room in Civic Plaza.  Exams will not be conducted during July or August.  Enjoy your summer! 

Greetings Upgrading and Future Amateur Radio Operators. 
Test for a new amateur radio license or an upgrade with our experienced and friendly ARRL certified examiners. The volunteer examiner (VE) team is sponsored by the City of Bloomington through the Bloomington Communications Group which operates under the Police and Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Management. Our examination team includes the following Amateur Radio Extra Class volunteers:

  • Dan Royer – KE0OR (Lead Examiner),
  • Lynne Morin – KA1AAM
  • Robb Morin – KD0OJE
  • Louis Waseleski – KD0VC,
  • Tom Weigel – AB0J,
  • Jeff Goodnuff – W0KF
  • Bob Schwartz – KT0T
  • Jim Hagen – AJ0CM and
  • Bill Mitchel – AE0EE
  • Brian Esmay – AD0MJ

You will find the group concerned with your success and be ready to assist you throughout the process. Examination Schedule: The next  scheduled exam will be held on Saturday September 24, 2016.  The testing will begin at 9:00 am at the Bloomington Police Department, 1800 W Old Shakopee Road Bloomington, MN 55431-3027.  Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the exam session.
Session Information:  All persons taking exams are asked to pre-reregister with Dan Royer at ke0or@arrl.net or phone 952-888-9756.  For a Map to Civic Plaza (see building 1) click here.

Exam sessions take place on the 4th Saturday of the month in January, February, March, April, May, and June and again in September and October.  In 2016 no exam sessions will take place in July, August, November or December.

Session Information: Pre-registration for the Amateur Radio Exam session is  requested. You can register by calling Dan Royer at 952-888-9756 or send an e-mail to KE0OR@arrl.net .

Persons with special needs, such as having an exam read to them, are asked to pre-register for the session at least 7 days before the test so we can obtain the necessary support to assist them during the exam session.  Persons needing additional assistance are also encouraged to contact “Handiham.org” for additional assistance.

Before you come to the test session:

1.   If you are Upgrading your license, you need to provide a COPY of any element credit certificate that applies towards your new license. You must relinquish this COPY to be submitted to the FCC with your completed test material. (Please make your copies BEFORE coming to the test session, as copiers are not available at the test site.) Bring either a photocopy of your current, signed,  Amateur Radio license, 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.)

2.  VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit either your SSN (Social Security Number) or your FRN (Federal Registration 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. To directly link to the fcc universal licensing page and get your FRN, go to http:/wireless.fcc.gov/uls.   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.  .

3.  Please bring a pencil with an eraser and a pen to the exam session.

What you will need at the test session:

Before Testing Begins you will need to provide or do the following:

1.   A government issued photo ID such as a Drivers License or Passport is preferred.  If no photo ID is available, TWO alternate forms of identification are required. Acceptable documents include:

        • non-photo ID/driver’s license (some states still have them)
        • birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
        • social security card
        • library card
        • 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.
        • students 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.

2.   You will need to provide the examination test fee of $15.00. All fees are forwarded to the ARRL. If possible, a check made out to the ‘ARRL-VEC’ is the preferred method of payment. Cash will also be accepted however the exact amount for the fee is appreciated.

3.   Calculators may not be programmed for solving exam questions and are subject to examination by our VE team. All other materials including paper for calculations will be provided at the session.

4.   Put away all books, notebooks, purses, etc. These should be placed on the floor.

The team looks forward to seeing you and meeting you at the exam session. Good luck in your amateur radio endeavors.

73,
The Bloomington-VE Team

Information Regarding Recent FCC Rule Changes

Expired License Rules Revised:
The FCC has revised the Amateur Service Part 97 Rules to grant partial written examination element credit to holders of expired General, Advanced and Extra licenses. The new rules are in effect as of August 21, 2014.

Following is a link to the ARRL web page with further information on these changes:
http://www.arrl.org/exam-element-credit

Paper License available only by request
Starting February 17, 2015 the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In mid-December, 2014 the FCC adopted final procedures to provide access to official electronic authorizations, as it had proposed in WT Docket 14-161 as part of its “process reform” initiatives.

Under the new procedures, licensees will access their current official authorization (“Active” status only) via the ULS License Manager. The FCC will continue to provide paper license documents to all licensees who notify the Commission that they prefer to receive one. Licensees also will be able to print out an official authorization – as well as an unofficial “reference copy” – from the ULS License Manager.

New Licenses will be available by email:  
“Under the new procedures, a new license applicant who already has an FCC Registration Number (FRN) and provides a valid e-mail address under “Applicant Information” in the ULS will receive an official ULS-generated electronic authorization via e-mail. New license applicants lacking an FRN will receive in the mail an FRN and a temporary password to access the COmmission REgistration System (CORES). New applicants will no longer automatically receive a license document and must request one by changing their “Paper Authorization Preference” in the ULS License Manager.”

Below are other links which may be of Interest:

Below are links to several practice exam sites.  Typically, students passing the practice exams consistently with a score of 80% appear to have success passing tests at the ve exam session.  Please check the site to be certain material referenced is regularily updated and currently reflects exam requirements.  The ARRL test manuals with the software CD is most helpful.

Other practice test sites include:

Click on the following links for help learning Morse Code. Morse Code is no longer required for any license however many people are still communicating with Morse Code and wish to learn how to communicate using the code. Good luck and have fun.

Don’t worry, just go in and take that exam!

Volunteer Examiners