The Silicon Valley Volunteer Examiner (VE) Group is an organization of South Bay radio amateurs affiliated with the ARRL VEC. Our goal, first and foremost, is to give you an opportunity to earn your amateur radio license or upgrade. We offer Technician, General, and Extra class exams to amateur radio newcomers and old hands alike.
We hold amateur radio examinations on the first and third Saturday of every month--see the calendar to the right.
Starting July 1st, 2015, General Class exams will be created from a new question pool.
The last SVVE test session using General exams created from the old 2011-2015 pool will be held on June 20th, 2015.
The first SVVE test session using General exams created from the new 2015-2019 pool will be held on July 4th, 2015.
When studying for your General exam, please be sure that your study guide covers questions from the appropriate pool! Most study guides will indicate the pool date range on the cover or title page.
A summary of differences between the old and new pools can be found here.
Exams are held at the Saratoga Firehouse, 14380 Saratoga Avenue, in downtown Saratoga. The firehouse is at the intersection of Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road and Saratoga Avenue (see map below). Enter through the front door.
Exam sessions start at 8 AM; please plan on arriving no later than 10 AM. If you intend to take multiple exams in a single session, please give yourself plenty of time by showing up as early as you can, so that you can start your last exam no later than 10.
If you can't make it by 10 AM, we might be able to accommodate a late start time, provided you let us know in advance by calling our group leader, Morris Jones, no later than the Thursday preceding the exam date; his cell phone number is (408) 507-4698.
What to Bring
We'll provide all necessary forms. You'll need to bring:
- ID - either a legal photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID. Youngsters can be identified by an parent or legal guardian with proper ID.
- Your Social Security Number (SSN) or Federal Registration Number (FRN).
- If you're currently licensed, the original and a photocopy of your amateur radio license. If you are newly licensed and don't yet have your paper license from the FCC, bring the original version of your Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam (the certificate you received at your last exam).
- The $15 exam fee. We accept cash or a check made out to ARRL VEC.
For more information on exactly what you need to bring, look here.
We'll have plenty of pens and pencils on hand, as well as calculators for those who don't have one.
When Will I Receive My License?
While it's impossible to say for sure, it's a good bet that if you pass an exam on a Saturday, your new license status will show up in the FCC database by the following Friday. You can query license status here, by name or callsign.
If You Need More Information...
...please contact our group leader, Morris Jones, AD6ZH, at (408) 507-4698, or send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.