... amateur radio license exams in the South Bay

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.


The Saratoga Fire Station will be undergoing renovation in December 2018 and part of January 2019, during which time the Silicon Valley VE Group will not have access to the building. The following exam sessions are affected:

  • Saturday, December 1st, 2018
  • Saturday, December 15th, 2018
  • Saturday, January 5th, 2019

These sessions will be held in the Grace Building of the Saratoga Prospect Center, located at 19800 Prospect Road, Saratoga. The center is about 0.6 miles east of the intersection of Saratoga Sunnyvale Road and Prospect Road, on the eastbound side of Prospect; refer to the map below.

Sessions will start at 10AM and end at 12 noon. Note that we’re starting later and have less time than we usually do at fire station sessions. Arriving at or shortly after 10 AM will give you the best chance of completing your exam(s) by noon.

Exams should return to the Saratoga Fire House starting with the Saturday, January 19th session, but you know how renovations go. Be sure to check this website for the latest information. If you have any questions, contact Morris Jones at (408) 507-4698 or at mojoteri@comcast.net.

Exam Dates

We hold amateur radio examinations on the first and third Saturday of every month--see the calendar on the right.

Exam Location

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.

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Exam Time

Exam sessions start at 8 AM; please plan on arriving no later than 9:30 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 AM.

If you can't make it by 9:30 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, an original or copy of your amateur radio license (to see how to get a copy, click here.) If you are newly licensed and your license is not yet in the FCC database, bring the original 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 mojoteri@comcast.net.