Examinee Testimonials

This page is dedicated to allowing those who have willingly expressed permission to have their comments posted relating to their exam experience with the Aurora Amateur Radio Group. For those who are reading this page for the first time, you are seeing the results of a dedicated team of volunteers who come together and provide an amazing service. Don’t just take our word for it…read the comments below and give our remote testing service a try! You’ll be glad you did.

December 2023

FRANK D WROTE…
The welcoming atmosphere and “votes of confidence” put the student in a good frame of mind. This was the same experience I had here with my Tech and what I know I will have with my Extra in the future

ZACH H WROTE…
Process was smooth and detailed throughout. Volunteer examiners were excellent and made the entire process easy to understand.

MATTHEW A WROTE…
All the individuals that took part in administering my test were very friendly and even invited me to not only join their discord but stay in the Zoom call to chat with before the next tests start. They were all very professional and were very understanding. 10/10 great experience!

DAVID I WROTE…
The whole process was much easier than I originally thought. Good explaining of the process involved. Not rushed by any means. I was appreciative they would take time during the explaining of all to make sure I understood. A plus for sure! There is no weird Orwellian kind of process. They just follow the rules and make sure you do as well. A pleasant experience with this group. Would recommend them if you are taking a radio exam!

November 2023

DAVID K WROTE…
First rate. Kind people. Good sense of humor. Made the process easy. Looking forward to my next exam.

MICHAEL A WROTE . . .
Great job! Really well organized and supported.

MICHAEL W WROTE . . .
Great job! Easy to follow and everything worked well.

October 2023

PHILIP B WROTE . . .
Great team, made me feel very comfortable. Very encouraging

WILL E WROTE . . .
The Aurora Group was very welcoming and presented a very calm atmosphere & easy to follow, good Instructions. I highly recommend.

September 2023

BRANDON F WROTE . . .
The testing process was painless from start to finish. I felt adequately prepared, however, I did make it a point to understood the instructions both on their website and in the emails sent after signing up. It was the lead VE’s first time being a lead in the virtual room I was testing. He needed some ques from the other VEs at times but everything still went extremely smooth. I was impressed with the way all the VEs worked together to make sure all bases were covered and that the lead VE had a successful first experience. Thank you for a great experience. See you when I take my extra exam!

WILLIAM N WROTE . . .
Great Experience and well put together group!

August 2023

TIM L WROTE . . .
Thank you for a very seamless process.

JOE M WROTE . . .
This was the second time I have used the VE services. I can’t say enough good things about my experience.

PETER B WROTE . . .
The volunteers were extremely easy to work with. Appears that they really like what they are doing as far as helping others get into radio. Looking forward to volunteering in the future.

BRIAN E WROTE . . .
I really appreciated the friendly atmosphere and professionalism of everyone involved. I also really appreciated the opportunity to take the test online. Other than a small hiccup for one of the VE’s to sign the exam everything went very smooth!

BRYCE H WROTE . . .
The VE were great and super friendly. I appreciate the club for accommodating the time difference for me. Thank you!

ROBERT H WROTE . . .
A absolutely great experience ! You all were super helpful and showed great patients. Your instructions were great and easy to follow. Thank you all for your expertise in helping make my test successful. Looking forward to the next test. Your work is greatly appreciated.

AARON M WROTE . . .
Quick and easy to understand email communication sent throughout the process. VEs were professional and made sure I understood all the steps for remote testing. I would 100% recommend AARG to anyone wanting to test for their first license or upgrade their existing license! I previously tested for Technician, General and passed my Amateur Extra tonight with AARG. Thank you for another excellent experience!

BOBBY W WROTE . . .
It was a pleasure taking the exam with you all.

July 2023

ANTHONY P WROTE . . .
Fantastic Experience with the AARG! They were absolutely wonderful to meet and after my passed test, It was great learning some real world experience. I look forward to meeting them again for me General!!!

JOSEPH M WROTE . . .
The process was easy to understand and was simply to follow. Awesome experience!

PHILIP M WROTE . . .
Very convenient, great overall experience. Clear and thorough communication at all steps

BRUCE McG WROTE . . .
Just as it was when I took my General, the team at AARG were professional and most of all, Fun! Really takes the edge off being by a bunch of guys who just like having fun. Makes for a comfortable environment.

ARVIN S WROTE . . .
Yes the experience was great! I hope to see you guys again, very and enjoyable throughout.

ADLEY B WROTE . . .
Amazing team, very professional. Highly recommend the remote testing. Was able to get my Technician, General, and Amateur Extra smoothly and quickly.

June 2023

JUSTIN W WROTE . . .
Thanks for the time it took to make this a seamless process. It was a great experience.

JOHN T WROTE . . .
Great experience. Easy and concise. Couldn’t have gone any smoother. Everyone was first class.

DAVE D WROTE . . .
I really like all the VE’s giving me the “at home” down to earth feeling, puts a person at ease!

ADLEY B WROTE . . .
Very happy with the opportunity to test remote. Being deployed has its constraints but I now have completed the first steps to a life long investment or learning. The VEs were very kind, professional, and willing to answer any questions asked to the best of their ability.

SEAN C WROTE . . .
Excellent people and very easy to understand directions

May 2023

MICHAEL L WROTE . . .
A great team of examiners. They created a very friendly atmosphere that kept any stress to a minimum, enabling the best outcome for the candidate. Excellent job!.

JEFFREY L WROTE . . .
Very profession, kind, and informative experience. Don’t be intimidated by the online process. Highly recommend!

RUSSELL R WROTE . . .
Fantastic experience. Really well done and very professional. Appreciate the encouragement and willingness to just talk about amateur radio.

HECTOR FR WROTE . . .
Excellent experience! All went smooth. Instructions were clear. Everyone was very nice.

ANDREW M WROTE . . .
The AARG team was amazing and I look forward to taking my General exam here in the near future :-). Thank you!!

MARTIN G WROTE . . .
I appreciate everybody’s patience and resilience in working through the snags.

April 2023

ROBERT G WROTE . . .
Initially I found the exam instructions quite daunting with strict rules considering I have taken a lot of remote exams. I know these are set by the FCC but the instructions were clear and once the session was underway, felt it all ran smoothly. I could see the professionalism in administering these exams. Overall a pleasant and relaxing experience, I’ll be back for my general grade soon and hope I can be of some assistance in the future to help others pass the exam.

LESLIE H WROTE . . .
Very professional and accommodating. Brandin was very helpful. The VE’s are very knowledgeable. This is a trustworthy Club. Thank you Aurora Amateur Radio Group.

KATHLEEN H WROTE . . .
I found everyone to be kind and calming to me before I took my test. Directions are spelled out to you and there is help along the way! I would definitely come back here to do my General when the time comes! Thank you AARG!

IWO K WROTE . . .
This was an awesome experience! People like you make radio so much fun!

SKYLAR C WROTE . . .
The experience was delightfully simple and straightforward. I had no questions entering the exam room, and the VEs were so helpful and accommodating in the Zoom room itself that I had zero concerns about the test-taking process. At the same time, the resources available on AARG’s website provided fantastic support with both studying for the exam and preparing for the process. Everyone was so happy and supportive, too, which really made me feel all the more included in the hobby and happy to be participating! I’ll definitely be looking back to AARG for my upgrade to Amateur-Extra, and I’ll be applying for club membership so I can continue to both be involved with and help support these wonderful, positive people!

MICHAEL M WROTE . . .
Honestly at the beginning I was put back just a little by the stern way in the emails I was told to proceed. But I understood why because being a volunteer is demanding at times. They did it so people would follow directions. And everything went off without a hitch. After getting on and talking with everyone all was put at ease. They guys and gals are very helpful and really interested in you. So I recommend everyone to use AARG as their ham radio testing station.

MICHELLE T WROTE . . .
Everyone was very pleasant to work with and I enjoyed our conversation afterwards too!

WILLIAM H WROTE . . .
Thank you so much for helping me become a ham!

BRIAN K WROTE . . .
AARG has the remote exam process down to a science making for a trouble-free experience. Very professional!

March 2023

MICHELLE T WROTE . . .
Everyone was very welcoming and personable, which took the environmental stress out of the test taking! Thank you for everything you do for ham radio!

LEWIS H WROTE . . .
I have now taken three Amateur Radio exams, one on line with another VEC and one “in person.” AARG has been by far the most professional and complete of any of them. From the moment I first signed up it has been first rate all the way, the preliminary video explaining the process was a huge help. The steps were clear and easy to follow. It is a well thought out process. Now that I’m an Extra, my exam days are behind me, but if I did have to take another exam this would be my first choice. I hope to become a VE a return to the community with this outstanding group.

ISRAEL M WROTE . . .
The unfaltering hospitality I was greeted with before and after my exam made the whole experience a positive one. Thank you–I’ll be back once it’s time for my General!

SEAN T WROTE . . .
Very professional.

MARK R WROTE . . .
The entire crew was patient and friendly. They were competent and confident and seemed passionate about Amateur Radio. Although serious about the testing process, they made the testing process comfortable. Thank you.

MARK N WROTE . . .
VE group Pat, Chuck, David and Steph were a great team and a great encouragement!!! Thanks team!!!

February 2023

JUSTIN M WROTE . . .
Really great and helpful group.

BLAKE C WROTE . . .
Great experience!  Professionally organized.

KIRSI V WROTE . . .
The online experience was very professional and it truly seemed that the club/testing volunteers took the testing seriously and followed the rules of the FCC. The volunteers involved were nice and professional.

CAROL B WROTE . . .
Thank you AARG for the great experience I had while taking the General license exam online.  You were both professional, making sure my home environment followed FCC rules, and friendly.  I had some difficulty getting my secondary device (an iPhone) in landscape mode, but you were very patient with me and walked me through the needed steps.  After the exam, we stayed on a bit to chat about fun radio experiences.  Thank you for your time.

January 2023

RICKY P WROTE . . .
Fun and experienced VEs.  They get straight to business and will get you out of there if you need to go, or hang back and chat until their next session.  Lots of additional information can be learned at that time.  Take advantage of their knowledge!

T MARK M WROTE . . .
Great group of examiners.

GLENN M WROTE . . .
The entire crew was great.  They were calm, efficient, and kind.  They made the exam experience as stress-free as possible.

KIRK K WROTE . . .
Great experience.  Quick and easy.  Examiners were friendly and put me at ease.  Will return for General and Extra exams.  Would highly recommend to anyone seeking to get their Technician, General and or Extra.  Blessing to all for what you do.

BRIAN K WROTE . . .
Very professional setup!  The logistics of taking an online exam had me a bit concerned, but AARG, through very clear communications, simplified the process.

NORMA P WROTE . . .
Great proctors and very responsive.

WALDEMAR B WROTE . . .
I’ve just finished my tests – and passed both Technician and General – with AARG.  This team is amazing!  I was really impressed not only with the very high quality of the organization and professionalism, but also with the way they handled the whole process.  It was an outstanding experience and I certainly recommend AARG.  Thank you all.

KEVIN U WROTE . . .
I have now taken both my Technician and General license exams with Aurora.  I would not do it anywhere else! My plan is to join this club as well as become a Volunteer Examiner so I can give something back to the hobby.  While I am a member of 2 clubs here in NY, I just find the folks at Aurora to be amazing!  Who knows, maybe I can even get to visit someday.

MIRIAM P WROTE . . .
Everyone involved was very nice and helpful.

CHRIS C WROTE . . .
You guys do great work and I always recommend using you for others looking to take their test.

MICHAEL H WROTE . . .
The AARG process is seamless and worked very well for me.  I really do appreciate the on-line test taking process and really hope it stays in place.  The VE’s were awesome and although the instructions and pre-test communications are a bit lengthy, having that information well in advance of the test truly did take some of the test-day anxiety and wonder away for me, so all that advance information allowed me to keep my ‘remembering capacity’ where it needed so I could successfully pass the 2 tests I took that day.  THANK YOU

RICKY P WROTE . . .
This was a very easy process, and the VEs were very professional and personable.  Thank you!

RICKY P WROTE . . .
I didn’t realize remote examinations could be so fun!  The staff made it easy and very enjoyable.  I liked it so much.  I’m joining their VE ranks!

December 2022

MICHAEL R WROTE . . .
The instructions provided were thorough and well-made.  The video instructions helped speed up the pre-exam instruction time.

TODD C WROTE . . .
What an easy way to take the exam and a great resource for those in rural areas.

EVERLYNE C WROTE . . .
This was a great experience to take the test remotely.  The examiners were very helpful!

JOHN D WROTE . . .
Great experience.  Glad I found AARG.  The VEs on my Technician exam encouraged me to go on to General and I did.  I was into radio as a teen in the ‘60s and early ‘70s but life got in the way but now retired and glad to be back.

CANNON T WROTE . . .
The entire experience was flawless.  Even the complicated technical portions, i.e. multimonitor zooms switching in and out of various rooms, everything worked perfectly and no “technology stress” was endured.  That alone is remarkable!  The proctors were all human, if you will, which helped extinguish any anxieties as far as asking questions or seeking clarification.  Oh, and did I mention the process was FREE?  Wow.  A huge thanks to your organization and the fine men/women who have worked to establish such a successful procedure.  I found the correspondence to be timely, direct, and free of ad-lib.  Everything I received was pertinent and to the point.  It is a difficult thing to do, to write instructions a person won’t just skim over.  There was knowledge or instruction in each paragraph and each of my own questions were answered in reviewing such.  The zoom time was punctual and the technology worked great.  The entire experience was A+, I am grateful.  Thank you.

DENNIS M WROTE . . .
Everything was absolutely perfect.  The ve team was kind and very helpful in explaining everything clearly and concisely.  I couldn’t wish for better service.  I can not think of anything that needs to be improved on the ve teams end.

DARRELL J WROTE . . .
What a great service, and a great group of examiners!  I am SO pleased that the Aurora Amateur Radio Group helped me move from Technician to General!  Thank you!!

ADAM B WROTE . . .
Very enjoyable positive experience.  VEs took all the stress away.

LUCA F WROTE . . .
Very pleasant and effortless testing experience.

JOHN C WROTE . . .
Great experience. Smooth, professional, entertaining process with a relaxed atmosphere.  Probably one of the best test environments I’ve experienced in a long time.

JESSUP W WROTE . . .
With not having a club or testing site within a few hours drive, the AARG made testing for my general possible in the comfort of my own home.  They were professional and laid out all the instructions very clearly.  I would highly recommend using thier service if remote testing fits your needs!

KASEY E WROTE . . .
Thank you for offering the ability for remote testing.  Everyone was friendly and the whole process went smoothly!

AARON M WROTE . . .
Another excellent experience upgrading to General.  Thanks for offering this service, it is an asset to anyone getting into amateur radio.

DARA B WROTE . . .
My day job involves giving a lot of similar remote training/testing so I really appreciate on a professional level how clear the instructions were  –  I can empathize with how hard it is to facilitate a service like this but everything was super straight forward and the staff were all very friendly.  Thanks again!

KOSTIK K WROTE . . .
Thank you all Aurora Amateur Radio volunteers! With your help I got my general license.  Whole examination process has been very professional, easy to follow, and very very friendly.  I was so surprised when immediately after registering exam I got a call from the club and got confirmation for examination.  You provide priceless service for the community.

THOMAS S WROTE . . .
I have already recommended AARG to several people including to some groups on Facebook.

CHUCK M WROTE . . .
Very professionally run.  I was impressed.

BERNARD C WROTE . . .
As a member of the State Guard here in Georgia it is indeed heart warming to meet unselfish individuals like yourselves who volunteer of their time so others alike myself can obtain certified / licensed skills that can be used in times of crisis and disaster for our Country.  Thanks for all that you do, and may God bless all of you.  KQ4EDG

WILLIAM B WROTE . . .
Great group of people to learn and test with.

CLARK J WROTE . . .
Great job!

AARON M WROTE . . .
The entire process was simple, easy to understand and with excellent communication throughout.  Two thumbs up!  I would 100% recommend AARG to anyone wanting to their license!  Thank you for an amazing experience.

DUNCAN B WROTE . . .
Very professional!

LLOYD F WROTE . . .
Very pleasant experience with straightforward instructions.  The VEs were supportive and had lots of tips after the exam for future education and radio use.  Overall a great experience.

TYLER B WROTE . . .
Very easy to navigate.  Knowledable and friendly proctors.

ROBERT P WROTE . . .
These guys are Awesome  My second testing with them Tech a month ago and General today.  Very professional would highly recommend them and have.

JOHN D WROTE . . .
Great examiners.  So happy I chose Aurora.  I will be studying for my General and will definitely use Aurora again.

THOMAS S WROTE . . .
Would like to meet the club members.

DAVE S WROTE . . .
I couldn’t think of anything to improve in your entire system.  Everything works great!!

SEAN M WROTE . . .
Everyone was great.  I wished I had more time after the exam to hang out a chat a bit.  I look forward to coming back soon for the General exam.  Thanks for everything!

BRADEN R WROTE . . .
Probably one of the best online testing scenarios i have been part of.

JAMES K WROTE . . .
VEs were helpful, chill, and polite, definitely made the exams much more relaxed.

HAL C WROTE . . .
Stellar support from the exam crew.  The online method are easy and convenient.

November 2022

FRANK C WROTE . . .
Absolutely great group of guys in my session!  Clear and concise instructions and directions.  I am glad I found a date/time that worked for me with how often they do their tests compared to others.

CHI TAT L WROTE . . .
Enjoyable examination experience!

WILLIAM B WROTE . . .
This is an awesome group of people.  I will be testing with you all again!

DAN B WROTE . . .
This is an amazing place they make you fell like one of them like a brother very helpfull and cant stress enough if you want to do it online.  You will not find another place where you feel some type of way in a good way.

JONATHAN G WROTE . . .
You guys did great!  Professional, nice, thorough, to-the-point.  Thank you!

LIAM G WROTE . . .
Great job, everybody was super nice and I had a great time.

SCHUYLER A WROTE . . .
Thank you!  I really felt supported by the people helping.

ROBERT T WROTE . . .
Great testing experience, highly recommended!  VE’s went out of their way to make sure everything went smoothly and stress free.  Thanks so much for what you all do.

STEPHEN Y WROTE . . .
Excellent group of VEs and the best study tools!  I passed the Technician exam first try, and have already registered for my General.  I highly recommend Aurora!  A well-honed process for effective testing.

RYAN M WROTE . . .
Thank you for the excellent service!  Very well organized and executed remote testing environment.  Great communication and information.  Top-notch professional operation and VEs!

JOSHUA E WROTE . . .
Testing process was very organized, clear and easy to use.

TRAVIS B WROTE . . .
I can’t thank you guys enough.  There’s no way I pass the test without you guys.  I took many practice exams on your platform and it’s worth it’s weight in gold.  May God bless you and thank you very much.

TRAVIS B WROTE . . .
Easy process, easy to use platform, and personable examiners.  They answered the questions I had and made sure I understood everything needed for a successful exam.  Nice work and I will use them in the future.

GIAN M WROTE . . .
Thank you very much for the opportunity to test remotely.  Without you I would have not been able to go from technician to amateur extra in one week.  Strongly recommended.

CHI TAT L WROTE . . .
Enjoy nicely, helpful and professional experience.

STEPHEN W WROTE . . .
A very “smooth” process.  The VEs made the experience as least stressful as possible and it appeared they wanted you to suceeds.  Kudos to this organization!!!!  Keep up the good work for the Amateur Radio Community!

ROBERT P WROTE . . .
Everyone was so amazing and making sure I understood every detail as we went along.  Would Highly Recommend to anyone in the Future

DANIEL C WROTE . . .
Thank y’all, it was amazing being able to test with y’all.  You were very friendly and helpful.

MATTHEW R WROTE . . .
This was a very positive exam experience, and I would definitely direct anyone looking for a remote exam to AARG.  Everyone involved clearly endeavored to make the remote exam process as painless as possible.  As a first responder, I especially appreciate the effort to provide VE sessions at no cost to first responders and those with military service.
    If pressed to come up with criticism, I would have only two minor comments.  First, I still had to do some camera tweaking once in the exam room.  It would have been helpful if ES&S had picked up on the video quality issue before I was sent into the exam room, but I certainly understand how it would be hard to pick up on this with a number of examinees to process through.
    Also, the exam website worked fine, but having used the examtools.org platform for an in-person VE session, I found that one to be a little more user friendly.
    Again, thank you for a pleasant exam experience.

October 2022

CHI TAT L WROTE . . .
Effective, efficiency and smoothly remote examination experience.  Very helpful VE and support team!

DENNIS M WROTE . . .
Everything went great.  I tested for general and extra and aside from my failing the extra exam it went without a hitch  Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.

REED A WROTE . . .
The as possible, and I came out of my exam even more excited about joining the ham community.  VE/VECs were very comfortable with administering exams, and the test experience was predictable and professional – thanks to the group, I had no stress about using an online-administered exam.

CINDY S WROTE . . .
I really appreciated the attention to detail involved in every step of the testing process.  I’d originally thought it would be too complicated to do the exam online, but your process made it pretty simple.  On top of that, everyone I spoke with was friendly, knowledgeable, and encouraging.  Thank you!

EUGENE S WROTE . . .
The folks that got me prepared before the examination on zoom was extremely helpful in getting me ready for the examination.  They were very kind and patient while guiding me through the step with my computer set up.  The Examiners was really great and welcoming.  All of them made me feel comfortable and welcomed. Talking to wonderful people like them helped eased my jitters about taking the test.  Thank you for taking the time to helping others like myself trying to get our license.  It is very much appreciated.  Thanks again.

JOHN C WROTE . . .
I especially remember Brandin’s excellent pre-test speech for the wittiness.  I had issues signing up with hamexamgen.org as they expected payment during registration, so I didn’t know if I was signed on or not until someone called me last week.

SHEUNG L WROTE . . .
Online testing delays may be reduced by asking applicant if novice/familiar/expert at Zoom meetings.  Can then adjust scheduling, applicant/VE mix, etc. for those who’ll need more help and time.

CARSON G WROTE . . .
Awesome job!

HAL C WROTE . . .
Very pleasant experience.

DOUGLAS H WROTE . . .
The entire team was a pleasure to meet with.  Quickly eased the stress of taking a test.  Looking forward to my upgrade with the Aurora team.

KEVIN S WROTE . . .
Well done!  Well organized and it certainly streamlined the process for upgrading my license.  Great and friendly team.  Thank you!

ALEXANDER C WROTE . . .
Amazing, professional, and friendly.

ZENO D WROTE . . .
The group at AARG did not only excellently administer the test and help me obtain my license, they went above in beyond in giving helpful advice to this new ham and provided me with contacts of individuals who could get me started, tools, and much more.  My experience was overwhelmingly positive and the AARG group made the experience something more than enjoyable.

DANIEL A WROTE . . .
Everyone was very friendly and the experience was great.  Thank you so much for doing this!

RON A WROTE . . .
First class operation, thank you.

RENE RB WROTE . . .
You guys were amazing, I immediately felt welcome and was very glad to add another country to your list if people taking exams while deployed in the military!!!!!

MATTHEW T WROTE . . .
The whole process was intuitive and extremely informational from beginning to end.  Multiple emails with clear and detailed instructions.  The examiners during my session were professional, friendly, and enthusiastic about the hobby.  This is definitely a great introduction to my new hobby.

JOHN G WROTE . . .
Thank you for providing such a convenient and collegial testing environment.  Top notch in every way.  I will recommend your club to everyone seeking to test!

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