Aurora ARG Fully Remote Testing
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*** Page last updated April 11th, 2021 ***
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The Aurora Amateur Radio Group is offering applicants a chance to take their amateur radio license examination remotely, without the need of a proctor through a partnership with the ARRL VEC.
We hold regular sessions six days per week. To view our schedule, please see the PDF document HERE. Please check our registration form via the link below for availability. If the date is listed in the registration form, we have slots open. If you don't see a date listed, we are full and no longer accepting applications for that session.
To be eligible for a fully remote examination, applicants must meet the following requirements:
a.) A reliable internet connection, suitable to adequately run two video feeds and one audio feed.
b.) One desktop or laptop computer with the Chromium, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser installed. Due to lack of full compatibility with our web platform, we will not permit the use of any other web browsers. You will also want to make sure any browser addons or extensions are completely disabled prior to exam day to ensure no problems occur.
c.) A web camera that allows us to view the Examinee's head, face, and shoulders clearly, to be seen at all times during the examination. This same computer must have a microphone that allows the VE team to hear all sounds within the testing environment. We do not permit the use of a tablet, iPad or smartphone for taking the examination. No exceptions. Below is an example of the view we need from the applicant's primary camera:
d.) Another computer with a web camera, a smart phone or tablet with a web camera. This secondary camera must be positioned in such a way to allow the VE team to see the examinee's hands, workspace, work on scratch paper, and/or calculator, and the computer monitor that is being used to display the examination. Examinees are prohibited from using two cameras connected to the same desktop or laptop computer. The two camera feeds must be on separate devices. Below is an example of the view we need from the applicant's secondary camera:
e.) A current installation of Zoom. You do not need to have an account with Zoom for the exam. We will not accept other video conferencing applications. You can download Zoom for your specific operating system by clicking HERE. Page will open in a new tab. ZOOM MUST BE INSTALLED ON YOUR DEVICES PRIOR TO THE EXAM SESSION!
f.) A quiet room to complete the exam, free from distractions or interruptions. The Examinee MUST be the only person in the room during the exam. No one is permitted to enter the room while the examination is in progress.
Note: If you are unable to setup two cameras, or lack sufficient bandwidth to support two video feeds plus an audio source over Zoom, we do have a second option that requires the use of one camera. Please click HERE to learn more.
For an extensive overview on what to expect on exam day, please click HERE. For information on acceptable photo identification at the exam session, please click HERE.
COST TO TAKE YOUR EXAM
The cost for a remote examination session being sponsored through the Aurora Amateur Radio Group is currently $15.00.
APPLICATION PROCESS OVERVIEW
You will begin by clicking the button below. It will take you to our payment processing portal to collect the $15.00 exam fee. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you do not show up for your scheduled exam session after rescheduling more than once, a new application and fee will need to be submitted! No exceptions will be given. Applicants needing to reschedule their exam *MUST* notify us via email within 48 hours to reschedule. If you are active duty military, national guard (or reserves), active duty law enforcement or a first responder, the 48 hour requirement is waived. We will ask for your credentials before rescheduling. The Aurora Amateur Radio Group accepts all major credit and debit cards, along with PayPal.
Upon receiving your payment, you will be automatically directed to our exam registration page. A Federal Registration Number, or FRN from the FCC is required on exam day. We can not accept a Social Security Number for new or existing licenses. If you do not have a FRN, please click HERE to fill out the application. It will open in a new tab. Make sure you write it down, as it's required on exam day! You will also be required to provide a valid email address. The FCC no longer issues printed copies of licenses and will soon deny processing any application without a valid email address!
Upon submitting the remote exam application, one of our Volunteer Examiners will be in contact with you within 24 hours to make sure any and all of your questions are answered. After we get you on our exam roster, a Google calendar invite will be sent via email with the date and time you selected to take your exam. You will receive an email within 24 hours (or earlier) prior to the exam session containing important information regarding the time you will be receiving a link to join us via Zoom. We will also contact you by telephone again on exam day to make sure your questions are answered and give a general overview of what to expect at the exam session.
Please understand that applicants are processed in groups and a minor delay may be experienced in getting to you on exam day. We strive to provide approximate exam times to make sure no false expectations arise. Should there be a delay exceeding 15 minutes past your scheduled exam time, we will contact you via telephone and/or email to provide an updated time to be joining us on exam day. Please don't forget your FRN is required on the application!