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*** Page last updated July 24th, 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 two days per week. Our exam schedule is as follows, through November 7th, 2021:
Tuesdays at 3:00pm Alaska Time ==> 7:00pm Eastern Time ==> (2300hrs UTC)
Thursdays at 3:00pm Alaska Time ==> 7:00pm Eastern Time ==> (2300hrs UTC)
If the date is listed in the registration form, we have slots open. If you are coming to us from HamStudy, be clearly advised we list *ALL* of our scheduled sessions there, regardless of availability. Please understand you may receive a call to be rescheduled if the session fills up. Please be somewhat flexible in your schedule.
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 Brave, Chromium, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari web browser installed. Installation links for each are below:
NOTE: 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. ZOOM MUST BE INSTALLED OR UPDATED ON YOUR DEVICES PRIOR TO THE EXAM SESSION! Click HERE to download Zoom. The download page will open in a new tab on your browser.
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 - IN DETAIL
1.) You will begin by registering for an exam session via the link below. It will take you to the registration page on the exam platform we currently use. Make sure AARG is selected as your club and click "Check Dates". You will then select your desired exam date on the next page. If you opt to sit for our next available session, we will contact you within 24 hours with our immediate upcoming availability. Select your date and fill out the amateur radio license application. Be sure to read the instructions on the top of that page!
2.) Upon submitting the registration form, you will see a button that tells you to pay for your exam. The Aurora Amateur Radio Group accepts all major credit and debit cards, along with Google Pay. Payment for your exam slot must be made at least 24 hours prior to your selected date. Failure to make payment will result in immediate cancellation of your application and loss of your exam slot. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you do not show up for your scheduled exam session and fail to reschedule, your fee will be forefited! No exceptions will be given.
3.) To ensure that all examinees have the best overall experience, you will be required to certify that you have met the requirements by completing an electronic certification form. It must be completed at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled exam session. A link to that form is provided in the page after you complete your exam registration and payment. If you certify the requirements have been met and we find that to be inaccurate on exam day, you are at risk of being immediately rescheduled. We strongly advise all applicants to be prepared! Doing so will prevent you from being rescheduled or delayed and also creates a good environment for everyone.
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 deny processing any application without a valid email address!
Make sure you provide a good email address! After we confirm your payment and exam registration, an email will be sent to you with your date and time that was selected in your application. You will also 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.
Please understand that applicants are processed in groups at our exam sessions 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 email to provide an updated time to be joining us on exam day. Please don't forget your correct FRN is required on the application!
Be sure to carefully read the instructions when completing your registation with our exam platform via the link below!