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Approximately (4) times per year, the TRARC VE Team offers "Volunteer Examination" test sessions to licensed radio amateurs and the general public.  We have testing available for the Technician, General, and Extra Class' amateur radio licenses offered by the Federal Communications Commission.  All examiners are accredited by the ARRL-VEC.  Exams are conducted at the McKeesport Area High School, South Hall Campus,1960 Eden Park Blvd, McKeesport, PA 15132, usually in class room 112. There is also an exam session
held at the TRARC Hamfest/Computer Show, held at 'The Boston Spectrum' in Boston, PA. Walkin candidates are ok, up to the maximum size of the exam room. It is best
to contact the VE Exam Coordinator by phone or email before hand at: 412 751 9657 or 'veteam@trarc.net".

2017 Testing Schedule:
March 14--April 23 (TRARC Hamfest-Boston PA--10am)--June 13--September 12--December 12

Examinations start promptly at 6:30 PM (unless instructed otherwise)

Further Inquiries:
Click on the words email to send an email to the TRARC VE Team, or phone: 412 751 9657.

Exam Testing Session Instructions:

Things that you need to bring with you.

  1. Provide a check, the amount of $15 made payable to the 'ARRL VEC' . Cash is also acceptable. This fee is for one attempt at all three license elements. Those wishing to retake a failed element at an exam session, are required to provide an additional fee to retake an exam. 
  2. Bring 2 forms of identification. At least one should be a picture ID.
  3. Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number and FRN (If you have one)
  4. Bring the original and a copy of your F.C.C. issued amateur radio license if you have one, and any current CSCE (Certificate Of Successful Completion). If you pass any exam we will send the CSCE with the exam paperwork to the 'ARRL VEC' for processing. You will also receive a copy of the CSCE for your records.
    Please note that the CSCE is valid for a one year period from its  issue date.

  5. You can bring your own calculator, but be ready to prove there are no formulas programmed in it.
  6. Bring a pen as well as a pencil.
    Note: Bring a filled out 'NCVEC Quick Form 605'. If you can't obtain a form, we can provide you with one
    at the exam session.
    You should be able to download a form for printing at