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The Two Rivers ARC Amateur Radio Exam Team conducts exam sessions four (4) times a year at the McKeesport Area High School, South Hall Campus,
1960 Eden Park Boulevard, McKeesport PA. The TRARC Volunteer Examiner Team offers exams to those wanting to obtain a new license, or to upgrade there current license.  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 Boulevard, McKeesport, PA 15132, usually in one of school class rooms. Occasionally there is an exam session held at the TRARC Hamfest/Computer Show, held in the Spring. Walkin candidates are ok for all sessions, up to the maximum size of the exam room. If you wish to take an exam at any of our sessions please contact the VE Exam Coordinator by phone or email before hand at: 412 751 9657, or email to: 'veteam@trarc.net".

2019 / 2020 Testing Schedule:

Sept 10, 2019 (MHS)-Dec 10, 2019 (MHS)-Mar 10, 2020 (MHS)-March 29, 2020 (HAMFEST)-June 9, 2020 (MHS)-Sept 8, 2020 (MHS)

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

* The June 9, 2020 Exam Session has been canceled *

As of this posting on May 19th, there are two scheduled exam sessions in the Pittsburgh area. Both are being scheduled
on May 23, 2020 at different locations. Both will be following federal , state, and local guidelines to limit exposure to the Corona Virus COVID19. For more information please check the websites for:
May 23-Skyviwew Radio Society at its club house located at 2335 Turkey Ridge Road-New Kensington PA- www.skyviewradio.net
May 23-Westmoreland Emergency Amateur Radio Service-Marguerite Fire Hall, 138 Continental Drive Latrobe, PA 15650-www.wc3ps.org

Abbreviations: TBA = To Be Announced --- MHS = McKeesport Area High School --- HAMFEST--TRARC Hamfest/Computer Show

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 into 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

Photos March 10, 2020 Exam Session
Lynn K3MMO - Del W3DTP - Curt WU3U - Eric AB3OO - Mike KV3L
Photos Chuck W3ON