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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 that session, 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 20, 2020 (HAMFEST)-June 9, 2020 (MHS)-Sept 8, 2020 (MHS)

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

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
  7. All Applicants please read the below ARRL Bulletin regarding the newly Revised NCVEC Form 605
    ARLB016 Revised NCVEC Form 605 Must Be Used at Exam Sessions starting on August 21, 2017
    With a revised FCC Form 605 - Quick-Form Application for authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and
    Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services - soon going into effect, the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner
    Coordinators (NCVEC) has updated its unofficial NCVEC Form 605 that's used at volunteer examination sessions. The revised NCVEC
    Form 605 must be used at exam sessions starting on August 21. Both the new FCC and NCVEC forms ask applicants if they have been
    convicted of a felony in any state or federal court. This conforms with FCC requirements to evaluate an applicant's qualifications to hold any FCC-issued license. The FCC has been asking "the felony question" on other forms, and its omission on Form 605 was an apparent oversight.
    An applicant's response and explanation to the felony question - now included on NCVEC Form 605 - will be used to determine eligibility to be a Commission licensee. If the answer to the felony question is "yes," the applicant must submit to FCC - separately from NCVEC Form 605 - a statement (the FCC calls it an "exhibit") explaining the circumstances. Such applications will be held for a basic qualification review, something the FCC already does for other licensed radio services. The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has said that an affirmative answer to the felony question does not mean that an application will be denied automatically.
    An applicant's answer to the felony question and their exhibit will be publically viewable via the Universal Licensing System (ULS). The applicant can request that all or part of the exhibit be kept confidential, and it will not be visible to the public.
    VECs will not handle exhibits and confidentiality requests; these must be filed with the FCC by the applicant.
    Applicants must answer the felony question only when filing NCVEC Form 605 or FCC Form 605 for a New, Amendment, Modification (upgrade or call sign change), or Renewal/Modification (changes at renewal time). The question does not have to be answered if the applicant is filing a renewal or an administrative update (change of address, name, e-mail address, etc).
    New NCVEC 605 Forms and an Applicant information sheet for use at ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator exam sessions starting on August 21 have been published. VEC teams should discard all existing versions of the NCVEC Form 605; they no longer will be valid and cannot be used going forward.
    The FCC has indicated that all VECs must begin submitting this additional data starting on September 7. NCVEC decided to make
    August 21 the effective date to accommodate mail schedules and the Labor Day holiday.
    NCVEC Form 605 has not been revised since the Commission restructured Amateur Radio license classes 17 years ago.