WB9ZPH ARRL Volunteer Examiner team - Garland Texas area

Are you looking for a local amateur radio testing team to get a new or upgraded ham radio license?  Walk-ins are welcome at any of our sessions.  We are part of the ARRL VEC and offer exams at least monthly.  However, if you can let us that you plan to attend, we can better plan for the number of attendees at a session.  To notify us that you'll be attending or if you have any further questions, contact Janet Crenshaw, WB9ZPH via email at wb9zph@gmail.com or use (972) 302-9992 for voice or text messages.

Also,  if you're looking for help in preparing for your exam, we've gathered some information on local classes or self-study materials for you.

You should have your FCC Registration number (FRN) BEFORE you take the exam. If you already have a license, your FRN is printed ON YOUR LICENSE. If you do not have a license, go to http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.htm?job=hometo get your FRN. Click on 'Register'. At this point, you will also set up a password so you can log on later. Write them down and BRING YOUR FRN TO THE EXAM SESSION.

Note that if you forget or don't know this ahead of time, we will have some internet access so you can register to get an FRN at the exam session.  But having your FRN when you arrive for an exam will reduce the time required before we can start the exams.

Upcoming scheduled exams in  2017

Exams are normally the 4th Thursday of each month unless otherwise indicated:  Remember to register for an FRN before your exam session. See instructions here.

2017
  • June 22. FYI, the water fountain at our testing site is out of order.  You may want to bring a bottle of water for your use during the exam.
  • July 27
  • Aug 24
  • Sept 28
  • Oct 26
  • Nov -- no testing session in November
  • Dec 14 -- note that this is NOT the 4th Thursday due to holiday activities at our testing site.

Here's a list of what to bring with you....

Our normal testing location

Unless otherwise indicated, Garland area ARRL VE test sessions are held at the Freeman Heights Baptist Church (1120 N. Garland),  The doors normally open at 7pm and testing sessions start promptly at 7:30 p.m.


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Other exam locations





You can search the ARRL exam database for exams given by other teams. But in the dallas area, the best resource for local exams is http://www.dfwlist.org.

After your exam
Have you taken your exam and want to see if you've been assigned a call sign yet?  Or do you want to print a copy of your license?  Go to the FCC ULS here: http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.htm?job=home  Log into 'online filing' and you can see the status of your application or print your license.

Are you interested in getting a vanity call sigh?  The ARRL has some good information here: http://www.arrl.org/vanity-call-signs.   It's easy, and there's no charge by the FCC to get a vanity call.

Do you want your amateur radio call sign on your car license plates.  Go to TxDMV.GOV and click on 'order'.

Need to renew, change an address, etc:  You can also get information on making license changes (such as your name or address) at http://www.arrl.org/Call-Sign-Renewals-or-Changes.  It's also quite easy (and free) to renew your license directly with the FCC at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls.  Here's some easy to read instructions to renew or make license changes for free at http://blog.hamstudy.org/2015/01/renewing-or-updating-your-license-online-for-free/

Do you want to join our VE team?

In the Garland, Texas, area, we have a very active ARRL Volunteer Examiner team that serves Garland and surrounding areas east of Dallas.  FYI: we are not affiliated with the Garland Amateur Radio Club and you do not have to live in Garland or join a specific club to be part of our team.   If you are interested becoming a Volunteer Examiner, you only need a General class license or higher to be a VE.  However, being a VE is a great reason to upgrade to Amateur Extra.
  • This page on the ARRL site allows you to download the current VE manual or read it online, and has information on how to get your ARRL VE credentials.  Once you pass the review and have your ARRL VE credentials, you are very welcome to help out with our team.

  • Contact Janet Crenshaw, WB9ZPH or via telephone at (972) 302-9992 for additional information.