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?     To notify us that you want an exam 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.

Update as of August 5, 2020: 

We offer both weekly online testing sessions via Zoom and monthly in-person sessions in Garland, Texas.  Because the requirements are different (although the test is the same), I’m listing the information on two different pages.  
  • In-person sessions:  If you’re looking for information on going to a test site and taking the test(s) by sitting down with others, all the information is on this page.  Note that masks and social distancing will be required for the foreseeable future.
  • Online test sessions:  If you want to take the exam from your home via Zoom, check out this page for pre-reqs and technical information.
Note: The dates of ALL test sessions we offer can be seen at:  http://hamstudy.org/sessions/WB9ZPH

Also, if you're looking for help in preparing for your exam, we've gathered some information on self-study materials including practice exams here for you.

Exams offered by other VE teams:

If one of our session don't fit your schedule, you can search the ARRL exam database for exams given by other teams.

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 'Filing', then 'File Online' 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'.
  • You can also quite easily (and free) renew your license directly with the FCC at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls.

Do you want to join our VE team?

We have a very active ARRL Volunteer Examiner team that serves Garland and other areas east of Dallas.  FYI: we are not run by any Amateur Radio Club and you do not have 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. 

And if you’re already a General or Advanced class VE, upgrading to Extra is easy via a free online course at http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/free-extra-course-for-active-volunteer-examiners.htm.
  • 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.
  • OR contact Janet Crenshaw, WB9ZPH or via telephone at (972) 302-9992 for additional information. I have VE packets with applications, a current VE manual I can lend out, and all the material you need to get your ARRL VE credentials.  There is no cost to you to become an ARRL VE.

** This page last updated by WB9ZPH on 6/28/2020..  Please send any corrections to wb9zph@gmail.com.