Amateur Radio Licensing

Northwestern Vermont now has two great options available for taking amateur radio exams:

Amateur Radio Licensing Overview:

Northwestern VT ARRL VE Team Franklin County W5YI VE Team
General Information The Northwestern VT ARRL VE Team holds monthly exam sessions. The Franklin County W5YI VE Team specializes in providing amateur radio exam sessions with comfort in mind.
Exam Location St. Albans VFW
353 Lake Street
St Albans City, VT 05478
Custom sessions can be held anywhere in the Franklin County region of Vermont.
Upcoming Exam Sessions Please contact Arn Benjamin to schedule a custom test session.
Exams Offered Technician, General, Amateur Extra Technician, General, Amateur Extra
Exam Fee $15.00 (Set by ARRL) $14.00 (Set by W5YI)
Contact Info
Eric Lessard
(802) 497-9000
Arn Benjamin
(802) 782-6650

In the United States, there are currently three levels of Amateur Radio licensing, all of which no longer require knowing morse code:

Technician License

The Technician license is the current entry-level license into the world of Amateur Radio. Upon successfully passing the Technician exam (Element 2), you are given operating rights on the VHF and UHF bands. This means you are able to use hand-held radios (HT’s) in both simplex (direct) and through Amateur Radio repeaters. Additionally, DXing can also be possible under good tropo conditions. Additionally, limited privileges are also available on the 10m HF band to Technicians. (Source: How does two way radio work?)

General License

The General license is considered the gateway license to the HF bands. Upon successfully passing the General exam (Element 3), you are given operating rights which span all amateur radio bands. This drastically opens up opportunities for long distance, world-wide communications via voice (ssb), data, or cw modes.

Amateur Extra License

The Amateur Extra (Extra) license is the highest level license in Amateur Radio. Upon successfully passing the Extra exam (Element 4), you are given operating rights that span all frequencies on all amateur radio bands. This can help you to find lesser-used frequencies on crowded days.

What to bring to an Exam Session:

  • Identification:
    • Legal photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport is preferred
    • If no photo ID is available, please bring two forms of the following pieces of identification:
      • Non-photo ID or driver’s license
      • Birth Certificate with raised seal
      • Social Security card
      • Library card
      • Utility bill, bank statement or other business-related correspondence that specifically names yourself and current mailing address
      • Students and minors may also use a School ID, report card, or a legal guardian may present their photo ID
    • Your Social Security number is required, unless you already have an FRN with the FCC
    • If you’re upgrading your license, bring a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license. The Testing team will need to keep this copy, so please do not bring your original copy.
  • If you are waiting on a license upgrade, you may bring a copy of your CSCEs from previous exam sessions
  • Miscellaneous Items:
    • Two – #2 Pencils with erasers to perform the test
    • 1 – Pen to fill out paperwork
    • A calculator with its’ memory erased may be used. Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be used.
  • Payment: A check, cash, or money order for $15 to cover exam session fee

Additional Amateur Radio Licensing Resources:

Technician Testing

Exam Preparation books:

Exam Preparation websites:

Mobile apps are also available in the Google Play and iTunes stores.