FCC Amateur Radio Exams



  • Wed. November 1, 2017, 6:30pm – Public (At the Clay Center, Brookline.)
  • Mon. November 6, 2017, 6:30pm – Public (At the Morse Institute Library, Natick.)
  • Thur. November 30, 2017, 6:30pm – Public (At the Clay Center, Brookline.)
  • Thur. December 7, 2017, 6:30pm – Public (At the Clay Center, Brookline.)
  • Mon. December 11, 2017, 6:30pm – Public (At the Morse Institute Library, Natick.)

The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club holds seasonal exam sessions in the Clay Center under the VE Team of New England Amateur Radio, Inc. (NEAR). Generally, we will offer one at the Clay Center in Brookline at the end of the Fall, Winter, and Spring student training sessions, and occasionally during the summer Sci-Tech Camp.  We try to offer one on alternate months at the Morse Institute Library in Natick. They are usually held on a weekday evening at 6:30 pm Eastern Time. (Doors open at 6:00.)

PARENTS: Download a concise After School HAM RADIO FAQ for Parents discussing exams, how your child may participate, the benefits and opportunities, and links to other resources. A “must read” for parents who have children who want to get their HAM radio license.

BONUS: Children under 18 may apply for a waiver of the $15 exam fee through generous funding sources. Anyone who passes the exam at the Clay Center may request a pass to join the MMRA (Minuteman Radio Club) free for the first year.  All children and their parents are welcome to join the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club for free.


  1. A legal photo ID such as driver’s license or passport.
  2. When no photo ID is available, two forms of ID must be presented:
    • birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
    • social security card
    • library card
    • bank statement, utility bill, or other business correspondence that specifically names the person
  3. Students may bring any of the above items and/or a school ID, report card, or a legal guardian may present a photo ID.  (Note: it is not recommended that young children handle original documents. Parents please call ahead to discuss the best way to verify ID for children.)
  4. Bring your Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC-issued Federal Registration Number (FRN).  Examiners are required by the FCC to submit either your SSN or FRN number with your license application form.
    If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you have an FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the application. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive an FRN, visit the FCC’s FAQ page and the FCC’s registration instructions page.
  5. If you are already licensed and are upgrading, you must bring the original and a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license and any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions.  The photocopy will not be returned.
  6. Bring two pencils with erasers and a pen.
  7. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed.  You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session.  Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they’re free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phone’s calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.
  8. Bring a check or cash to cover the exam fee(s).  Normally the exam fee is about $15 for one attempt at all three license elements.  However, if a candidate does not pass a test and wants to re-test for the same element, an additional fee will be required.

DIRECTIONS: To the Clay Center at Dexter Southfield, 20 Newton St., Brookline.  To the Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick.

PRACTICE SITES:  If you would like to practice the test on-line before taking the real one, visit this page of resources.

CONTACT:  For more information, or to reserve a place at the exam, contact Bob Phinney, at 617-751-3618 or email bphinney at dextersouthfield.org.


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