The Silverado Amateur Radio Society

We are an ARRL VEC club


License training has been postponed until further notice.


VE testing for all class of Amateur Licenses will be conducted  at the Napa Valley Memorial Park, 2383 Napa Vallejo Highway, (Just south of the Kennedy Golf Course).

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Seating times for the testing will be 6:00 PM, on odd months. (1,3,5,7,9,11) The regular meeting of the Silverado Amateur Radio Society will follow the test session at the same location.

To reserve a seat contact Rich Rau, KO6FR by email  at KO6FR1@JUNO.COM. Please use the “contact us” tab above. Rich is the ARRL/VEC coordinator.

What to bring

The following items are required:

A legal photo ID. This is usually a drivers license, but it can be a passport or other legal identification card with the candidate’s photo on it.

When no photo ID is available, the candidate must present TWO of the following items:

  • Non-photo drivers license
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate (must have the official seal)
  • Minor’s work permit or school report card
  • Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person; or
  • Postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form 605.

Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) The FCC requires a TIN from each person doing business with them.  This is usually an individual’s Social Security Number. Once the License application is accepted the candidate will be issued a ULS number which will then be used for any future correspondence with the FCC.

Test Fee. This is presently $15.00.  This fee can be paid in cash or check. When using a personal check please make it out to ARRL/VEC.  One fee will cover a single application regardless of the number of elements taken.

Element Credit. If an applicant is upgrading, proof of license will be required.  Bring your original license and a copy to be included with your application. If the applicant holds a valid CSCE from a previous test session, bring that as well.

The following items are optional, but recommended

Pens pencils and scratch paper. Although we usually have pencils and scratch paper available, it is appreciated if the candidates bring their own. Any scratch paper marked on during a test must be included with the application.

Calculators may be used but not personal computers. Programmable calculators may be used but must have the memory cleared prior to the test.


You may want to take some practice tests for the element(s) you wish to take prior to the test session.   Copies of the question pools are available on line at several Ham Radio oriented web sites including the ARRL Amateur Radio Relay League .

Other sites where sample tests may be found are:  QRZ or  EHAM


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