Atlanta Area Amateur Radio
VEC Exam Locations
 

Last Updated: December 9, 2013

All listed sessions occur EACH month UNLESS otherwise noted or may conflict with a major hamfest or holiday. All sessions are walk-in unless otherwise noted. 

Morse code exams now history as new ham radio rules go into effect
click to read ARRL Newsletter article
The ARRL Letter posted: February 23, 2007

 

Ham Exam Info

Exam Schedule | General Information

Corrections:  VEC-corrections@gajobs.com



Valid IDs For Kids

The ARRL VEC manual states the following:

"When no photo ID is available, the candidate must present any two of the following items:

  • Non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them);
  • Social Security Card (as FCC now requires each applicant to supply a taxpayer ID number)
  • Birth certificate (must have the appropriate 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."

Even a video game magazine or Boy Scout Boy's Life magazine addressed the the child will serve as one of the two required IDs.  Even a school year book can provide photo proof of the child being tested.  Even school report cards can be used. Anything else of a similar nature that demonstrates child's identity and residence.  By being accompanied by his or her parent does not satisfy the rule.


FCC News:

As of December 3, 2001, all current amateur radio license holders must provide their FRN number when applying for a license upgrade or change of address. 

The FCC may have already assigned you a FRN number.  A quick way to check is to view your license info on http://www.qrz.com/.  Just enter your callsign and click 'detail info'.  If you have a FRN number, it will be displayed.  If you do not see that you have a FRN number assigned to you, you must register with the FCC  web site at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/ to obtain your new FRN number.  

10/23/2001 (from FCC Web Site)
PUBLIC NOTICE (DA 01-2452)

WTB Reminds ULS and ASR users that FCC Registration Number (FRN) will be required for all filers effective December 3, 2001
As a result of the implementation of the FRN, several important changes will occur for filers of ULS and ASR. This Public Notice is intended to provide guidance to our users about the ensuing changes. (pdf format - text format)

http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/ brings you to the Universal License System (ULS).  Select License Search and enter your call sign.  A resulting web page will provide you with your FRN Number.  Bring your FRN number to the VEC testing session for it is now required on the Form 605.  The VEC cannot process your application without your FRN number.

12/15/2006 (from FCC Web Site)
FCC News Release: December 15, 2006

FCC MODIFIES AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE RULES, ELIMINATING MORSE CODE EXAM REQUIREMENTS AND ADDRESSING ARRL PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION (more)



EXAMINATION SCHEDULE





1st Wednesday 7:30 p.m. EVERY MONTH  <updated 05/07/2008>
     2012 - Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 7, Apr 2, May 2, Jun 6, Jul 4, Aug 1, Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov  7, Dec 5
    • Primary area served:  Northwest Atlanta,  GA area
    • Location:  
      • Roberts School
      • 4681 School Street
      • Acworth, GA  30101
      • Exam fee is $14.00 for 2008. 
    • Contact: Jodi Escher AG4BK - 770-387-1591, ag4bk@juno.com
    • Directions: From Atlanta: Take I-75 North to exit 278 (Glade Road). Go West, toward downtown Acworth. Go straight through traffic lights. Road becomes Cherokee St.  Keep going straight to the end of the road.  Turn RIGHT onto Northside Drive. Go 1 block and turn RIGHT onto School Street.  Exams are held in small red brick school building on the left just past the church.
    • VEC: ARRL VEC  
        

  • 1st Sundays 2:00 p.m. EVEN MONTHS ONLY <updated 01/14/2013>
         (Even months: Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct & Dec)

         2013 - Feb 2, Apr 6, Jun 1, Aug 3, Oct 5, Dec 7

    • Primary area served: Gainesville - Lake Lanier - NE Metro
    • Location:
      • Hall County EOC
      • 470 Crescent Drive
      • Gainesville, GA   30501
    • Contact: Perry Roper, KO4RD - 770-536-3056 Cell 770-718-7696
    • Directions: From I-985 at exit 24 on Jesse Jewel go toward Gainesville. Turn at first right on to Crescent Drive just pass Detention Center sign. Go past Detention Center and take 1st right, park in front parking lot. 
    • VEC: Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society/VEC (WCARS/VEC)
    • NOTE: Exams are also conducted, at same location, the Second Monday of every month at 7:00 PM.
        

1st Mondays 7:30 p.m. EVEN MONTHS ONLY <updated 03/16/2009>
     (Even months: Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct & Dec)

     2012 - Feb 6, Apr 2, Jun 4, Aug 6, Oct 1, Dec 3

    • Primary area served: Athens, GA area
    • Location:
      • Club Shack located behind
      • 2152 West Broadway
      • Athens, GA
      • Exam fee is $14.00 for 2008. 
    • Contact: Edwin Fuqua N4VHA - 706-354-1727, n4vha@arrl.net 
    • Directions: Talk in on 146.745, or call or email for specific directions
    • VEC: ARRL VEC
       

1st Thursdays 6:30 p.m. EVEN MONTHS ONLY <updated 03/16/2009>
     (Even months: Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct & Dec)

      2012 -  Feb 2, Apr 5, Jun 7, Aug 2, Oct 4, Dec 6

    • Primary area served: Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Atlanta, GA areas
    • Location:
      • Peachtree City Recreating Department - Recreation Administration Building
      • 191 Mcintosh Trail
      • Peachtree City, GA  30269
      • Exam fee is $14.00 for 2008. 
    • Contact: David Benoist AG4ZR - 770-304-8866, ag4zr@arrl.net  
    • Directions:  
      Once You Arrive at the Recreation Dept. Complex:
      Test location is the Recreation Administration Building located in the Fredrick Brown Recreation Administration Gathering Place. There are several buildings in this area situated around a parking area and is actually a public park complex. The Administration Building is a white stucco building located toward the back of the parking lot area. The sign in front of this building is marked "Recreation Administration".

      To Get to Peachtree City Recreation Department:

      From I-85 S:
      Take Exit 61 and head south on Hwy 74 for approximately 10 miles; at the intersection of Hwy 74 and Hwy 54 continue on through the intersection South through one traffic lights. At the second traffic light (1.2 miles) take a left on Kelly Drive. Drive 0.4 miles to the right-turn entrance of the Recreation Department complex. Kelly Drive turns into Mcintosh Trail at the bridge and the entrance is the second right-hand entrance after the bridge. The entrance is directly across from the intersection of Mcintosh Trail and Fishers Luck street.

      From Newnan:
      Take Hwy 54 eastbound into Peachtree City. At the intersection of Hwy 74 and Hwy 54 turn right on to Hwy 74 (South) and drive 1.2 miles through one more traffic light. At the second traffic light take a left on Kelly Drive. Drive 0.4 miles to the right-turn entrance of the Recreation Department complex. Kelly Drive turns into Mcintosh Trail at the bridge and the entrance is the second right-hand entrance after the bridge. The entrance is directly across from the intersection of Mcintosh Trail and Fishers Luck street.

      From Fayetteville:
      Take Hwy 54 west into Peachtree city. At the intersection of Hwy 54 and Peachtree Parkway turn left on to Peachtree Parkway (There is a McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, and a Wachovia bank on the right just before this intersection). Go 1.5 miles on Peachtree Parkway to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Mcintosh Trail. Turn right on Mcintosh Trail and go 0.4 miles to the Recreation Department entrance. Turn left into the entrance which is at the intersection of McIntosh Trail and Fishers Luck street. Huttleston Elementary School appears on the right about 0.1 miles just before the left entrance to the Recreation Department.

      Examinees should arrive at least 30 minutes early to complete paperwork.

    • VEC: ARRL VEC
       

1st Saturdays 9:14 a.m. EVEN MONTHS ONLY <updated 03/16/2009>
     (Even months: Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct & Dec)

       2012 -  Feb 5, Apr 1, Jun 3, Aug 5, Oct 7, Dec 2

    • Primary area served: South Atlanta and Clayton County, GA
    • Location:
      • Eagle Landing First Baptist Church
      • 2400 Hwy 42 North
      • McDonough, GA  30253
      • Exam fee is $14.00 for 2008. 
    • Contact: Butch Nitz, AF4FS - 678-432-0143(home), 770-356-4604(cell), nitzm@bellsouth.net   
    • Directions: Take I-75 to the Eagles Landing Parkway exit.  Go East until you get to Highway 42. Turn right and you will see the church on the left approximately in one mile.  Go to the far-end of the church and use the side entrance. We will have signs and someone to get you from the door to the room we will use for testing. We will monitor the Jonesboro repeater 145.170 (-) and the 443.225 machine for those that need extra help getting to the test site. Enlarged copies of exams are available for visually impaired applicants with prior notification to AF4FS.
    • VEC: Central America VEC (CAVEC)
       

2nd Saturdays 8:30 a.m. ODD MONTHS ONLY <updated 03/16/2009>
     (Odd months: Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep & No
v)
       2012 - Jan 8, Mar 11, May 13, Jul 8, Sep 9, Nov 11

    • Primary area served: East Atlanta, GA
    • Location:
      • Stone Mountain United Methodist Church
      • 5312 West Mountain Street
      • Stone Mountain, GA
      • Exam fee is $14.00 for 2008. 
    • Contact: Bob Varone W4ETN - 770-978-3179, bvarone@juno.com
    • Directions: From I-285 go east on U.S. 78 (Stone Mountain Freeway) to the 3rd exit, (GA 10 / Memorial Drive / Stone Mountain Business District), exit right. Go to the 2nd traffic light and turn left onto West Mountain Street, which will take you behind a motel at the intersection. Continue on West Mountain Street past the Post Office, up a hill, and cross Ridge Avenue at a stop sign. The church is immediately on your left. Enter the education building in the right hand side of the "L" from the parking lot.
    • VEC: ARRL VEC
       

2nd Saturdays 9:00 a.m. ODD MONTHS ONLY <updated 03/16/2009>
     (Odd months: Jan, Mar, May,
Jul, Sep & Nov)

       2012 - Jan 8, Mar 11, May 13, Jul 8, Sep 9, Nov 11
    • Primary area served: Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Atlanta, GA areas
    • Location:
      • Peachtree City Recreation Department - Recreation Administration Building
      • 191 Mcintosh Trail
      • Peachtree City, GA 30269
      • Exam fee is $14.00 for 2008. 
    • Contact: David Benoist AG4ZR - 770-304-8866, ag4zr@arrl.net  
    • Directions:  
      Once You Arrive at the Recreation Dept. Complex:
      Test location is the Recreation Administration Building located in the Fredrick Brown Recreation Administration Gathering Place. There are several buildings in this area situated around a parking area and is actually a public park complex. The Administration Building is a white stucco building located toward the back of the parking lot area. The sign in front of this building is marked "Recreation Administration".

      To Get to Peachtree City Recreation Department:

      From I-85 S:
      Take Exit 61 and head south on Hwy 74 for approximately 10 miles; at the intersection of Hwy 74 and Hwy 54 continue on through the intersection South through one traffic lights. At the second traffic light (1.2 miles) take a left on Kelly Drive. Drive 0.4 miles to the right-turn entrance of the Recreation Department complex. Kelly Drive turns into Mcintosh Trail at the bridge and the entrance is the second right-hand entrance after the bridge. The entrance is directly across from the intersection of Mcintosh Trail and Fishers Luck street.

      From Newnan:
      Take Hwy 54 eastbound into Peachtree City. At the intersection of Hwy 74 and Hwy 54 turn right on to Hwy 74 (South) and drive 1.2 miles through one more traffic light. At the second traffic light take a left on Kelly Drive. Drive 0.4 miles to the right-turn entrance of the Recreation Department complex. Kelly Drive turns into Mcintosh Trail at the bridge and the entrance is the second right-hand entrance after the bridge. The entrance is directly across from the intersection of Mcintosh Trail and Fishers Luck street.

      From Fayetteville:
      Take Hwy 54 west into Peachtree city. At the intersection of Hwy 54 and Peachtree Parkway turn left on to Peachtree Parkway (There is a McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, and a Wachovia bank on the right just before this intersection). Go 1.5 miles on Peachtree Parkway to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Mcintosh Trail. Turn right on Mcintosh Trail and go 0.4 miles to the Recreation Department entrance. Turn left into the entrance which is at the intersection of McIntosh Trail and Fishers Luck street. Huttleston Elementary School appears on the right about 0.1 miles just before the left entrance to the Recreation Department.

      Examinees should arrive at least 30 minutes early to complete paperwork.

    • VEC: ARRL VEC

  •  

    2nd Sunday 2:00- 4:00 p.m. EVERY MONTH <updated 01/23/2013>
         201
    3 - Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11, Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov  10, Dec 8

     

    • Primary areas served: East Atlanta and Gwinnett County, GA
    • Location:
      • Gwinnett County Fire Station #5
      • 3001 Old Norcross Road
      • Duluth, GA 30096
    • Contact: Sid Weaver, N4NQ - 770-995-7247, exams@gars.org   
      • Bring original license and copy
      • Minors must have 2 forms of ID and SS number   
      • All credits for prior elements passed must be
      • originals and copies of same. 
      • Exam fee is $14.00 for 2013. 
      • Walk-ins welcome
    • VEC: W5YI VEC

     


3rd Saturdays 9:00 a.m. EVERY MONTH <updated 03/10/2012>
 
    2012 - Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 21, Aug 16, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov  17, Dec 15

Due to 2012 Marietta Hamfest, held on the same day, CAVEC will be testing at the Marietta (KARC) Hamfest site at Jim Miller Park.  Testing will begin at 12:00 PM (Saturday 3/17/2012).  There will no testing session held at the church on Saturday (3/17/2012). See you at the hamfest.

    • Exams Offered: All Elements
    • Primary area served: North and Northwest Atlanta and Cobb County, GA
    • Location:
      • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
      • Room 107
      • 95 Holt Road NE
      • Marietta, GA  30068-3684
      • Exam fee is $14.00 for 2011. 
    • Contacts: David Still WB4RRD - 770-565-8723 (home), 404-630-1540 (cell), wb4rrd@gmail.com
    • Directions: Traveling North on I-75, take Southern Poly Technical University (exit 263) , which is third exit north of I-285. Go east on South Loop (120 Loop - South Marietta Blvd), travel 1 mile to second traffic light (Lower Roswell Road). Turn right on Lower Roswell Road and travel 1.3 miles taking left on Holt Road.  Church is on the left.
    • Note: Parking lot on left of church.  Enter through double doors and turn left to end of hall to room 107. 
    • VEC: Central America VEC (CAVEC)
       

3rd Saturdays 3:00 p.m. (except December) <updated 03/14/2010>
     2012 - Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 21, Aug 16, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov  17

    • Exams Offered: All Elements
    • Primary area served: Metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia
    • Location: 
      • Auburn City Hall Council Room (Next to Police Station)
      • 1369 Fourth Ave
      • Auburn, GA   30011
    • Contact: Steven Donellan, N5SMD 404-520-0368, n5smd@att.net
    • Directions: From Hwy 316 turn on Hwy 29/8 toward Winder.  Proceed through the town of Dacula and continue for another few miles until you reach the town of Auburn.  Turn left at the first light and take the next right at train caboose.  Proceed down Fourth Ave until you reach the Council Room and Police Station.  Click for a map and current additional information. 
    • VEC: W5YI-VEC 

4th Sunday 2:30 p.m. EVERY MONTH <updated 09/26/2004>
     2012 - Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27, Jun 24, Jul 22, Aug 26, Sep 23, Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 23
    • Primary areas served: Central Atlanta, GA
    • Website: Visit http://cyberbuzz.gatech.edu/w4aql/test.html for more information and to sign up for a mailing list. No pre-registration is required. Testing sessions are held in the Van Leer Electrical Engineering building room W218. 
    • Location:
      • Georgia Tech - Van Leer Electrical Engineering building, room W218
      • 350 Ferst Drive, NW
      • Atlanta, GA 30332-0458
    • Contact: David Ziskind KE4QLH - 404-894-2936, w4aql-ve@cyberbuz.gatech.edu 
    • Directions:  
      From South Atlanta: 
      • I-85N to exit #250 (10th/14th/17th St).
      • Take a left on 10th St.
      • Take a left on Atlantic Dr.
      • Continue on Atlantic, cross over Ferst Drive at a light, and continue over several speed humps.  When you reach a stop sign at Fourth St, take a left, and immediately left again into a parking lot.  Van Leer is on your left as you enter the lot (you passed it on the left on your way down Atlantic).
      From North Atlanta: 
      • I-85S to exit #249 C(?) - North Avenue
      • Take a right on North Avenue
      • Take your first right at the light onto Techwood Drive / Centennial Olympic Pkwy
      • After the first light (Bobby Dodd), take your next left (no light) onto Fourth St.
      • Continue on Fourth St. until just before a stop sign (Atlantic Dr).  Take a right into the parking lot. Van Leer is on your left as you enter the lot.
    • VEC: ARRL VEC

Exam Schedule | General Information


GENERAL EXAM INFORMATION 

The administrative procedures of most exam sessions are very similar to each other. The following information should be applicable to all exam sessions in this listing. However, it is advisable to check with the session coordinator to be sure you have everything you need BEFORE you show up.

All the sessions are walk-in, i.e., there is no pre-registration required.

  • Starting December 3, 2001, all current amateur radio license holders must provide a FRN number when applying for a license upgrade or change of address. 
     
  • Please bring identification that includes a picture of the applicant on the ID - drivers licenses are quite satisfactory. Parents should provide some form of identification for non-driving minors. Other forms of acceptable ID include passports, picture library cards, etc. Note: Some VECs require two (2) forms of identification.
     
  • Bring both originals and copies of any current amateur license and any certificates showing credit from a previous exam that you need to have counted toward a possible new license or upgrade.
     
  • Calculators are allowed, but you must be able to show the examiner team that the memories of any programmable calculators have been cleared before the exam starts.
     
  • All needed forms will be supplied by the exam teams - it will not be necessary to bring an FCC form 605. Pencils and scratch paper are provided at several of the sessions, but you should probably have one pen or pencil of your own.
     
  • An examination fee will be charged at each session. This fee is for the entire session and not an individual element. 2007 testing fee is $14 depending on VEC.
     
  • You should arrive at the exam site at least 15 minutes before the exam is scheduled to start to begin paperwork processing. No one will be admitted while a code exam is being given and a code exam, once given, will usually not be repeated that day, even if you are late.
     
  • Please keep in mind that the exam team members are all volunteers and are donating their time to help you obtain your license. They make every effort to be professional and efficient in the exam process, but they ARE volunteers. We are blessed with more frequent test sessions here in Atlanta than probably anywhere else in the country, so a lot of folks are putting in their time. We enjoy doing it or we'd simply quit, but an occasional "thanks" makes it that much more enjoyable.

Exam Schedule | General Information

Corrections:  VEC-corrections@gajobs.com