VE Testing

COVID-19 restrictions apply until further notice.

Our VE team leader has informed us that there will not be any VE sessions for the remainder of 2020 at the SVARC club house. Further details of plans going forward into 2021 have yet to be provided. The ARRL link for finding a VE session is reporting incorrectly that we will have sessions in 2020.

Otherwise, use the ARRL search tool (, but be sure to confirm with the contact information any organization listed there to verify that they are actually holding VE sessions.

One organization that is offering online testing is the Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group (GLAARG) VEC, with details available at


The schedule below has been suspended until further notice.

Joint Venture with the Northern Shenandoah DX Association

The VE team is comprised of members associated with the club, but the team is officially a function of the North Shenandoah DX Association. SVARC contributes the location resources where test sessions can be held. So, VE (ARRL VEC) test sessions are held at the SVARC Clubhouse. Typically, there are 10 sessions scheduled every year, generally held at 1 PM (Eastern Time) on the second Sunday of the month, with the following exceptions:

  • May – No VE session is held in May as it coincides with the Mother’s Day holiday
  • August – No VE session is held at the SVARC clubhouse, as there is a VE session held in conjunction with the SVARC Berryville Hamfest (held the first Sunday in August annually).
  • When our date for June conflicts with the Ol’ Virginia Hams (W4OVH) Hamfest in Manassas as the Prince William County Fairgrounds, we usually switch to the first Sunday in June.


DISCLAIMER – Inclement weather can cause last-minute cancellation of a VE session. If there is any question with regard to whether a VE session will be held or not, please contact Alan Moeck (WA2RPX) – his callsign at arrl dot net.

While walk-ins are certainly welcome, it is best to contact Alan and confirm status with him the session that you are planning to attend.

Other Sessions

If you’re not sure whether we are having a session, or if there’s a better day or time for you, please check out the ARRL’s VE Session Finder tool at Or contact SVARC’s VE Coordinator John Kanode, N4MM (Email him)

Preparing For The Exam

Practice tests are available at several websites such as the ones below:

What To Bring To an Exam Session

The ARRL Web Site is a great resource for this information, so we’ll share the link to their information to answer this – If you happen to forget pencils, pens, forms, an ‘allowed’ calculator, etc., never fear, we keep these things around to help candidates succeed. Please make sure you meet the identification requirements and bring funds to cover the fee. Cash, checks, or money orders in the amount of $15 USD (as of 2017. Checks and money orders made payable to ARRL VEC.) for each examinee’s session. Candidates not successfully passing an attempted element may be able to take a second exam for the same element, but we are required to charge an additional test fee in such cases.

For your convenience, the interactive NCVEC QUICK-FORM 605 is available for download and printing in case you wish to fill out that paperwork ahead of time.

NOTE: If you do not currently have an FCC-assigned Federal Registration Number (FRN), a social security number is required by the FCC on the application for processing. More information about the FRN can be found at

Want To Become a VE (Volunteer Examiner)?

You must have a General Amateur License or higher. Get details and information HERE.