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Amateur Radio License Testing Information

The Washington Digital Radio Enthusiasts supports local amateur radio license testing in the Spokane Area. In conjunction with the Laurel ARC Volunteer Examiner Coordinators and Action Recycling, we offer testing for those who wish to obtain a new amateur radio license, or upgrade their existing license. A local team of volunteer examiners, coordinated by Glen-K1RR, will administer the tests, and register your results with the Laurel VEC, which will report to the FCC.

Testing Schedule:
Generally, testing occurs on the third Wednesday of each month. Usually at 6pm local time, at Action Recycling, 1027 E Marietta Ave. in Spokane. If warranted, special sessions can be arranged for groups, or special times. Contact Glen by email (glen@k1rr.com) for more information.

Testing Cost:
The LaurelARC VEC and the local volunteers who conduct the testing, do not charge any fees. Persuant to FCC Order 20-184, adopted by the FCC on 23Dec20, the FCC has indicated that a $35 fee will be collected to process your application and approve your license or renewal. The FCC has not yet indicated a date when these new license fees will start. As of February, 2021, no fees are being collected yet.

Covid 19 Restrictions:
We are taking measures to meet in person safely and conduct testing in a way that follows recommended and required safety precautions to help prevent the spread of the Covid 19 virus. That means we maintain social distancing at the testing site, and currently, masks are required for everyone in the room. We ask that you sanitize your hands before coming, and we won't be shaking hands during introductions. If you are feeling sick, have a fever, or a cough, please stay home that day and take the test another day.

What you should bring:

After you have obtained an FRN, and studied for the test, please contact Glen by email to schedule a date for the test. You must let him know in advance. We cannot accept walk-ins.

Contact Glen by email (glen@k1rr.com) for more information.

Here are some suggested license information and test study sites: