Wabash Valley Amateur Radio Association
A 501(c)(3) Corporation
Club Station
PO Box 10081
Terre Haute, IN 47801-0081

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Amateur Radio Examinations

All amateur radio examination sessions conducted by the WVARA are coordinated through the Laurel VEC.
  • There is never any fee for taking an amateur radio examination.
  • Licenses are normally uploaded to the FCC the next business day following the test session.
  • Pre-registration for an examination session is preferred, but walk-ins are accepted.
  • You MUST have an FCC Registration Number (FRN) before you arrive at the examination session.
    • If you currently hold an amateur radio license or any other license issued by the FCC (GMRS, GRO, etc.), then you already have an FRN.
NOTE:  Effective April 22, 2022, the FCC charges a fee of $35 to apply for a new amateur radio license, to apply for renewal of an existing license, or to apply for a call sign change. You pay this fee online after the application is uploaded to the FCC. Click here for more information.

There is no fee to upgrade your license to a higher class or to change your contact information (name, address, e-mail address, or phone number).

Monthly Examination Sessions

Regularly-scheduled amateur radio examination sessions are held at 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of every month except for the month of March.

  • Due to the the WVARA Spring Hamfest. being held on the 2nd Saturday in March with no suitable space available at or near the hamfest location to hold testing, there will not be an examination session in March.
The next monthly examination session will held be on October 14, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.

Registering for a session ahead of time will allow some of your paperwork to be prepared in advance and will speed up the check-in process when you arrive at the session.  You may pre-register for a session any time prior to 12 midnight EST/EDT on the Thursday before the session.

All monthly examination sessions are held at:

YMCA of the Wabash Valley
951 Dresser Drive
Terre Haute, IN
(Fairbanks Park)

Additional Examination Sessions

The WVARA VE Team also conducts several additional examination sessions throughout the year.
  • Examination sessions are normally held at the end of each license class.  See the License Classes page for further details.  These examination sessions are not limited to class students and anyone may attend.
  • The WVARA VE Team conducts the examination session at the Dugger Hamfest at 9:00 a.m. EST on the last Saturday of February each year.
  • Special sessions may be scheduled as the need arises.
If you wish to pre-register for one of these additional examination sessions, send an e-mail to ve_team@w9uuu.org with your:
  • Full name and address.
  • FCC Registration Number (FRN).
  • E-mail address.
  • Purpose for attending the session - new license, upgrade, renewal, change address, etc.

For further information contact the WVARA VE Team:

VE Team Portal (Password required)

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