20-24 September 2021 GRCon
In-Person & Virtual
US/Eastern timezone

Amateur Radio License Exams

For this year's in-person GRCon, we will once again be hosting Amateur Radio License exams for those interested in obtaining or upgrading their licenses (check out ARRL's overview for more details about Licenses). We are working with two local Amateur Radio groups:

Once you have registered for a test session, you must do the following in advance:

  1. Obtain a Federal Registration Number (FRN). You won't be able to take an exam without one. Go to: Getting an FCC Registration Number (FRN).
  2. Send an email to bduggan@gnuradio.org with your name, email address, your callsign (if you have a current amateur radio callsign), your FRN, the exams you plan to take (Technician, General, Extra), and which session you have registered for (Tuesday or Friday).

For the test session you will need to bring the following:

  • A Government Photo ID (Drivers License / Passport / etc.).
  • Your original Amateur License and a copy (if upgrading). See ARRL's page on How to Obtain an Official FCC License Copy.
  • For those who recently took an exam but have yet to obtain an official FCC license: Any Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE)’s and copies from previous exams.
  • (Optional) Non-programmable calculators are allowed. Programmable calculators are NOT ALLOWED unless their memories can be cleared or reset at the exam session site by the testing crew prior to the start of the exam.
  • Note: cell phones must be turned off (or put in Airplane mode) and set aside during the exam.