The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides for three levels of amateur radio licenses. They are –

Technician Class An entry-level class, with restricted privileges. Requires passage of a 35-question multiple choice test.
General Class A mid-level class, with privileges in all ham radio bands. Requires passage of a 35-question multiple choice test. PREREQUISITE: Passage of the Technician Class license test.
Amateur      Extra Class The highest level class, with all ham radio privileges. Requires passage of a 50-question multiple choice test. PREREQUISITE: Passage of the Technician Class and General Class license tests.


The York Radio Club offers amateur radio licensing testing for ALL FCC license elements at 7:00 p.m. on the third Friday of every month (December & except February) at:

The Community Bank of Elmhurst
330 W. Butterfield Rd., 2nd floor
Elmhurst, IL 60126

In July and August, we meet at:
The Elmhurst Fire Department Training Center
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Our VE Coordinator is Mark, KB9TVD.  You can contact Mark for further information by emailing or calling him at 708-562-6027

Here are some general tips in preparing for one of these exams:

  • The test fee is $14, cash preferred (we can make change).  The fee covers your first test, and each subsequent test as long as you pass the previous one.
  • If you prefer to pay by personal check, contact Mark KB9TVD directly at the phone # or e-mail address listed below.
  • We’ll need to see a government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license).
  • Bring a pencil and eraser for taking the test, and a pen to fill out the application form.
  • Folks upgrading need to provide proof of their current elements passed (typically current license or CSCE).  We need a copy we can keep.
  • A calculator with log and trig functions could be useful, but programmable calculators are not allowed, nor the calculators in cell phones and other net-connected devices.
  • I highly recommend that you get an FCC registration number (FRN) ahead of time if you don’t have one already.  Go to the FCC website at:
    Click the Register button, and answer the questions. You’ll get your number at the end of the process.  Print it out and bring it to the test session.  Also, you’ll use this number in all future business you may have with the FCC (such as upgrades, vanity call sign applications, change of address, etc.)

    • Be aware that the application form asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a felony.  The FCC requires this to be answered.  It’s just Yes or No, and it makes no difference to the VE Team nor in taking the test.  For details, see:


VE Team #1 VE Team #2 VE Team #3


Testing Date VE Team
6/15/18 Team #3
7/20/18 Team #1
8/17/18 Team #2
9/21/18 Team #3
10/19/18 Team #1
11/19/18 Team #2
1/18/19 Team #3


Serving The Interests Of Amateur Radio in the Elmhurst area