License Testing

Hi Future Ham,

Welcome to the world of Amateur Radio. It is a fun hobby; you will meet a lot of interesting people and make new friends. It is a good way to communicate with people all over the world as well as people who live locally.  

The New Bern Amateur Radio Club sponsors’ the exam normally on the 3rd Saturday of even-numbered months, hours are 09:00-11:00 AM.  It is given at the Rhems Fire Department located on Highway 17 South in New Bern, NC. As you face the building, enter from the left side.

As of now, the fee for the exam is $15.00 but, it might go up in the future, so don't be surprised if the fee changes. Bring cash, or make personal checks or money orders out to; ARRL/VEC. Also, for now, face masks are required due to the Covid Virus.

To obtain an Amateur Radio License and Call sign, you must first obtain a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Registration Number (FRN).

Go to the FCC.GOV Website -

          Select -  FCC Commissions Registration System (CORES)

                  Select -  UPDATED CORES

                           Select -  LOG IN; and provide a username and password.

Follow the instructions to obtain an FRN.

After you have obtained your FRN, search the internet for: NCVEC QUICK-FORM-605-APPLICATION. This will take you to the AMATEUR RADIO RELAY LEAGUE (ARRL) website with the interactive form NCVEC605. Fill out SECTION 1. Be sure to enter your FRN in the appropriate block, print the form, and bring it to the test session.  

Looking forward to meeting you at the exam session.


NBARC Ham Radio License Testing Schedule
Every EVEN Month of the year except December on the 3rd Saturday
9 AM - 11 AM

When:  (5 times per year) Every EVEN Month (Except December)

  • June 18, 2022, Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • August 20, 2022, Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • October 15, 2022, Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • February 18, 2023, Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Rhems Volunteer Fire Department
5860 US Hwy 17
New Bern, NC 28562
Ph: (252) 637-3365


$15 and Bring Photo ID and Masks are required for the foreseeable future.


To schedule an exam or join our VE team or if you have any questions regarding testing, contact our VE team coordinator: Jim Scheer. It is suggested that you pre-register to be sure we have sufficient materials. Please bring an ARRL form 605 with your FRN number and $15 cash or check (made out to ARRL/VEC) for testing fees.

Jim Scheer, W4NLD
Ph: (252) 876-3733

Dave Warwick, K4DJW
Ph: (252) 665-0409 cell

Ray Hemphill, KI4SJ
Ph: (252) 514-1380 cell

In-Person FCC Amateur Radio License Exam This Weekend in New Bern!

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