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The Volunteer Examiner (VE) team conducts amateur radio license testing through the ARRL VEC (Amateur Radio Relay League Volunteer Examination Coordinator) organization. All of the team’s VEs are licensed hams, accredited by ARRL VEC. The team offers Technician, General, and Amateur Extra exams at each test session.

License Testing Dates for 2024
We expect to be testing at:
Leon Valley Public Library,
6425 Evers RD
Leon Valley, TX 78238

February 24, 2024August 24, 2024
April 27, 2024October 26, 2024
July 20, 2024 ( Radio Fiesta Schertz, Tx)June 23, 2024 (Field Day)
from 12-2 PM on the above dates, with no test session in December.

Pre-register at HamTest@w5sc.org . If you plan to test, be sure to pre-register.

We also will have a VE session at 1:30 PM Saturday afternoon, July 20, 2024, inside at:

Schertz Civic Center1400 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz, TX 78154

Please contact HamTest@w5sc.org for more information and to pre-register for the session. Pre-registration is required


Alternative testing location
Location: The Country Church
1005 W FM 78 Building #6
subject to change call ahead!!
Marion TX 78124-2079
Contact: Estevan ‘Red’. Salas
(210) 473-7772
Email: kg5sft@outlook.com
Every 1st Saturday of the monthSpecial testing days upon request
Please download and fill out top of Form 605https://w5sc.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Form-605.pdf
We normally test twice daily, Monday through Saturday, at 1030 and 1430 PST. We also offer sessions at 0600 PST on some daysRegister for Remote Testing

New applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual, and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC by using the CORES Payer FRN System (easier to use but will only be available temporarily) or the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES – Login).  CORES payment system information

Any  individual under the age of 18 takes, be it a new exam, a re-test or an upgrade, will only cost $5 each. 

Youth under the age of 18 should bring proof of age, like a birth certificate or, if they are old enough, a drivers license. That will allow them to pay a lower session fee for their exam, and possibly participate in getting reimbursement on their $35 FCC application fee.

Youth without a government-issued photo ID need two documents for identification. Suitable documents include a school report card, birth certificate, and a Social Security card.

For more information