If you are interested in amateur radio, and would like to take the exam , the Troy VE Team stands ready to assist. We are affiliated with the ARRL/VEC, and have been proud to provide testing opportunities since 1984.

We strongly recommend that you check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you prepare for the exam.

Hope to see you on the bands.

Thank You!
Troy VE Team



Please, keep in mind that from time-to-time the schedule gets changed as the season goes on. We recommend that you check back here often to confirm the dates/times you're interested in haven't been changed/canceled.

Exam Date
Doors Open
Exam Time
(Doors will Close)
*  May 18, 2024 Sat. 9:30 AM 10:00 AM
July 17, 2024 Wed. 6:30 PM 7:00 PM
September 21, 2024 Sat. 9:30 AM 10:00 AM
November 9, 2024 Sat. 9:30 AM 10:00 AM


The Troy VE Team will be holding their exam sessions at the Watervliet Senior Center, 1501 Broadway, Watervliet, NY 12189.

* The May 18th session will be held at the Watervliet Library, same building as the Semior Center.


 Map to get to Senior Center below: 

Examination room doors will open 40 minutes prior to the exam time, with exams starting at the times indicated above. NOBODY will be admitted into the exam room after the starting time.  Starting January 1, the fee charged all applicants at ARRL VEC-coordinated Amateur Radio examination sessions will be $15.00 either cash, or check ( payable to ARRL-VEC ). This fee is required from all candidates taking any of the exam elements offered by this team.

Make sure you bring proper identification (either one picture ID or two non-picture IDs). Also bring all of your original documentation (current license, CSCEs...etc.), along with photocopies, calculators, pens and pencils to the exam session. You  are required to register in ULS and CORES to get a FRN number. Click here to go the FCC site to do that.  Anyone needing special handicap arrangements is asked to call in advance. The Senior Center is handicapped accessible.

 Talk-in on 145.17/R .


  • This link allows you to search the ARRL website for upcoming exam sessions.


AA9PW Amateur Radio Exam Practice Page

Here is a link to a local group holding classes:  Capital Area Radio Enthusiasts (CARE)

Q. How do I get registered in CORES (FRN Numbers or ULS (Taxpayer ID number)

A. As of 12/3/01, all candidates for new licenses and upgrades must have FCC-assigned CORES (FRN) numbers and ULS (Tax-payer identification) numbers. If you are not already registered in CORES and ULS, go to the following FCC website to register prior to the exam session:

Q.  Do I need to pre-register for a Troy VE Team session?

A.  We do not require, but recommend, pre-registration for all candidates by contacting:

Troy VE Team

and we do strongly encourage candidates to call ahead if any of the following apply:
  • Candidates with physical disabilities who would request special accommodations.
  • Candidates who wish to obtain grandfathering credit for the General Class written test (Ele.3).
  • Parents or guardians of children under 18 years of age (to make sure that the Social Security Number and proper ID will be available).

Q.  What should I bring to the exam?

A. Bring the items listed below.
  • Your FRN (FCC Registration Number)
  • $15.00 exam fee (cash, check, or money order payable to ARRL/VEC)
  • Original and photocopy of current FCC amateur license
  • Original and photocopy of CSCE documents from prior exam sessions
  • Pen and Two #2 pencils
  • Simple battery or solar-powered calculator
  • Special documentation if credit is requested for Element 3 (General class written) for Technician Class licenses issued prior to 3/21/87.

Q.What materials are not allowed at the exam session?

A. DO NOT bring these items!

  • Study materials  
  • Programmable calculators  
  • Computers
  • Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)
  • Palm Pilots/devices with a keyboard
  • Cell phones or pagers
  • Q.  What are acceptable photo IDs?

    A. Any one (1) of the following:
    • Driver's License with photograph
    • Non-drivers Photo ID
    • Passport or Passport card
    • Military Photo ID
    • FCC Radiotelegraph License with photo
    Q.  What are acceptable non-photo IDs?

    A. Any two (2) of the following:
      • Non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them)
      • Social Security Card
      • Birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
      • Minor's work permit
      • School report card
      • School ID card
      • Library card
      • Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person
      • Postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form 605
    Q.  What about students/minors without photo IDs?

    A. Students/minors without a photo ID need to bring only one of the
               above items if a legal guardian presents their photo ID; otherwise 
               two non-photo IDs are required. ARRL will cover the one-time FCC
               application fee for new license candidates younger than 18-years
               old for tests administered under the ARRL VEC program.
               Candidates younger than 18-years old would pay a reduced exam
               session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC VE team at the time of the exam.
               Visit the 
    Youth Licensing Grant Program webpage for more
               information and for the reimbursement instructions.

               Minor children (under the age of 18) may be accompanied in the 
               room by an adult during the test.



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