Test For Your License

Where to find a testing session

Scheduling:

Testing sessions are offered at various times and places. Look in the listings below to find a session near you. Some areas offer testing on a regular schedule. In those locations, no appointment is necessary simply show up at the prescribed location for your exam. Please be on time!

In other areas, tests are given only when there is a need. In those areas, please contact the person or persons named herein for further information.

Please note: The Anchorage ARC VEC operates testing sessions only within the geographical boundaries of the  State of Alaska.  If you live in another state or country, even if your mailing address is not within Alaska, you can still test with our VEC.  It is only the testing session itself that must take place within the state. 

If you live in another state or country, you may wish to test with a different group. In such case, please try either the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) or the W5YI Group. Both of these organizations offer testing at many locations in the remaining 49 states.


Exam testing sessions, alphabetically by city:

Anchorage:

Where:  Hope Community Resources Office (Map)
540 W International Airport Rd, Anchorage, AK
Pre-registration required?   YES
When:   2nd Saturday, every month,  2:00 PM
Notes:  Enter main building thru rear door (the side facing 53rd avenue).  No exams if date falls directly on a major holiday, such as July 4th,  Christmas day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day, January 1, etc.  

For exams in the Anchorage area,  advance reservations are needed.  Hope Community Resources is a secure building,  so it is important that you be on time. Doors are kept locked except for a few minutes immediately preceding the exam session.  Do NOT be late!

Contact:   Kathleen O’Keefe,  KL7KO,
Phone:   (907) 243-4675
email:  kokalaska @gmail.com

Alternate Contact emails:   jwiley@gci.net or  VE@kl7aa.net  
Phone:  
(907) 688-0660


Bethel:  

Where:  KYUK Radio station  (Map)
Radio Street, Bethel, AK

Pre-registration required?   YES, please call to confirm appointment for exam

When:   Exams for  the Bethel area are scheduled on an as-needed basis.  

Contact: Ken Eggleston,  NL7SP
Phone: (907)543-5698

Email:  nl7sp@gci.net

Notes:  Exam location may change on short notice.  Verify with NL7SP


Cordova

Where:     Location varies. 

Pre-registration required?   YES, please call to confirm appointment for exam

When:  Exams for Cordova are scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Contact:   Joan Behrends, KL2XN
Phone:  (907) 424-5773 (Home), (763) 242-6535  (Mobile)
Email:   alaska.behrends@gmail.com


Fairbanks:

Where:  Noel Wein Public Library Conference Room  (Map)         
1215 Cowles St, Fairbanks, AK

 Pre-registration required?   YES, Please call to confirm appointment for exam

 When:   First Saturday, every month, 1:00 PM.  

Contact: Mike Perry (AL7F)
Phone:   (907) 590-7215

Email:      patperry@gci.net


Homer

Where:      Homer public library  (Map)                  
500 Hazel Avenue, Homer, AK 

Pre-registration required?   YES, please call to confirm appointment for exam

When:  Exams for  the Homer area are scheduled on an as-needed basis.  

Contact: Kris Kerce , AL2F
Phone:
Email:
   al2f.ak@gmail.com


Juneau

Where:
Pre-registration required?   YES, please call to confirm appointment for exam

When:  Exams for  the Juneau area are scheduled on an as-needed basis.  

Contact: Jerry Prindle, KL7HFI
Phone:  (907) 789-7291

Email:  kl7hfi@att.net


Kenai – Soldotna

Where:   Kenai Borough EOC (Emergency Operations Center)  (Map)
253 Wilson Lane, Soldotna, AK

Note: Location subject to last-minute changes.  See contact person info. 

Pre-registration required?   YES, please call to confirm appointment for exam

When:   Exams for  the Kenai – Soldotna area are scheduled on an as-needed basis.  

Contact:  Max Carpenter, WA7B
Phone:  (907) 394-2907

Email: wa7b@aol.com


Palmer-Wasilla:

Where:  Central Public Safety Building, Fire station 61 (Map)
101 W Swanson Ave, Wasilla, AK (corner of Swanson and Lucille streets)

Pre-registration required?   YES, please call to confirm appointment for exam

When: 4th Saturday, every month, 7:00 PM,   No exams if the scheduled date falls directly on a holiday (e.g.: Christmas day, Memorial day, etc.) 

Contact:  KenSlauson, KL7VE
Phone: (907) 376-8698
Email: kl7ve@tiresias.net (or) Ken@Slauson.us


Valdez

Where:     Valdez Consortium Library (Map)
212 Fairbanks Dr., Valdez, AK

Pre-registration required?   YES, please call to confirm appointment for exam

When: Exams for  the Valdez area are scheduled on an as-needed basis.  

Contact:  Bob Rountree, KL1BS
Phone:  (907) 835-3645
Email: rountreerg@gmail.com


What happens if your city is not listed here? 

Don’t despair!  

The Anchorage VEC can schedule exams on an as-needed basis for most Alaskan towns.  To find out if an exam session can be scheduled for your town, send us an
email or call us at the number below.

By email: ve@kl7aa.net
Telephone: Jim Wiley, VE manager  (907) 688-0660


Remote Testing

For those locations where there are not enough local hams to make up a conventional volunteer examiner team, we offer a “remote testing” program that lets individuals who live great distances from one of our regular testing locations take their exam over the Internet. This program was just recently approved by the FCC (as of July 2014), in response to a petition filed by the Anchorage VEC in mid July, 2011.   

If this is your situation, contact us at the email or telephone number listed below for additional information.

Please note that it will take several days for us to make the necessary arrangements after we hear from you.

By email:  ve@kl7aa.net
By telephone:  (907) 688-0660

A few notes about remote testing: 

This service is limited to individuals whose physical and legal address is within the State of Alaska.   Please do not ask us about remote testing for persons living in other states.

Special Note: We are informed that the ARRL VEC does plan to offer remote testing to some applicants who live in other areas.  If this is your situation, you should contact the ARRL VEC for more information.  Use this link to contact the ARRL VEC directly:  Click Here

Also, this service is not offered to Alaskan individuals who reside in a location where there are regularly scheduled exams. (see the list of regular exam locations, above)

There are certain technical requirements for remote testing.  First among these is that there must be access to a high-speed Internet connection that can support full-motion video and concurrent audio.  Most Alaskan towns have this
option via the local school or medical clinic.   

For more information about remote testing, click here


If you have questions about Amateur Radio in general, or specific questions about the testing program, you may send an e-mail to us.

To send us an e-mail, Click here
Use the links below to learn more:

List of Volunteer Examiners by name
List of Volunteer Examiners by location
What do I need to bring to the exam session?
My license expired more than 2 years ago, what do I do now?
What about the Remote Testing Program?
What happens after I pass my exam?
Where to find study materials for the written tests?
Learning the Morse Code – tools and techniques.
How can I become a Volunteer Examiner?
Volunteer Examiners Instruction Manual