Where to find a testing session
NOTE: Pre-registration and purchase of a “seat” at a testing session is required for ALL testing session. Purchase of your “seat” is, in effect, your “registration” for the session. Click here to register for an available testing session.
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. Please be on time! Be sure to confirm the session is indeed still planned and pre-register/purchase a seat for testing.
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 in 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 Session Schedule
Region Site Dates Contact Name/Call Phone/E-mail Notes
Anchorage AARC Radio Science and Operations Center (RSOC)
6721 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99502
2nd Saturday / Mth / 2:00 PM Kathleen O'Keefe / KL7KO 907.243.4675 / firstname.lastname@example.org 1, 2
Bethel KYUK Radio Station, Radio St, Bethel As needed, call Ken Eggleston / NL7SP 907.543.5698 / email@example.com 3
Cordova Varies, call contact As needed, call Joan Behrends / KL2XN 907.424.5773 / firstname.lastname@example.org Fairbanks Far North CB Radios Plus Bldg., 3451 College Rd, Fairbanks 1st Saturday / Mth / 1:00 PM Mike Perry / AL7F 907.590.7215 / email@example.com Homer Homer Public Library, 500 Hazel Ave, Homer As needed, call Toby Reich / KL2T 907.399.7667 / firstname.lastname@example.org Juneau Varies, call contact As needed, call Jerry Prindle / KL7HFI 907.789.7291 / email@example.com Kenai / Soldotna Kenai Borough EOC, 253 Wilson Lane, Soldotna As needed, call Max Carpenter / WA7B 907.394.2907 / firstname.lastname@example.org 3
Sitka Sitka Fire Department, 209 Lake Street, Sitka 1st Saturday / Mth / 12:00 PM Benjamin Downing / KL2UF 907.738.2703 / email@example.com 1
Valdez Varies, call contact As needed, call Jim Gifford / KL1IO 907.255.1221 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Note 1: No exams if the date falls directly on a major holiday, such as July 4th, Christmas day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day, January 1, etc.
Note 2: Park in front of the building or at the east end of the building. Enter through the center door on the front of the building.
Note 3: Exam location may change on short notice. Verify with contact.
Contact Kent Petty, KL5T at email@example.com for additional info.
What happens if your city is not listed here?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: Kent Petty, VE manager (907) 632-3963
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 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 email@example.com or telephone 907.632.3963 for additional information.
Please note that it will take several days for us to make the necessary arrangements after we hear from you.
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.
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.
Click here for more information about remote testing.
If you have questions about Amateur Radio in general or specific questions about the testing program, you may send an e-mail to us.