VE Testing

Joint Venture with the Northern Shenandoah DX Association

The VE team is comprised of members associated with the club, but the team is officially a function of the North Shenandoah DX Association. While all of the regularly-participating VEs are members of SVARC, the club also contributes in making the club house available as a suitable location to conduct test sessions. Typically, there are 10 sessions scheduled every year, generally held at 1 PM (Eastern Time) on the second Sunday of the month, with the following exceptions:

  • May - No VE session is held in May as it coincides with the Mother's Day holiday
  • June 2018 - Our VE team has been asked to conduct the VE session for the Manassas Hamfest on the first Sunday in June. It is to be determined if a regular session will also be held at the SVARC club house on the second Sunday in June.
  • August - No VE session is held at the SVARC clubhouse, as there is a VE session held in conjunction with the SVARC Berryville Hamfest (held the first Sunday in August annually).


DISCLAIMER - Inclement weather can cause last-minute cancelation of a VE session. If there is any question with regard to whether a VE session will be held or not, please contact Alan Moeck (WA2RPX) - his call sign at arrl dot net.

In years past, the date for June would shift to the first Sunday in June to prevent a conflict with the Ol' Virginia Hams (W4OVH) hamfest in Manassas as the Prince William County Fairgrounds. It appears that no conflict exists for the 2017 hamfest, so the plan is to hold the June 2017 session the second Sunday in June to stay consistent with the standard pattern.

While walk-ins are certainly welcome, it is best to contact Alan and confirm status with him the session that you are planning to attend.

Other Sessions

If you're not sure whether we are having a session, or if there's a better day and time for you, please check out the ARRL's VE Session Finder tool at

Preparing For The Exam

Practice tests are available at several websites such as the ones below:

What To Bring To an Exam Session

The ARRL Web Site is a great resource for this information, so we'll share the link to their information to answer this - If you happen to forget pencils, pens, forms, an 'allowed' calculator, etc., never fear, we keep these things around to help candidates succeed. Please make sure you meet the identification requirements and bring funds to cover the fee. Cash, checks, or money orders in the amount of $15 USD (checks and money orders made payable to ARRL VEC) for each examinee's session. Candidates not successfully passing an attempted element may be able to take a second exam for the same element, but under current rules, we are required to charge an additional test fee in such cases. 

For your convenience, the ARRL has provided an interactive PDF version of the NCVEC QUICK-FORM 605, in case you wish to fill out and print this piece of paperwork ahead of time.

NOTE: If you do not currently have an FCC-assigned Federal Registration Number (FRN), a social security number is required by the FCC on the application for processing. More information about the FRN can be found at