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How do I register as a Volunteer Examiner (VE)?

To become a Volunteer Examiner (VE) in the United States, you must meet certain requirements and follow a registration process through a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC). The VECs are organizations that have been authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to coordinate the administration of amateur radio exams.

Here is a step-by-step guide to becoming a VE:

  • Check the eligibility requirements: Before registering as a VE, you must meet the following requirements:
    • Hold a valid amateur radio license (usually General class or higher, but some VECs may accept Technician class licensees).
    • Be at least 18 years old.
    • Be willing to follow the rules and procedures established by the VEC and FCC.
  • Choose a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC): There are several VECs across the United States, but the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) VEC is the largest and most well-known. You can choose to become a VE with the ARRL VEC or any other VEC that operates in your area. Each VEC may have slightly different procedures and requirements, so it’s essential to research and select the one that best suits your needs.
  • Complete the VE application: Once you have chosen a VEC, visit their website or contact them to obtain a VE application form. The application will typically ask for your personal information, amateur radio license details, and a statement indicating that you will follow the VEC and FCC rules. Some VECs may also require a brief open-book test to ensure you understand the VE guidelines and procedures.
  • Submit the application: Send the completed application form, along with any required documents, to the VEC for processing. The VEC will review your application and verify your license status with the FCC. If your application is approved, you will receive a VE identification number and a certificate or a wallet-sized ID card, depending on the VEC.
  • Attend training: Some VECs may require new VEs to attend a training session, either in-person or online, to familiarize themselves with the exam administration process and procedures. This training will help ensure that you are well-prepared to administer exams in a fair and efficient manner.
  • Participate in exam sessions: As a registered VE, you will now be able to participate in amateur radio exam sessions. Contact your VEC or local amateur radio club to find out about upcoming exam sessions in your area. You will work with other VEs to proctor exams, grade them, and submit the results to the VEC for processing.

By becoming a VE, you will play a vital role in helping others join the amateur radio community and expand their knowledge and skills. Volunteering as an examiner can be a rewarding way to give back to the hobby and contribute to its growth and development.

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