Northern Delaware VE Testing Team

Amateur (Ham) Radio License Exams in Northern Delaware
Sponsored by Christiana Amateur Radio Emergency Services (CARES)
NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED OR taken, they are not necessary so please just walk in

For those needing special accommodations, special sessions (i.e. CAP, Scouts, Ham classes) please contact Robbie, well in advance of your intended exam date so arrangements can be made to assemble an exam team. We will do whatever it takes within the regulations to accommodate any special needs including reading the test to you if you need us to (and if we have separate space available). If the Email link does not work on your computer/phone, just copy and paste the address to send Email please.  Please use this email for any questions or conceerns about our testing sessions.
You may also use our
contact form.

Due to the Governor's state of emergency COVID-19 restrictions, limiting indoor gatherings to ten people, we will be unable to hold testing sessions until those restrictions are relaxed. We plan onresuming testing once we are allowed to. Please check back often for updates.

Changes coming

FCC has notified all Volunteer Examination Coordinators (VECs) that they will stop accepting Social Security Numbers on NVEC 605 license application forms. Just WHEN that will happen has not yet been announced but PLEASE don't take a chance. It COULD happen at any time without notice so PLEASE obtain your FRN before you come to the session!!

Don't take a chance on your application being rejected after you passed the exam(s).

Full text of the announcement from ARRL-VEC:
The FCC also advised VE teams to make it clear to candidates that some information about them will be made publicly available on the FCC's website, including their name, mailing address, and felony conviction status.

Dorothy Stifflemire, the Associate Division Chief of the WTB Technologies Systems and Innovation Division told VECs that new license applicants should create an FCC user account and register their social security number in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES) before attending exam sessions. Registrants will be assigned a Federal Registration Number (FRN) which will be used in all license transactions with the FCC.

She explained that auto-registration in CORES for examinees using a social security number will be going away. In addition, since no mail is being sent because of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants will not receive their auto-created password and FCC FRN and will not be able to access their personal license record in the FCC License Manager database or their FRN record in CORES. Going forward, she said, VECs should make sure all applicants are registered and have an FRN before exam day.

Additionally, FCC Mobility Division (MD) Deputy Chief Tom Derenge recommended that VECs make it clear to applicants that their address will be public information when the new license is issued. He suggested advising that an alternative address, such as a PO Box or work address, would be acceptable. Derenge pointed out that once an address is in the FCC database, it?s nearly impossible to be permanently removed.

In March, 2020 we got shut down due to restrictions generated by Covid-19 but we are back "in business" at a new temporary location:

Holy Rosary Catholic Church
3200 Philadelphia Pike Claymont, DE 19703

Keep an eye on the ARRL "Find an Amateur Radio License Exam Session" website for complete details on this, and most other area exam sessions provided by participating clubs that administer exams and independent groups.

All three Amateur license elements will be available at each session:
Technician Class Element 2
General Class Element 3
Amateur Extra Class Element 4

Needed at the Test Session:
Two (2) forms of ID are required, one must be a Government issued photo ID
Any original license (copy we can keep please,we have to mail it in with your application package) and/or CSCEs must be presented along with a printed copy of new licenses
Cash (preferred for locistical resons) or check for $14.00, made payable to: W5YI-VEC No credit or debit cards accepted.
A pen and sharpened pencils and, if desired, a non-programmable calculator. You may NOT use a cell phone, tablet, pda, or other programmable device!
Phone numbers and email adresses are absolutely required on the NCVEC 605 forms. You cannot receive your license without a valid email, and we must be able to contact you via phone in case of errors or missing information.

Please see the announcement about Federal Reference Numbers above. If you have an FCC license for ANYTHING you probably have one already. The same number is used for all radio services governed by the federal Communications Commission which is every licensed service eXCEPT the Fedear Government, which is governed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Your social security number MUST longer be used on our paperwork since we email the application to W5YI-VEC. Besides, do you REALLY want your Social Security Number going over the Internet via Email? 

Per the announcement above, FCC Reference Number (FRN) will soon be absolutely required by the FCC on NCVEC 605 forms.
You can search using various criteria to see if you have one, update it if needed, or register for your FRN if you don't have one at

All VE sessions Start at 9:00 AM local time.
Unfortunately, due to our limited resources, we must limit the time available to start new applicants on their journey through the application and testing process. We have limited time available to us so

AFTER 10:00 AM unless otherwise announced. 

Applicants are encouraged to keep taking
successive exam elements until they fail one. A large percentage leave with more than they came in for and, at very least,  it is a free look at the next test, even if you have not opened that book.

Exams are given the first Saturday of each month. We coordinate with the State Line Radio Club (SLRC) and alternate
months between the two groups/locations. Some of our examiners volunteer for both groups.

SLRC is currently using ARRL-VEC so their exam fee is $15.00 instead of $14.00 for WYI-VEC sessions.

SLRC gives their exams at:
Mason Dixon American Legion Post 194
338 East Main Street
Rising Sun, MD.
Contact for SLRC exam sessions is Ted, NT3R
(443) 907-0689

We do the odd months (January, March, May, July, September and November and they do the even months, February, April, June (usually at their Field Day location), August, October and December.

2020 Exam Session Calendar
   * indicates session was canceled due to Governor's state of emergency and/or site host's Covid-19 policies/restrictions.