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Ackworth, GA
By Appointment Test Sessions and Classes
Contact: JIM PHILLIPS, KF4TCR.   (770) 218-0663  E-mail:

Albany, GA
Testing AS NEEDED (with a week's notice)
at Avalon UMC, 3018 Gillionville Rd.
Contact: BOB SMITH, K4PHE   (229) 883-9633 E-mail: k4phe@bellsouth.net
or LEON PERRETT, K4GCR (229) 435-9634 E-mail:
Alpharetta, GA
Second Saturday of Each Month, 10:00 AM
Location: Alpharetta North Park Adult Activities Center, 13450 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Contact: Ian Kahn, KM4IK at 404-626-1566  E-mail:

Ashburn, GA
The COASTAL PLAINS ARC VE team offers Exam when needed at meeting 2nd Tuesday each month. Contact BOBBY HOBBY w4kn@bellsouth.net to schedule.

Athens, GA
1st Tuesday of each EVEN-numbered month at 6:30 pm - Except Holidays
Location: Athens Clarke Co. Fire Station #8 on Jefferson Road 3/4 Mile outside Loop 10 on the Left.
Contact: EDWIN FUQUA, N4VA (706) 354-1727 (M-F 9-5) or
(706) 540-1088(Cell) After Work hours only.  E-mail:

Atlanta, GA http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/atlanta-ga-30321-32

Auburn, GA http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/auburn-ga-30011-3641-1

Augusta, GA
2nd Saturdays of odd-numbered months at 9 AM routinely and other test sessions scheduled as needed. Sponsored by the Amateur Radio Club of Columbia County, Inc. and held in classrooms 4 and 5 at the H2U Building located at 1305 Interstate Parkway, Augusta, GA, 30909.
Contact: DICK EMBRY, KD4CK, Email: KD4CK@arrl.net or you may contact us using the contact page on our website. ARCCC, Inc. web site: http://www.arccc.org

Blairsville, GA
North Georgia Tri-State Amateur Radio Club
location: Parks & Recreation Office, 310 Welborne St., Blairsville, Georgia 30512 time: 9:00 am, Test sessions in 2010 Saturday June 12th; Saturday July 10th; Saturday Aug 14th; Saturday Sept 11th; Saturday Oct 9th; Saturday Nov 13th; Saturday Dec 11th.
ROBERT F. OCHS K4NB, 706-838-4728 K4nb@tds.net

Braselton, GA
Tri County ARC; Primary area served: NE Georgia & North Metro Atlanta 1st Sunday 2:00 p.m. Every Odd Month (January, March, May, July, September and November) Location: Braselton Public Utility Building, 4986 Highway 53, Braselton, GA 30517 Directions: From Atlanta take I-85 North to exit 129 (Highway 53) and turn right on Highway 53. Go 1 mile and look for red building behind City Hall on the left. Entrance on lower level in the rear of the utility building. Talk in on 145.31 123 PL Tone. Walk-Ins OK. Contact: ROGER GIBSON WB4T, 770-271-4210 or 770-712-9560 w4rlg@bellsouth.net

Calhoun, GA
Testing as needed. One day tech classes offered on a random schedule. For information and site location contact; FELTON FLOYD, AF4DN 706-629-0369 home, 770-324-9859 cell, af4dn@iwispr.net email.

Cartersville, GA
Testing has moved to Acworth #2

Carrollton, GA
West Georgia Amateur Radio Club - W5YI / VEC
9:00am on these tentative dates for 2008. Jan 12th, Apr 12th, Jul 12th, Oct 11th at the Neva-Lomason Library, 710 Rome Street. Bring a Photo ID, a photocopy of your Amateur License if you have one, and any upgrade paperwork(if applicable).
Contact: MAXIE STRICKLAND, AC4DD (770) 258-3292  E-mail:

Columbus, GA http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/columbus-ga-31909-4513-34

Dallas, GA
Fourth Monday each month except December at 1830 hours local at the Paulding Chamber of Commerce, 455 Jimmy Campbell Parkway (Hwy 278- Lower Level), Dallas, GA 30132-9999.
Contact: ELDEN MORRIS, N1MN 770-713-4403 E-Mail: n1mn@arrl.net

Ellijay, GA
Second Saturday of January, April, July and October (quarterly) at 10:00 AM in the Albert E. Harrison Memorial Hall located at 180 Dalton Street, Ellijay, Ga., at the intersection of College Street, just across from the First Baptist Church. "Interim exam sessions conducted if sufficient requests received." Contact: DAVE MEADOWS, K4LDI prior to the Friday preceding the date of the exam session. Telephone 706-276-4043 or email,

Fayetteville, GA http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/fayetteville-ga-30214-4550-23

Gainesville, GA
1st Sunday of EVEN-numbered months (walk-ins allowed) at Johnson High School, 3305 Poplar Springs Rd. Gainesville. GA 30505
Directions: http://lanierlandarc.org/licensing.html
Contact: PERRY ROPER, KO4RD. 770-536-3056

Hinesville, GA
2nd Saturday of the month at 9:00 am
at Liberty County High School media center, E. Oglethorpe Hwy (US 84 East)
Contact: LARRY LOWE, AF4MI (912) 756-5988   Email:

Jackson, GA
Butts County ARES Group will have a ARRL test session November 19, 2011 at  9:00 AM  at the Butts County Recreation Center, 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson, GA. 30233. These ARRL Test sessions will be held on the 3rd Saturday of the odd month at this location.
Contact: JESSE W. PORTER W4DNS at 770-262-3303  or  W4DNS@ARRL.net  for information or to register.........

Kingsland, GA
Camden County Amateur Radio Society (CCARS) Testing sessions are held the first Sunday of each month at 4:00pm in the Conference Room of the Camden County Planning and Building Offices, between the library and the GBI building on Gross Road just off Hwy 40E in Kingsland (I-95 Exit 3). Please contact our VE team prior to the exam to reserve a seat. If you are upgrading, please be sure to bring a copy of you signed license. Special Appointment Exams are possible with advanced notice. More information, maps, and points of contact information can be found on our website; http://www.ccars.org/ve.htm  

LaGrange, GA
1st Sunday of every month at 900 Dallis Street at 2 PM.
(directions on webpage www.lagrangeradioclub.com
Contact: RICHARD MYERS, AD4VS  Email: ad4vs@mail.com

Lawrenceville, GA
Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society
Second Sunday , Start Time: 2:00 PM,
Location: Gwinnett County Fire Station #24 , Next to the Mall of Georgia at 2735 Mall of Georgia Blvd, Buford, GA 30519.
Contact: SID WEAVER, N4NQ, 770-995-7247,

McDonough, GA
1st Saturday of the even months at Eagles Landing First Baptist Church, 2400 Hwy 42 North, McDonough, GA Contact: BUTCH NITZ (678) 432-0143 nitzm@bellsouth.Net

Marietta, GA
3rd Saturday of each month at 9:00AM at the Church of Latter Day Saints, Methodist Church, 95 Holt Rd. Contact: DAVID STILL, WB4RRD (404) 630-1540 Email: wb4rrd@gmail.com 

Martinez, GA
1st Saturdays of even-numbered months at 9AM. Sponsored by the ARC of Augusta, and held at Warren Baptist Church, Washington Road, 1 mile north of I-20.
CONTACT: MARK CHEEK at mcheek@gadoe.gac.peachnet.edu or (706) 245-7226

Milledgeville, GA http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/milledgeville-ga-31061-3442-19

Newnan, GA http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/newnan-ga-30263-31

Peachtree City, GA http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/fayetteville-ga-30214-4550-23

Rome, GA
Northwest Georgia Amateur Radio Club W5YI-VEC Testing Session
Second Tuesday of ODD numbered months (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Nov) Location - Senior Citizen's Center, Riverside Parkway, Rome, GA Advance registration required. If no participants registered, the session will be cancelled. Contact Bill Dickert [phone 770-546-0539] or e-mail kd4ekz@arrl.net for more information or to register.

Savannah, GA
The Coastal Amateur Radio Society (CARS) is doing most of the testing now. It is on an as needed basis.
For more information Contact: STEVE JOANAS, K4SDJ at

Statesboro, GA
Statesboro Amateur Radio Society
Throughout this year, on the Sunday immediately following the second Thursday of each odd-numbered month. The test sessions will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at the offices of the Bulloch County Chapter of the American Red Cross, in the "Outreach Center" here in Statesboro.

Stone Mountain, GA
Alford Memorial Radio Club - ARRL / VEC
2nd Saturday of ODD-numbered months at 8:30 am at Stone Mountain United Methodist Church, 5312 W. Mountain St.
Contact: BOB VARONE, W4ETN (770) 978-3179  Email:

Thomasville, GA
3rd Saturday of every month at 10 AM
at the Thomas County EOC,1202 Remington Avenue (shares the building with the Fire Station)
JOHN SWICORD KE4RWR Email: ke4rwr@arrl.net

Valdosta, GA http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/valdosta-ga-31602-2532-37

Warner Robins, GA
The new meeting and testing location for the CGARC is at the following address:
First Christian Church, 100 North Houston Rd,, Warner Robins, GA.
Meetings are every second Thursday at 7:30pm and VE sessions at 6:30pm. Contact SCOTT NOLDE, N4CI at kd5zef@gmail.com.

Waynesboro, GA
The location of the exams: Citizens Park Gymnasium 102 GA Highway 24 S Waynesboro GA 30830
Web Page: http://birddogve.com/our-ve-exams/
Contact: JOHN MAC DONALD, K4BR K4BR john.k4br@gmail.com

General information for exam sessions "to get your Ticket".

The administrative procedures of most exam sessions are very similar to each other. The following information should be applicable to all exam sessions in this listing. However, it is advisable to check with the session coordinator to be sure you have everything you need BEFORE you show up.

Most all of the sessions are walk-in, i.e., there is no pre-registration required.

Please bring two (2) forms of identification with you. One that includes a picture of the applicant on the ID, like a drivers license or a student ID. The other form of Identification needs to be proof of your Social Security number.

Parents should provide some form of identification for non-driving minors. Social Security Card or number will be needed. Other forms of acceptable ID include passports, library cards with photo, or School Student ID.

There is an administration fee for all of the tests of about $14.00. It might be more or less depending on the VE Group running the test.

If you are coming to a test session, to take your first Technician Test. Bring yourself, your IDs, your favorite pencil or pen, and your calculator. Leave your nervousness at home because we want you to get your license.

If you are coming to upgrade your license, bring your IDs and both the originals and photocopies of your current amateur license and any Certificates proving credit from previous exams that you have taken. These will be needed to show competition of prior exams for your upgrade.

Calculators are allowed, but you must be able to show the examiner team that the memories of any programmable calculators have been cleared before the exam starts.

All needed forms will be supplied by the exam teams - it will not be necessary to bring an FCC form 610. Pencils and scratch paper are provided at most of the sessions, but you should probably have one pen or pencil of your own.

You should arrive at the exam site at least 15 minutes before the exam is scheduled to start to begin paperwork processing. No one will be admitted while a code exam is being given and a code exam, once given, will usually not be repeated that day, even if you are late.

Please keep in mind that the exam team members are all volunteers and are donating their time to help you obtain your license. They make every effort to be professional and efficient in the exam process, but they ARE volunteers.

We are blessed with more frequent test sessions here in Atlanta than probably anywhere else in the country, so a lot of folks are putting in their time. We enjoy doing it or we'd simply quit, but an occasional "thanks" makes it that much more enjoyable.

FCC License Renewals and FCC License Expiration Notices

Amateurs may renew their FCC-issued licenses "on line" via the FCC web using FCC ULS.
FCC permits on-line renewals at 90 days or less before a license will expire. If a license is already expired, but is within the FCC's two-year grace period for renewal, the FCC will not accept an on-line application--but they will continue to accept Form 605 requests for renewal when submitted by mail to: FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd, Gettysburg PA 17325-7245.

Amateurs may continue to renew their licenses within 90 days before the license expiration date, or within the two-year license grace period after expiration, using FCC Form 605 by mail to: FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd, Gettysburg PA 17325-7245.

The FCC will be resuming their mailing of notifications to amateurs just prior to their license expiration. FCC-license renewals are FREE (no renewal charge or fee is required by FCC).

Presently, expiration notices are sent from ARRL HQ to ARRL Members only!
These ARRL-Member-only notices include a cover letter with instructions for renewing electronically or by mail, an FCC Form 605 with instructions, and an envelope addressed to FCC. ARRL Members may also choose to forward their hardcopy, signed Forms 605 to HQ (to the ARRL/VEC,225 Main St, Newington CT 06111) and we will process them electronically (this FREE service is for ARRL Members only!).

Expiration notices are also sent to all amateurs from the W5YI Group in Dallas TX (handling fee is charged for their service).

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