Chico VEC and Licensing
Club Information

The GEARS VEC Committee is a group of volunteer examiners who are authorized by the FCC to provide examinations for amateur radio licenses. The exams will be offered at the Butte County Search and Rescue facility at 3898 Morrow Lane in Chico.  The cost of the exam is $6.50 and you can take more than one exam for the same cost.

Practice Exams:
- Hamexam
- QRZ Ham Exam
- AA9PW Exam 

What to bring to the exam session:
-  Check or Cash in the amount of $10.00;
-  Two forms of identification, at least one containing a recognizable photo, such as a current drivers license, State ID, School ID or passport;
-  Unexpired Certificate of Successful Completion Examination (CSCE) if applicable;
-  A #2 pencil and BLACK ink pen;
-  A calculator is acceptable, however, the memory must be cleared before the exam session begins;
-  Photocopy of existing license if upgrading to another class.

When you pass your exam:
The GEARS VEC is an FCC VEC.  When candidates pass their exam, the results go directly to the FCC.  New licenses will know their new call sign by Tuesday or Wedensday from a call from the GEARS VEC.  You will be given an instruction sheet on how to check your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and how to register on the FCC Universial Licensing System (ULS) and how to obtain your official copy of your license.

Application Form
The NCVEC Form 605 is the form used for new license applications, upgrades, renewals, address change and systematic call sign changes.  Submit this form to the GEARS VEC. Do not send this form to the FCC.
Important Dates to Remember
The question pool for each license level changes periodically.  Be sure to study for the correct level and from the correct pool as follows:
Technician:  July 1, 2014 is valid until June 30, 2018
General:  July 1, 2015  is valid until June 30, 2019
Extra:  July 1, 2016 is valid until June 30, 2020
Tom Rider, W6JS
(530) 893-9211

A total of six Exam Sessions have been scheduled for 2017.  All of the remaining Exam Sessions listed below will begin at 2:00 pm and walk - ins are accepted.

Next Exam Dates:
June 4th
August 6th
October 1st
December 3rd