Volunteer Examiner Coordinator:  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 given at the Butte County Search and Rescue facility at 3965 Morrow Lane in Chico at 2pm on the months indicated below. Call the GEARS VEC, Tom Rider, W6JS for further information. 

Before going to the test secession you must have an FRN number & a current email address. To obtain an FCC FRN number go to: “FCC Registration–Login”. Fill out the information it is requesting. Bring a copy of your FRN number & your current email address to the test session.  

GEARS VEC: Tom Rider, W6JS; 1-530-514-9211 or 

Schedule for the GEARS VEC Testing for 2022.

February 6th, April 3rd, June 5th, August 7th, October 2nd, December 4th


Practice Exams.

What to Bring

  • Check or cash in the amount of $15.00;
  • 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 Completion Examination (CSCE) if applicable;
  • A #2 pencil and BLACK 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 licensee’s will know their new call sign by  Monday or Tuesday from from the GEARS VEC.  When you passed your exam,  you should have been given an instruction sheet on how to check your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and how to register on the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) and how to obtain your official copy of your license. If you didn’t get one, contact, and he will send you a copy of it.

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.

Question Pools:  The Question pool for each license level changes every four years.  Be sure to study from the correct ARRL study guide and from the correct question pool.

Question Pool Longevity

  • Technician: July 1st 2018 to June 30th 2022
  • General: July 1st 2019 to June 30th 2023
  • Extra: July 1st 2020 to June 30th 2024

Other Local Volunteer Testing

Yuba-Sutter Amateur Radio Club Contact LeRoy Smith KJ6DKM at Redding ARRL VEC Team