How do I prepare?
Study, Study, Study!
There is a lending library for those who desire to hit the books, but without the funds to do so and the members of CMARC are always happy to help you earn your way out on the air.
The Lansing testing sessions are all proctored by the "Ingham County VE Group" at the Ingham County Sheriff's Dept. in Mason. If you have a special event you would like the VE team to set up testing for, contact Don and they will do their best to accomodate. You can reach Team Contact Person Don McLain/KB8RAD at (517) 694-0812 or KB8RAD@arrl.net and he can answer any questions you may have!
Jim Lakin W8JRL, Head VE
Don McLain KB8RAD, Contact Person (KB8RAD@arrl.net or (517) 694-0812)
John Doornhaag KD8NNQ
John Hosford KC8QZB
Russ Fitzgerald N8FZ
Ted Sadilek WA8MFQ
Ben Barker WD8OVL
Julie McLain KB8ZXR
Directions: We meet at the Ingham County Sheriff's Dept. in Mason.
It's easy to find! Just take US 127 south to the N. Cedar Street Mason exit (Exit 66) and turn left. Go south on Cedar, then turn left onto Curtis Street (between A&W and Subway). Follow it back to the Ingham Co. Sheriff's Office parking lot on the left and follow the sidewalk to the left wing of the building to the "Training Center" door.
The Exams will be held in the Sgt. Paul Cole Training Room just inside the building entrance and we'll have VE Exam signs posted for extra help.
To best accomodate the various schedules in testing participants lives, the VE team meets on different days of the week.
On the ODD MONTHS testing sessions will be held on the second Saturday of the Month at 11:00AM, once again at the Ingham County Sheriff's Dept. in Mason.
On the EVEN MONTHS testing sessions will be held on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00PM, once again at the Ingham County Sheriff's Dept. in Mason.
2014 Schedule of VE Sessions
Thursdays at 7:00 PM:
Saturdays at 11:00 AM:
Jan. 11th - CANCELED
June 28th, at the 2014 CMARC Field Day in Rayner Park, Mason, MI!!!
July 26th, at the 2014 CMARC Outdoor Hamfest!!!
Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area HERE.
General Info & Requirements:
Just remember to bring your...
- Original license (if you have one) and a copy
- Two (2) pieces of positive ID (one being a photo ID, such as your Driver's License, the other can be a birth certificate, Social Security card, and students may bring a school ID card, etc.)
- Bring the $15 test fee (or $30, just in case you fail the first version of the test and wish to take the second one)
- A calculator is optional (please note: the memory will need to be cleared if it is a programmable type!)
- #2 pencils along with a black or blue pen, which are necessary for filling out the test and application.
- You'll also need to know your Social Security number or FRN number for that application.
- You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. However, scratch paper will be provided.
Why? It's Fun!
Part of the fun of earning your Amateur Radio license is taking and passing the entrance exam for the Techician Class License. We have had people come through the doors and take ALL of the exams and walk out an Extra, which is exciting, but we celebrate each and every new licensee equally.
Below are a few of our recent, as well as not-so-recent successful candidates. Keep checking back and see who is added to the scrapbook.
Left Pic:It's all in a day's work for Lansing's Emergency Mgr., Trent Atkins and nephew, Joshua as they celebrate with their new CSCE. Right Pic: He's all smiles! Ryan is ready to play radio, once his callsign is revealed.
Antoni (left) beams with his freshly minted CSCE and plans to work with SKYWARN this year. Ken (right) is equally happy with his. When a class comes through like this, the credit goes to the students, as well as the teacher(s).
Left Pic:(l-r) Don (KB8RAD), Jim (W8JRL), Bob (K8RDN) and Amy (successful candidate) celebrate her new Technician CSCE. She is K8RDN's Daughter, by the way! Right Pic:Keegan (K1CJN) and Jason (K8JDS) are all smiles after earning their General Class upgrades in Lansing