Amateur Radio at GNU Radio Conference

Volunteer Examiners from San Diego will be onsite to administer FCC Amateur Radio License Exams to registered attendees of the 2017 GNU Radio Conference. The exam is free for all GRCon17 attendees, and awesome HAM swag will be provided to everyone that passes their exam.

There are three FCC amateur radio license classes – Technician, General and Extra.  On your application, which we recommend you complete in advance, you will be able to make your selection.

Note that there is no longer a Morse code requirement. The web sites and are valuable sources of study information.

If you plan to sit for the exam, please note that you will need the following:
  1. Indicate in your GRCon17 registration that you intend to participate.
  2. An NCVEC Form 605.  Do not use the FCC Form 605.  The form must have your FCC registration number on the form.  The form may be downloaded here –
  3. To obtain a FRN, please go to
  4. At the exam, please present a legal photo ID (driver’s license or a passport).  If no photo ID is available, bring two original forms of identification.  No photocopies will be accepted.  These may include a non-photo ID/driver’s license, birth certificate (must be a certified copy), local library card, local utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names you, or a postmarked envelope addressed to you, with your current mailing address, as it appears on your Form 605.
  5. If you are testing for an upgrade, bring either the original and a copy of your current license, or the original and a copy of the certificate of successful completion of an examination from a previous session.
  6. Two (2) #2 pencils, with erasers, and a pen.
  7. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they’re free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phones’ calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.