Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society - Volunteer Examiner Team

The Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS) resides in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Our Volunteer Examiner (VE) Team conducts Amateur Radio testing for all classes of Amateur Radio licenses prepared by the W5YI-VEC group.

GARS-VE-TEAM Exam Schedule - Second Sunday Every Month:


2nd Sunday of each month starting at 2:00pm.
(Click here for a full listing of dates)


Gwinnett County Fire Station #24
Community Room
2735 Mall of Georgia Blvd
Buford, GA 30519


  • Exam Fee: $14.00 (CASH ONLY)


  • A Government Issued Photo ID (Driver's license, Passport, etc.)
  • Social Security Card (if unlicensed), unless you already have an FRN
  • Minors without a Photo ID must bring their Social Security Card and Birth Certificate
  • Original Amateur license and 2 copies – if any
  • Original CSCE for outstanding license upgrade and 2 copies – if any
  • Pen and Pencil with an eraser
  • Calculator (Memory must be cleared) - CELL PHONES ARE NOT ALLOWED
  • Exam fee is currently $14.00 – CASH ONLY – CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED
  • Walk-ins are welcome, no pre-registration required

*** Cell phones, Smart watches, Bluetooth headsets, earbuds, etc. MUST BE TURNED OFF AND PUT AWAY ***
(The ARRL has an excellent write-up on What to Bring to an Exam Session Here)


Take Practice Exams:

We recommend that you use multiple websites when taking practice exams. Not all websites seem to pick questions as randomly as what appears on the actual exams. All exams should use questions from the official Question Pools as determined by the NCVEC (National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators). Google search “ham practice exam” for additional websites.
(ARRL – Practice Exams)

Get an FRN:

In this day and age where identity theft is a major concern, it is recommended that you personally register and receive your FRN (FCC Registration Number) directly from the FCC’s website. To register and receive your FRN, click on the following link, and click on the REGISTER button.
(FCC – FRN Registration)

605 Form:

Save time by printing out a filled out 605 form before you go. Download the NCVEC 605 Form by clicking on this link, fill it out, and print. It will not only save you time once you get to your exam session, but it can avoid data entry mistakes of your information made due to poor penmanship.
(NCVEC 605 Form (PDF))

Additional Exam Sessions:

(ARRL – Find an Exam Session Near You)

Additional New Ham Info:

73solutions – Contains lots of good information on getting started in Ham Radio.


This group is restricted to members of the GARS VE Team.

If you have questions regarding an upcoming exam session, feel free to email "exams" at "gars" dot "org".
Contact: Sid Weaver N4NQ
Phone: 770-995-7247


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