Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS) - Volunteer Examiner Team

We are located 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.

*** FRN Numbers are REQUIRED - See below ***



Second Sunday of each month starting promptly at 2:00pm.  Doors open at 1:45pm.


EAA 690 Hangar
Gwinnett County Airport – Briscoe Field
690 Airport Rd
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

*** If you live in North
Carolina or South Carolina and haven't found an exam session closer to home, please check out too.


  • Exam Fee: $14.00 (CASH ONLY)


  • A Government Issued Photo ID (Driver's license, Passport, etc.)
  • An FRN (REQUIRED - see note below)
  • Minors without a Photo ID must bring their Social Security Card and Birth Certificate
  • Face Mask - Preferred (but not mandatory)
  • 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
  • A simple 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
  • Face Masks:  Preferred (but not mandatory)
  • Temperature Checks:  If you don’t feel well, please be respectful of our volunteers and stay home.
*** As per the W5YI-VE manual – section 1.3:
*** Volunteer examiners are under no obligation to test anyone should they desire not to for any reason.
*** 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)


An FRN (FCC Registration Number) is now REQUIRED. If you already have an Amateur Radio license, your FRN will appear on your license. If you are unlicensed, you can obtain an FRN 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))


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)

ADDITIONAL Exam Sessions:

(ARRL – Find an Exam Session Near You)


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


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



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