If you are
interested in amateur radio, and would like to take the exam , the Albany/Troy VE Team (ATVET) stands ready to assist.
ATVET is a joint effort of the Albany Amateur Radio Association (AARA), and the Troy Amateur Radio Association (TARA).
We are affiliated with the ARRL/VEC, and have been proud to provide testing opportunities since 1984.
recommend that you check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you prepare for the exam.
f you have
any questions, please feel free to phone (evenings and weekends) at
518-339-4104, or e-mail me at
Hope to see you on the bands.
Chris D'Allaird, AK2CD
Please, keep in mind that from time-to-time the schedule gets changed as the season goes on. We recommend that you check back here often to confirm the dates/times you're interested in haven't been changed/canceled.
(Doors will Close)
April 14, 2018
May 12, 2018
July 11, 2018
August 11, 2018
TVET will again be holding their exam
sessions in the C.I.I. Building (Low Center for Industrial Innovations), Room 3045, on the
Campus of RPI. Examination room doors will open 40 minutes prior to the exam time, with exams starting at the
times indicated above. NOBODY will be admitted into the exam room after the starting time.
ATVET never requires any pre-registration for any of their exams. Starting January 1, the fee charged all applicants at ARRL VEC-coordinated Amateur Radio examination sessions will be $15.00 either cash, or check ( payable to
). This fee is required from all candidates taking any of the exam elements offered by this team.
Make sure you bring proper identification (either one picture ID or two
non-picture IDs). Also bring all of your original documentation (current
license, CSCEs...etc.), along with photocopies, calculators, pens and
pencils to the exam session. Candidates should bring their Social
Security numbers to place on the application form (FCC Form 605). The
Social Security Number is required to register in ULS and CORES. Anyone
needing special handicap arrangements is asked to call in advance. The
CII Building is handicapped accessible.
Talk-in on 145.17/R .
allows you to search the
ARRL website for upcoming exam sessions.
Here is a link
to a local group holding classes:
Area Radio Enthusiasts (CARE)
Q. Do I need to pre-register for an ATVET session?
A. We do not require pre-registration for most candidates, but we do strongly encourage candidates to call
ahead if any of the following apply:
- Candidates with physical disabilities
who would request special accommodations.
- Candidates who wish to obtain grandfathering
credit for the General Class written test (Ele.3).
- Parents or guardians of children under 18
years of age (to make sure that the Social Security Number
and proper ID will be available).
Q. What should I bring to the exam?
A. Bring the items listed below.
- Your Social Security Number
- $15.00 exam fee (cash, check, or
money order payable to ARRL/VEC)
- Original and photocopy of current
FCC amateur license
- Original and photocopy of CSCE documents from
prior exam sessions
- Pens and pencils
- Simple battery or
- Special documentation if credit is requested
for Element 3 (General class written) for Technician Class licenses
issued prior to 3/21/87.
Q.What materials are not allowed at the exam session?
A. DO NOT bring these items!
- Study materials
- Programmable calculators
- Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)
- Palm Pilots/devices with a keyboard
- Cell phones or pagers
Q. What are acceptable photo IDs?
Any one (1) of the following:
- Driver's License with photograph
- Non-drivers Photo ID
- Passport or Passport card
- Military Photo ID
- FCC Radiotelegraph License with photo
Q. What are acceptable non-photo IDs?
two (2) of the following:
- Non-photo ID/driver's
license (some states still have them)
- Social Security Card
- Birth certificate (must
have the appropriate seal)
- Minor's work permit
- School report card
- School ID card
- Library card
- Utility bill, bank
statement or other business correspondence that
specifically names the person
- Postmarked envelope
addressed to the person at his or her current
mailing address as it appears on the Form 605
Q. How do I get registered in CORES (FRN Numbers or ULS (Taxpayer ID number)
A. As of 12/3/01, all candidates for new licenses and upgrades must have FCC-assigned CORES (FRN) numbers and ULS (Tax-payer identification) numbers.
If you are not already registered in CORES and ULS, the ARRL/VEC will perform the registration as part of the exam processing.
The QRZ Daily FCC Report
Check out past reports in our
Looking for a new license or upgrade?
Our daily reports come directly from the FCC. It usually takes about 7 to
10 days for any new license or upgrade action to make it through the
government bureaucracy. When the FCC posts an update, we typically have
it online within 24 hours. The FCC also has
an official web site where you can
check their records for your callsign.
Troy Amateur Radio Association - N2TY
145.170/R * Troy's Full Service Repeaters * 447.075/R