In-Person VE testing

Brackett Field Airport in La Verne

GOTAhams is delighted to be sponsoring Frank Westphal’s team of ARRL-VEC examiners in resuming monthly in-person testing. Tests will be held on the LAST Saturday of each month at 1PM in the Pilots Lounge of the Brackett Field Airport in La Verne (map below). No test is held in December due to conflict with the holiday season.  Walk-ins are allowed, but you are strongly encouraged to contact Frank at 909-257-7205 in advance. Please leave a message with your contact information and indicate which license level(s) you are pursuing. Please bring $15.00 for the A.R.R.L. VEC 2023 exam fee. ($5 if under 18). Payment must be cash or check – no credit cards or electronic payment methods. Also, please review the ‘preparation’ link below to ensure that you have completed the other required preparations for a successful test. You MUST bring an FCC FRN number to the test event – contact us if you need help with creating this on the FCC website. Social Security Numbers are no longer adequate. You MUST bring ORIGINAL copies of an CSCE’s for which you wish to obtain past exam credit and you MUST bring an OFFICIAL COPY of any existing FCC Amateur Radio License for which you desire credit. (Remember to sign  your license).  You MUST bring the email address that you have on file with the FCC so that they can contact you for billing of FCC fees, etc.  You must bring photo ID or similar qualifying ID (see ARRL page for details).  

Successful candidates will be contacted by the FCC for payment of any additional fees due before issuance of the license.  We are advised that, if and when the FCC bills you for the $35 license fee, you MUST pay within 10 days.   Also, the FCC has reported significant problems when candidates attempt to send payment using a smart phone or tablet. You are advised to use a computer.  Finally, the ARRL reminds you that you should not attempt to amend applications submitted on your behalf by the VEC.   If there is a problem contact the VEC for assistance. (The VEC for the testing at Bracket Field is the ARRL VEC).

GOTAhams is grateful to Frank and his team for their commitment to continue this long-standing volunteer effort, having conducted hundreds of prior exam sessions.

Contact: Mr. Frank C. Westphal at 909-257-7205 or K6FW@ARRL.NET
Time: Last Saturday Every Month, 1PM
Preparation: Please review this page:
Exam Fee (collected at test): $15.00 ($5.00 if under 18).
Information on FCC License Fees (NOT collected at test):

Map and Directions:
The pilot’s lounge is located in the terminal building also housing Norms Hanger Coffee Shop. Enter the front entrance and turn to the left just after the gift shop. The meeting room where the exams are held are one door down on the left.