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To those who have contacted ARCSquared about the General  Class at the Red Cross ,here is some information for you:


Class      Date:       Saturday and Sunday, January 16 and 17, 2016

Location:                Red Cross Chapter, 209 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004


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  NOTICE: As a Staff member or volunteer of the Northern New Jersey Regional Chapter, you have the opportunity to participate in a free class to prepare you for a General Ham Radio license test. 


Specifics regarding the class:-


The class is Saturday and Sunday


Class:  Saturday  and Sunday  8:00 am  to 5pm 


VE session (test) Sunday  1:30pm


·       ARCSquared supplies the instructor and the people to give the exam and light refreshments.  In addition, we take a break for lunch at around 12pm and  the test takers can either bring a sandwich or go out to one of the local delis or restaurants.

·       Costs:- The FCC (VEC) charges $15 for the test.  We recommend  that the students buy a book or download a free version and study in advance to become familiar with the questions on the exam.  We do Have a donation plate to cover the snacks and coffee we supply.

For more information about the class, and study guides and assistance in studying, contact Dave Everson

Reservations are very much appreciated


Test  info:

 Materials and test questions:-

·       Link to the Study sheet here  Participants are asked to commit as much of this to memory as they can.   There are many exam questions that are based on the information on this sheet.

There is also a study guide we found on the internet  and made available here : (link)

·       If you are going to purchase a book, the book we recommend is by Gordon West.  (available locally and from}  There are also several other books that cover the same materials and all contain all of the possible FCC exam questions along with answers and explanations.  One is by the ARRL.  Locally, books for the technician test can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, KGI electronics on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, and are also probably available at your local library. 

·       There are several places online where sample tests can be taken, a powerful tool toward passing the exam.  Links can be found on our Archives page on the web site.

·       Although some of the materials attached look a little intimidating, once you get familiar with the materials, it really isn’t.  And the test itself is very forgiving.  It is possible to pass without mastering all of this material.  Twelve of 15 staff and volunteers passed in the first exam.  About an equal proportion pass at each test.  You can greatly increase your odds by doing some studying in advance as is suggested here.

 The use of a book is recommended because it gives you a well rounded understanding of the materials and explains each question area thoroughly.  Much better than just recognizing the correct multiple choice answer.  We find that participants that successfully pass the exam largely have studied the sheet and familiarized themselves with key sections of the book.  And have drilled themselves on the sample tests available on the internet. 

 However, many have passed the test by just memorizing the materials attached, and a certain number have passed by just attending the class and taking the exam, but I wouldn’t recommend this latter course.

Question:  What do I have to bring with me to the test???


1.       Several No 2 Pencils, with eraser ends

2.       2 forms of ID, one a picture ID.  Legal residents only. You must put your Social Security number on the FCC form to receive your ham license from the FCC!

3.     The original and a photocopy of your Technician license, if you are so licensed.  If not, you must pass the Technician exam before you can take the General exam.

4.       A pen

5.       A calculator.  Programmable or graphing calculators are not allowed

6.       Lunch, or the ability to pop out quickly for lunch, and also a couple of snacks to get you through the day.

7.       $15 the cost of the exam.  Checks are preferred, payable to ARRLVEC but cash is accepted

There is no additional fee to take the next exam, if you pass your first exam, i.e. you may take the Extra exam should you pass General.  However, there is an additional $15 fee if you wish to retake a failed exam. 



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