Victor Valley

Amateur Radio Club


P.O. BOX 91
Apple Valley, California U.S.A.

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Ham Radio Technician Training - 2017

Sponsored by the Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club

  • NO MORSE CODE REQUIRED for any ham radio license!
  • VOICE OVER THE INTERNET (use computers as a radio link)


Pre-registration, at least one week prior to the first class is mandatory. Strongly recommend that you contact POC at least 30 DAYS prior to the class. This expanded time will allow YOU to ORDER a copy of the TEXTBOOK, via internet, and begin reading well before the class starts. There is an additional $10.00 charge if you just show up at the door with your book.

In addition, will provide information on websites that provide test question reviews and practice exams. Downloading Class Flyer, listed below, will provide you with hard copy of all class related information. Downloading Practice Exam program instruction letter, listed below, will allow you to set up an account with and review all test related questions. Additionally you may take practice exams to check your knowledge of the material as you study the book.

The Gordon West TECHNICIAN CLASS FCC Element 2 Amateur Radio License Preparation book (2014-2018) is used for this class. (ISBN 978-0-945053-79-8) Retail price $21.95.

Textbooks can be purchased via the internet. Make sure it is the correct edition - 2014-2018. The present book has a yellow colored cover.

This book can be purchased via the W5YI website at:

Select the 2014-2018 Technician Study material link in RED.

The stock number for the book is GWTM-14

Purchases over the telephone are available via 1-800-669-9594

Send an e-mail to: Dick (KI6IXL)
Please include your Name, Address, Contact Phone Number, & E-Mail Address!

Technician Classes

When: 1st, 2nd & 3rdSaturday(s) in February, May, August, and November 2017

Class Date Times * Testing Registration Cut-off
February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 7:30am to 4:30pm Feb 25th 12:30 pm January 25th, 2017
May 6th, 13th, & 20th 7:30am to 4:30pm May 27th 12:30 pm April 26th, 2017
August 5th, 12th, & 19th 7:30am to 5:00pm Aug 26th 12:30 pm July 26th, 2017
November 4th, 11th, & 18th 7:30am to 5:00pm Nov 25th 12:30pm October 25th 2017

* 1-hour lunch break between 12pm and 1pm ("Brown Bag" if you wish)

Where: Conference Room D in Victorville City Hall located at 14343 Civic Drive, Victorville CA 92392 Classroom Location

Cost: $ 25.00 (cash only) per person payable at the beginning of the first class - with pre-registration. $35.00 (cash only) without pre-registration, space permitting. Remember YOU are responsible for purchasing the textbook.

FCC exams will be given by the W5YI Group VEC's at the Spring Valley Lake Community Center

2017 HAM Radio Technician Class Flyer

QRZ Ham Radio Test Instructions in PDF format

Online Practice Exams

QRZ practice exams

Android Ham Test App

Ham Test Online

eHam Testing

FCC Universal Licensing System

After you pass your test, wait at least 7, non holiday, calendar working days (Monday - Friday) and then check with the FCC Universal Licensing System to look for your call sign and/or to verify your upgrade status. Click Here for instructions - Use Selection 1 procedures.

Additional VE Testing in the extended local area

Victor Valley

W5YI will provide HAM testing sessions on:

4th Saturday - January through May
3rd Saturday - June
4th Saturday - July - November
3rd Saturday - December

Tests are held in Rm CB-3 at the Spring Valley Lake Community Center, 12975 Rolling Ridge Dr, Victorville, CA 92395 starting at 1230 hrs. The cost is $14.00 (cash only). Walk-ins are welcome. Testing is available for all classes of license. All candidates must bring a picture ID, Social Security Number and if you are upgrading, a copy of your current amateur radio license (if any) and a copy of any CSCEs (showing privileges above those listed on license) you hold.

For more information, you can contact our VE Coordinator, Bruce Hunter, W6WW,

Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group - Hesperia

The first Saturday of every odd-numbered month there is a GLAARG (Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group) test session in Hesperia.

Tests are held at Fire Station 305 at 8331 Caliente Road, Hesperia. Registration starts at 8:30 AM. The cost is $5.00. See Contact info below. Testing is available for all classes of license. All candidates must bring a picture ID, and if you are upgrading, you need the original and a copy of your amateur license and any CSCEs you hold.

Contact: To pre-register or request information, contact Bruce Hunter (W6WW) at 760-247-2955.

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Located at 8331 Caliente Rd Hesperia (Thomas Guide page 4565 C2)

The Inland ARC

Date: 2nd Thursday on each month

Time: 5:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: Samuel C. Eller, (909) 796-2996, Email:

Location: Loma Linda FIre Station-EOC Rm, 11325 Loma Linda Dr, Loma Linda CA 92354-9999


Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed) pre coordination suggested. SIGN IN AT 8:30 AM, BRING PHOTO ID AND COPY OF CURRENT HAM LICENSE or CSCE (if upgrading)

Contact: Michael McDonald, (909) 723-3192,


COST: $15.00 (cash or check)

Location: Patton State Hospital, 3102 E Highland Ave, Highland CA 92346-210. In the Staff Development Ctr Bldg Follow the VE Testing Signs

Big Bear ARC testing

The last Sunday of every month (excluding Dec.) at 1:00 PM
Location: Big Bear Lake Fire Dept.- Training room
41090 Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Contact: Tom Fry, KF6Q: (951) 790-6291

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ARRL/VEC Testing on old March AFB

While walkins are accepted - please pre-register for exams on 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 PM.
Location: American Forces Network-Broadcast Center
23755 Z Street, Riverside CA 92518-2073

Contact: Bruce V. Ziemienski, (951) 232-3725

Directions: Take 1-15 South, transition onto I-215 south. Continue I215 south, past State route 60, and exit on Cactus AV. Head east on Cactus AV 1.7 mile and turn right on Riverside Dr. Continue 0.2 miles, turn left on Z St. Facility will be on right between 4th and 5th streets.

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FCC Question Pool

please note: there are several pages of change notes before the actual questions

2014-2018 Technician Questions
2014-2018 Technician Graphic
2015-2019 General Questions
2015-2019 General Graphic
2016-2020 Extra Questions
2016-2020 Extra Graphic

VE Testing organizations

1.) The ARRL/VEC (SW Division) provides testing in the following locations throughout the calendar year

Agoura Hills // Anaheim // Banning // Bishop // Carlsbad Cypress // Downey // Fountain Valley // Hemet // Highland La Habra // La Verne // Laguna Beach // Lakeside // Loma Linda Long Beach // Los Angeles // Moreno Valley // Mission Viejo // Orange Pasadena // Rancho Cucamonga // Rancho Palos Verdes // Redlands Redondo Beach // Riverside // Santa Barbara // Santa Clarita Santa Maria // Thousand Oaks // Torrance // Van Nuys

Visit their website at:

Search by city name and state of California

2.) Additional Testing locations, by city name, are available from the W5YI website at:

Unfortunately, you will have to contact the POC directly to obtain date, time and physical location information.

3.) Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group

visit their website at:

You will have to sort this database by ZIPCODE since the city name is contained within the physical location column. So it would help if you researched the ZIPCODEs that you might be interested in beforehand.