We are conducting live in-person electronic tablet testing!

REGISTRATION Instructions:

  • You MUST include a valid email and your phone number during registration.
  • We DO NOT accept walk-ins, please REGISTER.
  • Please arrive between 5:15 PM and 5:30 PM local Mountain Time.
  • The exams starts promptly at 5:30 PM
  • NOTE: Permission to start an exam after 5:30PM will be at the discretion of the Volunteer Examiners!
  • We REQUIRE that you register with an FCC FRN (FCC Registration Number). Click Here to obtain your FRN now.
  • Be sure your “registration name” matches your “FRN name” EXACTLY!

Exam Location Information:

  • Exams are held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building at 3026 South Ave West in Missoula, MT.
  • Please park on the North side of the building. * Enter through the North door, which is on the back of the building, the side opposite from South Avenue. Enter through the door and go to the left. Go past the men’s room to the first door on the right.

What to bring to the exam session:

  • $14.00 cash (exact change) Thank You.
  • Two forms of ID. One ID must have a picture of you, for example, a Drivers License or Passport.
  • Optionally bring a 4 function calculator on which all programming has been erased. Calculators on: cell phones, tablets, or laptops are NOT permitted.
  • Bring the PIN that is generated when you REGISTER. We can provide your pin if you forget it.
  • When you have completed all of the exams that you wish to take, Finish and Sign Forms, then wait until you are given the OK that all is done. Please leave the tablet and stylus on the chair you sat in.

At the Exam Session:

• State your name and take a seat where indicated.

• Place your payment and ID on a chair next to you.

• Please silence your cell phone.

Exam Session FAQs:

• If you are 12 years of age or younger, do not register for an exam session until your parent or guardian has filled out the COPPA Parental Consent Form https://blog.hamstudy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ExamTools_COPPA_form.pdf and emailed it to coppa@examtools.org. Please send a courtesy copy to pshuey000@gmail.com

• The tests will be given on Electronic Touch Screen Tablets.

• If you pass Element 2 (Technician), you may take Element 3 (General). If you pass Element 3, you may take Element 4 (Extra). We recommend taking the next element, even if you have not studied for it, as you get to see what the next exam is like! These second/third exams are at NO extra charge.

• If you fail an element, you may re-take the exam for an additional $14 fee, time permitting.

• If you pass one or more elements, a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) will be emailed to you at the email address that you supplied during registration.

• If you have an expired Ham Radio license, PLEASE let us know. Click Here. By passing the Technician exam, you will get your expired license back, with a new callsign, up to and including the Extra class.

•Exam results are electronically submitted for processing at the end of the exam session, it usually takes 1 business day for the submissions to be processed. Then the FCC will send an email to you, with a link to the site where you can pay the $35 FCC fee online. You must pay the fee within 10 days, or your submission will be deleted.

•Sometimes the FCC email to pay the $35 fee fails. You can check to see if they are ready for you to pay the fee by going to this site and logging in with your FRN. Click Here

•To see if your license has been posted, use your FRN to check the ULS database. Click Here

• To cancel your registration, or advise us of your late arrival Click Here.

If this session if full, check back later, as we have occasional cancellations, and when demand is high, we may add sessions.

  • Finally, if you have a question about an exam, then Click Here.
  • This is a link to our Club Web Site. Click Here
  • You MUST include a valid email and your phone number during registration.

To REGISTER Click Here.


Over 30 Years of License Examinations – A History in the Missoula Area: FCC examinations administered by volunteers began in the Missoula area in 1984. The first examinations were conducted by Hellgate ARC volunteer examiners: W7ERV (x KY7I), Erv Davis; W7XT (x K7CHY), Dick Walton and K7VK (x WA7DEO) Vick Applegate.

Since 1984 we have administered nearly monthly examination sessions to 1227 candidates. 741 new licenses or upgrades have been issued in 280 exam sessions! The success rate is 61%. Since 1991, 65% have been Technician licensees. We administer examinations for W5YI-VEC.

Forty volunteer examiners have participated in our program.
Our current volunteer examiners include; N7PAS, N7JGS, K7MTD, AG7FH, W7RPG, KJ7PCR, N7GE. For additional information about the Hellgate ARC examination program or schedule, contact the Coordinating Volunteer Examiner (CVE) at harc.ve.testing@gmail.com.