We are conducting live in-person testing again!

Examinations take place before each monthly meeting in Missoula, except December. If you require another test session date, please contact one of the volunteer examiners to see if an alternate date can be coordinated for you. Our examinations are scheduled for walk-in candidates.  The complete question/answer pools are on the ARRL web site, http://www.arrl.org/question-pools . No pre-registration is required.  Just show up with:

  • your photo ID,
  • you must have an FRN number prior to coming to the testing session,
  • a copy of your current license and/or
  • copies of certificates of successful completion of prior examination elements since your current license.
  • Per the W5YI-VEC, the examination fee is $14.00 cash.

Testing area will be set up between 5:00-5:30PM and Testing will began promptly at 5:30PM, and end at 6:30PM.

Please contact our Volunteer Exam Coordinator (VEC) for more information.

Amateur Radio Classes

No local classes are scheduled at this time.


Operation requires a Federal Communications Commission license.   Operation is governed by these rules,  47 C.F.R. Part 97.  Here’s a link to the complete set of Part 97 amateur radio rules. A license is granted through an examination. 

License renewal is easy and online at the FCC website.  Here are helpful instructions on renewing your license. Other organizations will renew licenses for a fee, such as ARRL and W5YI

Application, Form 605

The license application form 605 is supplied at the examination session.


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 both W5YI-VEC and ARRL-VEC.

Thirty-six volunteer examiners have participated in our program. Our volunteer examiners include; K7PX, K7VK, NN8A, NQ7D, N7DXT,  N7GE, W7GJ, AE7MH, N7MSU, KJ7NL, N7PAS,  WA7W, W7XT, and WV7Z. For additional information about the Hellgate ARC examination program or schedule, contact one of the many local volunteer examiners.