Please contact our Volunteer Examiners (VEC) for more information on remote testing.

A Letter from one of our VEC’s, Paul N7PAS

Please contact our Volunteer Exam Coordinators (VEC’s) for more information on remote testing.

TO START, I have attached a list of places you can go to study for your license. I prefer this one: as it does the best job of teaching what you need to know and provides a money back guarantee if you don’t pass the test. The choice is yours as to which you use.
What ever method you choose, Take the on-line practice tests until you score a consistent 90% or better on all of the tests you are taking. You’ll than be ready to take the real one.

To the best of my knowledge live testing is on a permanent/temporary hold.
There currently are no live sessions scheduled here in Missoula that I am aware of (Thank you COVID-19). That may not change until the fire station where we use to meet lets us back in, maybe this fall, but as of right now there are none. If you do find one, please let me know.

ON THE TEST SIDE, remote testing is here. Take a look at these instructions (Examinee Guidebook, Practice Exam Sites) and follow them exactly. (I.E. read all of the instructions). Sign up (Register) for a session as shown on page 2.

Thank You and good luck.

New or Getting Started in Amateur Radio?

A fine website for getting started in amateur radio is on the ARRL website, The complete question/answer pools for the examination are on the ARRL website,

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 free 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

Call Sign Search

FCC Callsign Database Search

Application, Form 605

The license application form 605 is supplied at the examination session. One of the certifying questions is “I have read and will comply with section 97.13(c)…..and OST/OET Bulletin Number 65.”


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.