Test Sessions

GHRC Amateur Radio License Testing Schedule
Test Location
What to bring to the test session
How to check the status of your new license
Special Field Day Amateur Radio Test Session
Training opportunities


GHRC Amateur Radio License Testing Schedule

2018 2019
March 3 March 9
June 9 June 8
*June 23 *June 29
September 8 September 7
December 8 December 7
Arrive to start your test between 9 AM and 10 AM.

Permission to start a test after 10 AM will be at the discretion of Volunteer Examiners! 

Note: Montana is a Daylight Savings Times state.
*Possible special test session at the Field Day site!  Check with us by email to be sure the Field Day session is a go!

Test Location:

  • Amateur Radio Test Sessions are usually held in the conference room of the Gallatin County Search & Rescue (SAR) Building at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds at 219 E. Tamarack Street, Bozeman.
  • The SAR building is located in the southeast most part of the grounds, and you’ll know you’re there when you see the two antenna towers and the big beam. Park on the north or west side of the building or where you see other cars lined up. Enter through the man-door on the north side of the building, between the two towers and next to the generator.
  • Testing is held the first Saturday AFTER the first Thursday during the following months: March, June, September, and December. This schedule may be revised. Special test dates may be posted in addition to those currently listed. Please check back on this site for further information. Contact us for more info! Walk-ins are OK – but it’s always nice to drop us an email and let us know you’re coming!
  • Please check back on this site the night before an exam, in case there is any last minute change of test location. Occasionally the SAR conference room may be needed by Search & Rescue, in which case we will post a new location on this webpage and also post the new location on the door to the SAR conference room on the day of the test.


What to bring to the test session

  • $14.00 cash or check made payable to GHRC-VE.
  • Two forms of ID, one with a picture (like a Drivers License).
  • Technician exam candidates bring:
    • Your Social Security Number or your FCC Registration Number (FRN).  If you do not want to use your Social Security Number on the exam form, you can receive your FRN immediately by applying for it on the FCC Registration Web Page.
  • General or Extra exam candidates bring:
    • A photocopy of your existing signed license showing FRN number. Your FRN is used in place of your Social Security Number on the FCC form. The photocopy will be attached to the FCC form that will be used to upgrade you existing license.
      • Note: To access a copy of you license go to the FCC Universal LIcense System website and use the following steps:
        • Search for your call sign.
        • Once your call sign is listed click on your call sign to view your license information.
        • Open the Admin Tab
        • Open the link(s) found in the Automated Letters and Authorizations section of the Admin Tab.   The link(s) will download a PDF Reference Copy of you Amateur License. If there are several links, review each PDF and use the one that has your current license information.
        • Print the PDF and bring it with you to the testing session.
    • Optionally bring a calculator if you need one to perform  the calculations that may be on your test.  Be sure any programming on the calculator has been erased.

How to check the status of your new license.

  • After you pass a test, paperwork will be filed with W5YI-VEC.  W5YI will then file the information  that you passed your test with the FCC.
  • After about two or three business days you can see if you have been placed in the FCC  database by doing a Search Licenses found on the FCC Universal License System.  To search use the following steps:
    • Open the FCC Universal License System webpage.
    • Open the link for Search Licenses.
    • Open the link for the Advanced License Search and enter your name.
  • If you still do not have your license after 10 business days after taking the test, please contact us.


  • Upgrade your license or get your first license!
  • Testing all levels!
  • We consider having a test session each field day, but it varies from year to year.

Training opportunities:

Information on free training by K6PJ!