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Exam-related resources:

FCC Reference Number Application

The FCC has created an alternative to using a Social Security number for all applications and business with the FCC. One is created for you when you apply for an amateur radio license for the first time. Dealing with the FCC, even searching the database for your license, will be faster if you have this number, as well as preserving privacy. This number is required for the application for your license.

Get your FRN here.


The NCVEC-605 form is the formal application for your ham radio license or upgrade. We provide copies at theexam session, but if you wish, you can fill out, print and sign, and bring a copy with you. Please remember that all forms must include a phone number, email adress, and FRN (which you can receive above).

Fill out and print your 605 here.

FCC License Search

Radio licenses of all types are now kept in an online database, maintained by the FCC. The Universal Licensing System is relatively easy to use to locate your license or the license of anyone else you know.

Go to the Universal Licensing System

Practice Tests

Practice exams are a great suplement to your study materials, and they are offered free at multiple websites. Two of the best are and

N3SLC State Line Radio Club

State Line Radio Club holds licensing exams in Rising Sun, MD, as well as a weekly radio net, breakfasts, picnics, workshops, and other events.

Check out the State Line Radio Club website for more details.

Local Amateur Radio organizations:

Christiana Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CARES)

The Christiana Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CARES) group is an organization of dedicated volunteer Amateur Radio operators supporting Christiana Care Health System and the surrounding community in New Castle County Delaware

Visit the C.A.R.E.S. website

First State Amateur Radio Club

First State Amateur Radio Club is a Delaware amateur radio club that has been active since 1953. They are the primary organizers of New Castle County's annual Ham Radio Field Day activities.

Visit the FSARC website

Delaware Repeater Association

The Delaware Repeater association maintains five repeaters in the New Castle area, in the two meter and 70 centimeter bands. The .70 and .73 machines have historically been very active. Band and offset information is available on their website.

Visit the DRA website

National Amateur Radio organizations:

American Radio Relay League

The American Radio Relay League is the largest amateur radio association in the nation. They provide services ranging from training and licensing to advocacy to coordination of emergency and community events to news and magazines of interest to amateur radio and lincensed hams. They are also the primary coordinator in the United States with NASA for scheduled classroom contacts with the International Space Station.

Visit the ARRL website


The W5YI group offers numerous resources for getting your license, including links to classes, exam locations around the nation (including N3UZ's), and the best study materials available for amateur radio, by Gordon West. They also offer links to get a vanity call sign and information about getting a commercial radio license.

Visit W5YI's website

Project Resources:

Field Service Management Guide: Telecommunications Timeline

This is a timeline of the history of communications technology, beginning in prehistoric times. It was suggested to us by a young Girl Scout named Ava, and we agree: it is definitely a useful link for anyone doing research into the full history of Amateur Radio.

Visit the Timeline


MakerPro is a collaborative website full of tutorials and projects involving microcontrollers such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi. They have an entire section of projects involving amateur radio, with tutorials such as "How to make an AM transmitter/receiver for Morse Code" and "How to build an RF beacon."

Visit MakerPro's amateur radio list