A Volunteer Examiner (VE) is a licensed radio amateur holding a General Class license or higher who offers their time to administer the FCC licensing exam.  SEMARA is accredited in the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Program and offers exam sessions.  These exam sessions are referred to as “VE Sessions” and are open to the public for any person who would like to become an amateur or upgrade their current license class.

SEMARA’s VE Team Leader is Frederic S. Bacon, III, N1TF.  He can be reached at 508-748-0047 or exams [at] semara [dot] org.  Although walk-ins are welcome, we recommend that you contact Fred ahead of time if you plan to attend an upcoming session.  VE Sessions are held at the SEMARA Clubhouse, 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, Massachusetts on the first Saturday of even months at 10:30 AM.


Pictured Left to Right:
Raymond N. Martin (KC1XW)
Wayne C. Kingsley (WA1CCM)
Kenneth J. Lent (KA1YDH)
Andrew J. Reuter (WA1FNM)
Raymond A. Arruda (KB1EVX)
Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr. (AA1FS)

Other VEs Not Pictured:
Frederic S. Bacon, III (N1TF) – Team Leader
L. Christian Ingerslev (AB2SN)
Marc M. Dumont (W1MMD)
Martin F. Jordan (KA1YFV)
Thomas A. Blais (KQ1G)

2017 VE Sessions

February 4
April 1
June 3
August 5
October 7
December 2

What To Bring

When attending a VE Session, please remember to bring:

  1. One government issued Photo ID, or two non-photo ID’s (one with address).
  2. Original FCC issued license plus a photocopy (if licensed).
  3. Original plus photocopies of all Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you are claiming (if applicable).
  4. The ARRL/VEC exam session fee of $15.00.
  5. Your FCC Federal Registration Number (FRN) or Taxpayer ID Number (TIN)*.

* All applicants for Amateur Radio Licenses must supply their Federal Registration Number (FRN) or Taxpayer ID Number (TIN) on the application.  Your TIN is typically your Social Security Number (SSN).  You may preregister with the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) and get an FRN to use instead of using your TIN/SSN on the application.  The required NVEC 605 form is provided for you at the VE Session and may only be submitted for you by a VE.

Additional Resources

Additional reading provided by the ARRL: