PLEASE NOTE – there will be a new testing team in place for the 2020 edition of Frostfest. Many of the details of license testing will be different from previous years. Please read on for more information.
Ham license testing for Frostfest 2020 will be performed by the WA3J VEC team. Exams will be offered for all amateur license classes. Unlike the W5YI team that has provided testing previously, this year’s team is certified by the Laurel VEC, meaning that some procedures may be slightly different. You may read more about Laurel’s procedures on their website (laurelvec.com).
The VE testing is held upstairs in the Exhibition Hall, above the main floor of Frostfest. You can take either the stairs or the elevator from the snack bar/lobby area to the upper floor.
You do not have to purchase admission to Frostfest to take an Amateur Radio Licensing exam. But of course if you pass your test and want to shop for some new gear, you will need to purchase a ticket to enter the show (admission is free to those under 18 years old).
Testing will be held starting at 11:00AM. Testing under the Laurel program is FREE! You will, however, need to bring a government issued photo ID, and your original Amateur Radio license (if upgrading to a higher license class). For all new license tests, a Social Security Number is *required*, per FCC regulations.
Please note that pre-registration and scheduled appointments *are not* available. All testing is by walk-in only, first come first served.
Good luck on your exam!