Testing for an Official Federal Communications Commission

Amateur Radio License

HARC Volunteer Examination Testing Team Information

Official Amateur Radio License testing is provided on the second Saturday of the even numbered months at the Holland Red Cross Building,  Starting time is 6:00 PM


What you should bring......  

  • One piece of ID with your picture on it OR two pieces of ID.
  • Your license if you have one and a copy of the license to submit with the FCC application.
  • Any CSCE's from previous tests, if applcable. (you'll need both the original, and a copy)
  • A check for $15.00 (made out to ARRL/VEC) or exact change.  This is an ARRL administration charge.  


Questions:  Contact Tom Bosscher,

(616) 748-5693



Click here for directions to the Holland Red Cross Building




Other Area Clubs Providing Volunteer Examination (VE) Testing 


for an Amateur Radio License

Please Note: This information is subject to change without notice to us.  Please check with the respective club to confirm dates and times.


Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association:  

When: Second Friday of each month at 6:30 pm

Where: Red Cross Building, lower level, 1050 Fuller Avenue NE.  Grand Rapids, MI  

Contact:  Rich Douglas, KC8NKA@ARRL.Net  (616) 531-6218

Web Site:  http://www.w8dc.org

Walk-ins are allowed.


Allegan County Amateur Radio Council

When:  Forth Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM

Where:  Allegan General Hospital - Basement Cafeteria

              555 Linn Street, Allegan, MI

Contact:  Peter J. Blowers, plblowers@chartermi.net , (269) 370-2018

Web Site:   http://www.ac8rc.org

Walk-ins are allowed.


Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Council

When: First Saturday of even -numbered months at 9:00 AM 

Where:  Red Cross Building,

             120 W. Webster Ave,  Muskegon, MI

Contact:  Robert G. Carter, (231) 799-3634  Email res00lwt@frontier.com

Web Site: http://www.w8zho.com 

Pre-Registration is preferred.


Ionia County Amateur Radio Club

When:  Third Saturday of each month at 6:00 PM.

Where:  Ionia Central Dispatch

              545 Apple Tree Drive, Ionia MI

Contact:  Michael R. Carigon, (616) 272-1341, Email n8mrc@yahoo.com

Web Site:  http://www.qsl.net/kc8imt

Pre-registration is required


Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club

When:  Third Saturday of each month at 8:30 AM

Where:  Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department, Basement Meeting Room

              1500 Lamont Avenue (Off Lake Street)

               Kalamazoo, MI

Contact:  John D. Tucker, (269) 324-9085, Email wb8zvv@gmail.com

Web Site:  http://www.w8vy.org 

Walk-ins are welcome


Battle Creek

Southern Michigan Amateur Radio Society

When:  Forth Thursday of even numbered months (except December)

Where:  Maple United Methodist Church

              342 Capital Avenue NE

              Battle Creek, MI

Contact:  John R. Davidson, (269) 339-1908, Email kc8wmm@gmail.com

Web Site:  http://www.w8df.com

Walk-ins are welcome





More information: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session




What is the Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) system?

...... The  gateway to the Amateur Radio Service.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the VEC system to provide initial licensing examinations for prospective new hams and upgrade examination opportunities for those already licensed.  The FCC authorized VEC organizations, like the ARRL, to oversee the work of their certified Volunteer Examinators (VEs) and serve as a liaison between the exam applicants and the FCC.


The ARRL's VEC program has a long standing tradition of serving the Amateur Radio community and the FCC with integrity and expertise. As the largest VEC in the nation, the ARRL operates as a knowledgeable information source for a wide-range of licensing issues.


ARRL accredited Volunteer Examiners (VEs) support the ARRL around the country by offering exam opportunities in their local community's and by helping exam candidates fulfill their Amateur Radio aspirations. Service and volunteerism are vital parts of the Amateur Radio Culture.  VEs give generously of their time, energy and skill to our community by providing these local testing opportunities.    

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