Getting Licensed

For tips on preparing for your amateur radio license, see our “Tips to Get Your Ham Radio License” page.

The Testing Process

The Sioux Empire Amateur Radio club is proud to have a number of members certified at Volunteer Examiners (VE’s) and we provide a monthly testing session to get you licensed.

As long as there is at least ONE Candidate committed to testing, Sessions will be held the second Tuesday of every month at the Minnehaha County Emergency Management building at 608 Sigler Ave. Sioux Falls, SD. If there are no Candidates on the Roster VE’s will not hold the session. Please be sure to register by the Sunday before the test date to ensure everyone is available. We will open the doors at 7:00 pm. There is no set time for testing to begin, but if you cannot be there before 7:30 pm, please let the VE team know, so arrangements can be made.

The Fee is $15.00 (cash, or check payable to ARRL VEC). If you Pass the test you are eligible to take the next highest level at no cost. If you do not pass the test, you may re-take the test up to three times in a single session, but there is an additional $15.00 fee for each additional test.

At least ONE PICTURE ID (i.e. Driver’s license, passport, or military ID) OR at least TWO other forms of ID. (i.e. social security card, library card, etc.)

You may use a calculator if the memory has been erased.

IF UPGRADING your license, we need a copy of your current license that we can mail in with your test.

To register for a testing session, please complete the form below & GOOD LUCK! We WILL respond to your application to verify receipt.

Testing Questions / Scheduling

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