HamCram Attendee Form

For folks registering for the HamCram event at Caltech in April.

Some questions that people have asked:

Q. Where is the class located?

A. The class will be taught in Beckman Institute, in the Auditorium (NOT Beckman Auditorium, the big wedding-cake building)

BI is building #74 on the campus map.

I recommend you park in parking lot 12, just east of Wilson, just south of Del Mar. Parking is free after 5pm and on the weekends.

Q. When is the class?

A. The Friday night session starts at 6:30pm and goes until about 9:30. Kate Hutton teaches this section of the class.

(This section is actually useful knowledge for people who will be using their license, covering electronics and RF principles).

The Saturday session starts at 8:00am and runs until 4:00pm. Immediately following the class is the Technician license exam.

(This is not a practitioners class, it is entirely a cram session designed to get you to be able to pass the Technician license exam.)

Q. How do I pay for the exam?

A. You pay for the exam ($15) when you take the exam, you don't need to pre-pay.

You also don't need to pay for the exam if (after taking the Cram) you don't feel prepared and would prefer to postpone.

The class itself is free.

The VEs can accept cash or check payment (make checks payable to "ARRL-VEC") and you must have payment available to take the exam.

Q. I can't make Friday (or I can make Friday but not Saturday, or I'm not interested in taking the class itself). Can I still take the exam?

A. Yes, provided you RSVP via the web form, you can still take the exam on Saturday even if you don't take the class.

Q. If I didn't read the book, will I still be able to pass the exam?

A. Last time we did this event a goodly number of the attendees had not prepared prior to the class, and they still passed.

Our attendees included Caltech students, staff, community volunteers, and CERT practitioners of all ages and educational levels.

While I recommend that you read one of the two books, it's quite possible to pass the exam with nothing more than the cram session as preparation.

That won't necessarily prepare you to go on the air, but this event is a licensing exam prep class, not a true introduction to amateur radio.

Q. How long does the exam take?

A. The exam itself can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. It is not timed.

Typically folks wait around until after the exams have been graded so that they learn the same day if they passed or not

You are *not* required to stay, and you may leave immediately following the exam.

However, if wait for your results and find you failed to pass, you actually can take the exam once more again, immediately, at no additional charge

(One attendee last class failed the exam by 1 point at our last class and she took the exam again immediately and passed).

Scoring the exams can be very time intensive given the number of attendees, however.

I cannot give a good estimate for how long it may take for you to wait for the exams to be scored.

Q. What do I need to bring?

A. You will need to bring

1. A legal photo ID (driver’s license, passport)

** For Caltech students: your Caltech ID IS NOT SUFFICIENT (see below)

2. If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:

a. non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them)
b. birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
c. social security card
d. library card
e. utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that
specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed
to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on
the Form 605.
f. For Caltech students: your Caltech ID can be used as one of the two
forms of ID.

3. Students/minors may bring any of the above items and/or a school ID,
minor's work permit, report card, or a legal guardian may present a
photo ID.

4. Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal
Registration Number (FRN); VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit
either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application
form. If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then
you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you
have a FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the
application. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the
FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC's FAQ page and the
FCC's registration instructions page. Please note that some
exam teams will only accept a valid FRN on your application.

**** IMPORTANT ****

If you do not have a Social Security Number (some Caltech students may not), you MUST fill out an
FRN Registration request and bring your FRN number to the exam
. You can register for an FRN at the FCC web site here:

5. Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen.

6. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is

You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the
exam session.

Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as
they're free of notes and formulas.

Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during
the exam session and the phones' calculator function
may not be used.

In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones,
Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices
with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.

7. Bring a check for $15, or cash to cover the exam session