Instructors are Dial members. Students are likely to 'see' different instructors every class meeting in the Technician and General preparation courses. Some of the more technical topics for the Extra are broken into two consecutive weeks with the same instructor. Still, over the entire class, you may expect to 'see' more than six different instructors.
We have also been giving amateur examinations since the Volunteer Examiner program was instituted by the FCC. Presently we are working under the Laurel VEC program - one of a the few programs that does not charge for exams. Our Volunteer Examiner team is composed of members of Dial and BCARA. Dial tends to offer about 4 or 5 exam sessions per year. Dial Exams normally occur on Wednesday evenings. Registration begins at 6:00 pm and the exams begin once the registration process is complete. Details about upcoming exams can be obtained from KD8W or K8CM. Some exam sessions are held by BCARA at times that complement Dial's schedule.
Examinees need to bring the following to the exam session if applicable:
1) If you already have a license, then bring your original signed license and a photo copy of your signed license.
2) If you do not have license yet, then bring your Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC Registration Number (FRN). See FRN Details below.
3) If you have a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE), then bring your original CSCE and a photo copy of your CSCE.
4) All examinees need to bring a Photo ID.
FRN Details: If applying for your first license, you can go to the FCC Registration website and obtain a FRN. This website is self-explanatory and the FRN registration is free.
Your photo ID, the copy of your license (if applicable), and the copy of your CSCE (if applicable) will be placed in your folder during the examination. Your photo ID will be returned to you once the exam process is complete.
We receive very prompt service from Laurel and typically the FCC database is updated within 5 days after an exam session.
You can check your recent license grant by going to the FCC License Search website. You may search
by Call Sign, Name (Last, First), or FRN.