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Subelement G1
Commission's Rules
Section G1D
Volunteer Examiners and Volunteer Examiner Coordinators; temporary identification; element credit
Who may receive partial credit for the elements represented by an expired Amateur Radio license?
  • Correct Answer
    Any person who can demonstrate that they once held an FCC-issued General, Advanced, or Amateur Extra class license that was not revoked by the FCC
  • Anyone who held an FCC-issued Amateur Radio license that has been expired for not less than 5 years and not more than 15 years
  • Any person who previously held an amateur license issued by another country, but only if that country has a current reciprocal licensing agreement with the FCC
  • Only persons who once held an FCC issued Novice, Technician, or Technician Plus license

This one is easiest to deal with by eliminating distractors:

The suggested time limit is quite odd: not less than 5 years and not more than 15 years would mean that if your license expired 2 years ago you couldn't renew, but if it expired 10 years ago, you could.

Another distracter suggests that anyone who previously held a license issued by a foreign country would be eligible. This would imply that anyone who held a license issued by the FCC would not be eligible, which makes no sense.

There is no time limit. You had to be licensed by the FCC (not a foreign country), and it's not valid for Novice, Technician or Technician Plus class licenses.

See the HamStudy blog post about it for more information.

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What license examinations may you administer when you are an accredited VE holding a General class operator license?
  • General and Technician
  • General only
  • Correct Answer
    Technician only
  • Amateur Extra, General, and Technician

(C). Unless you are an Extra, you may only administer class exams for levels less than the license you hold. So if you hold a General Class license and are an accredited VE, you may administer Technician level exams only. The idea is that you should know more than the folks you are testing!

Refer to FCC Part: [97.507(b)(3)(i)]

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On which of the following band segments may you operate if you are a Technician class operator and have a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) for General class privileges?
  • Only the Technician band segments until your upgrade is posted in the FCC database
  • Only on the Technician band segments until your license arrives in the mail
  • Correct Answer
    On any General or Technician class band segment
  • On any General or Technician class band segment except 30 meters and 60 meters

(C). Just as soon as you have that CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination) for successfully completing that General Class exam, you can start using your privileges on any General or Technician Class band segment. Remember - that until the FCC database is updated, you are required to identify yourself with your call sign plus the temporary identifier "slant AG" so that those listening or monitoring know that you hold those privileges.

Refer to FCC Part: [97.9(b)]

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Which of the following is a requirement for administering a Technician class license examination?
  • Correct Answer
    At least three General class or higher VEs must observe the examination
  • At least two General class or higher VEs must be present
  • At least two General class or higher VEs must be present, but only one need be Amateur Extra class
  • At least three VEs of Technician class or higher must observe the examination

(A). Amateur Radio Class Exams are administered through the Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) system. The FCC and National Conference of VECs require that for administering a Technician Class exam that there must be at least 3 VEC accredited VEs, holding General Class or higher licenses present.

For more on VEs: National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators

Refer to FCC Part: [97.509(a), (b)]

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Which of the following must a person have before they can be an administering VE for a Technician class license examination?
  • Notification to the FCC that you want to give an examination
  • Receipt of a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) for General class
  • Possession of a properly obtained telegraphy license
  • Correct Answer
    An FCC General class or higher license and VEC accreditation

(D). If you want to be an administering VE for Technician Class license exams, you need to hold an FCC General Class or higher license and you must be accredited by the Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC).

For more info go to: National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators

Refer to FCC Part: [97.509(b)(3)(i) and 97.509(b)(1)]

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When must you add the special identifier "AG" after your call sign if you are a Technician class licensee and have a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) for General class operator privileges, but the FCC has not yet posted your upgrade on its website?
  • Correct Answer
    Whenever you operate using General class frequency privileges
  • Whenever you operate on any amateur frequency
  • Whenever you operate using Technician frequency privileges
  • A special identifier is not required if your General class license application has been filed with the FCC

(A). You are allowed to use your General Class privileges as soon as you have that General Class CSCE. However, until the FCC updates their database, you will need to use the "slant AG" identifier whenever you use your new General Class frequency privileges, so that those listening or monitoring know that you are entitled to use those frequencies. You don't have to use the identifier when using your lower privileges, because those are already shown on the FCC database.

Remember: (A)cting as (G)eneral

Refer to FCC Part: [97.119(f)(2)]

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Volunteer Examiners are accredited by what organization?
  • The Federal Communications Commission
  • The Universal Licensing System
  • Correct Answer
    A Volunteer Examiner Coordinator
  • The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

(C). Volunteer Examiners (VEs) have to be accredited by a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) organization before they are allowed to help administer license exams.

Note that a VEC is actually an organization, as described; some people confuse the VEC with the coordinating VE who organizes an individual session and must be accredited by a VEC. (yes, the terminology is a bit confusing)

For more info go to: National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators

Refer to FCC Part: [97.509(b)(1)]

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Which of the following criteria must be met for a non-U.S. citizen to be an accredited Volunteer Examiner?
  • The person must be a resident of the U.S. for a minimum of 5 years
  • Correct Answer
    The person must hold an FCC granted Amateur Radio license of General class or above
  • The person's home citizenship must be in ITU region 2
  • None of these choices is correct; a non-U.S. citizen cannot be a Volunteer Examiner

(B). To be an accredited Volunteer Examiner (VE) you do not have to be a U.S. citizen, however you must hold an FCC granted Amateur Radio license of General Class or above. This will prove that you have enough knowledge of the U.S. Amateur rules, as you have passed the proper level of FCC license exams.

Refer to FCC Part: [97.509(b)(3)]

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How long is a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) valid for exam element credit?
  • 30 days
  • 180 days
  • Correct Answer
    365 days
  • For as long as your current license is valid

(C). The Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) shows that you have passed that exam! The certificate is valid for 365 days.


It usually only takes a few days for the FCC to update their database once they receive your paperwork. However you will want to make sure that your license has been posted to the database.

If there is any issue, you have your CSCE and one year to get it straightened out. After that, you will have to re-take the exam!

Refer to FCC Part: [97.9(b)]

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What is the minimum age that one must be to qualify as an accredited Volunteer Examiner?
  • 12 years
  • Correct Answer
    18 years
  • 21 years
  • There is no age limit

(B). There is no minimum age requirement to be an Amateur Radio operator -- please encourage kids to get involved, it's a great hobby. But to be accredited as a Volunteer Examiner (VE) you must be 18 years old to qualify.

Refer to FCC Part: [97.509(b)(2)]

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What is required to obtain a new General Class license after a previously-held license has expired and the two-year grace period has passed?
  • They must have a letter from the FCC showing they once held an amateur or commercial license
  • There are no requirements other than being able to show a copy of the expired license
  • The applicant must be able to produce a copy of a page from a call book published in the U.S. showing his or her name and address
  • Correct Answer
    The applicant must pass the current Element 2 exam

The applicant must pass the current element 2 exam.

This is a "best answer" question, because the truth is that it depends on whether or not the application is received within the grace period following expiration.

Amateur licenses expire 10 years following the issue date. Although an operator may not operate with an expired license, a 2 year grace period is allowed for renewal without penalty or having to sit for an exam. A renewal during the grace period will reinstate the original license. The question introduces confusion due to the new 2014 rules regarding credit for expired licenses.

After the grace period elapses, the applicant must test for a new license, the same as any other person. An applicant needs to pass at least element 2 (Technician) to receive a license.

If the applicant with an expired license can now present proof of the former license for additional Element 3 (General) or Element 4 (Extra) credit to obtain a higher license class without having to sit for the respective exams. Former General, Advanced, and Pre-1987 Technician license holders can apply for Element 3 credit, and former Extra license holders can apply for Element 3 and 4 credit.

The rule change to expired license credit took effect in July 2014.

FCC Rule 97.505(a), http://www.arrl.org/exam-element-credit

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