All In Person Examinations Are Still On Hold

The Pioneer Valley VE Team has not hosted any examinations since early March or 2020. The PVVET normally depends on the kindness of local municipalities, schools, libraries, and hospitals to provide us the space needed to host examinations. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, these venues have placed restrictions not allowing us to host examinations. The PVVET fully supports their decisions and have halted In-Person examinations.

Until the restrictions have lifted or the PVVET can secure an alternate venue while still complying with local, state and federal regulations, the PVVET recommends online remote examinations (fees will apply and have no association with the PVVET).

We suggest that when you are ready and certain that you’ll pass the examination(s) that you head over to hamstudy.org’s sessions page and find an online (remote) exam with available slots.

Each VE team and each VEC has their own unique set of rules and guidelines when it comes to remote exams. Please make sure to read and understand their instructions.

We hope to be hosting in-person exams in the pioneer valley again.
Thank you for reading!

Jeffrey Bail (NT1K)
Pioneer Valley VE Team

PVVET examination on March 22nd postponed


Due to concerns over the COVID-19 infection, The Holyoke Medical Center (our venue where the HCRA Course and PVVET exam is taking place) is restricting access to the hospital facilities of all non-essential personnel such as vendors, outside contractors, students and volunteers until further notice.

Due to the restriction, the Pioneer Valley VE Team is postponing the examination. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we will inform you when the next examination is scheduled. At this point it’s out of our control and we respect the decision that was made.

Please keep the FCC registration number (FRN) you’ve obtained during registration. This number can be used in lieu of your Social Security Number (SSN) on any Laurel/PVVET or ARRL examination. The PVVET will carry over all pre-registrations to the next exam so there will be no requirement to register again.

Thank you for your understanding.

Free exam after the HCRA Tech License Course (March 22nd, 2020)

UPDATE (3/12/2020): Our venue is restricting access to the hospital facilities of all non-essential personnel such as vendors, outside contractors, students and volunteers over the COVID-19 infection. The exam will be postponed. Candidates will be notified

The Hampden County Amateur Radio Association (HCRA) has asked the Pioneer Valley Volunteer Exam Team (PVVET) to host a free amateur radio examination after their technician license course. The exam itself is open to anyone wishing to obtain and/or upgrade their FCC amateur radio license. You do not have to sign up for the course.

Please check out the event page for more information about the examination.

If you are interested in the HCRA’s technician’s license course, please visit their website. If you are taking the course, you’ll still need to register for the examination as it’s separate from the class.

Two Examinations Coming Up (Feb/Mar 2020)

The Pioneer Valley VE Team (PVVET) will be hosting two FREE amateur radio license examinations soon. As of writing this, there is plenty of time to study.

Greenfield MA – Feb 24th

The Franklin County Amateur Radio Club (FCARC) has once again asked the Pioneer Valley VE Team to host a FREE examination. It will be held on Monday, February 24th, 2020 on the Greenfield Community College’s campus. Exam will start at 7pm.

Please Click Here for the Event . We do require that candidates pre-register and provide a valid e-mail address and/or phone number to be contacted with more details about the venue

MTARA Hamfest – Chicopee MA – March 7th

The Mt. Tom Amateur Repeater Association (MTARA) has asked the PVVET to help administer FREE amateur radio examination at their annual hamfest on Saturday, March 7th 2020 at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee MA. Exam will start at approx 10:30am.

Please Click Here for the event. We do require that candidates pre-register for the examination. We do not accept Social Security Number (SSN) under circumstance.

PVVET will be testing in West Springfield December 16th (2019)

The Pioneer Valley VE Team will be hosting a FREE amateur radio examination at the West Springfield Public Library on Monday, December 16th at 6:00pm. We will be testing for all FCC amateur licenses.

Please see our events page for detailed information

We do require all those wishing to participate in the examination to pre-register.

PVVET and the FCARC will be hosting FREE exams in Greenfield

The Pioneer Valley VE Team is teaming up with the Franklin County Amateur Radio Club and we’ll be hosting FREE amateur radio examinations in Franklin county.

The next exam will be held at the Greenfield Community College on Monday, November 25th at 7pm in the East Building. Room TBD

We also might be holding other FREE exams throughout the year in Franklin county.

As with any PVVET examination, we require all candidates to pre-register prior to the examination. Please provide valid information.

Please check out our events page for more information about the venue

Examinations Coming To West Springfield!

The Pioneer Valley Volunteer Examination Team (PVVET) is currently working with the West Springfield Public Library (WSPL) to provide FREE amateur radio examinations to the public for 2019. We’re planning to host examinations in July, September and December. The venue has been recently renovated and it provides the perfect exam environment and the location is perfect (just minutes from I-90, I-91, I-290, route 20 and route 5). They have been wonderful hosts and hope to continue doing exams there.

With this announcement, it’s a perfect time to start studying for your exam if you haven’t done so already. There are multiple ways you can study. Since the PVVET is about providing FREE examinations so we strongly suggest to use Dan Romanchik’s (KB6NU) “No Nonsense Study Guide” along with the flash cards and practice exams at Hamstudy.Org . Both are free of charge as Dan gives out free PDF copies of his technician’s license guide. You can obtain your FCC Amateur Radio license absolutely FREE of any charge. If you want detailed information we also suggest the ARRL’s “Technician License Manual” ($29.95) for those who want to learn the material inside and out.

As with all PVVET examinations, we require candidates to obtain a FCC Registration Number (FRN) and pre-register prior to the examination. We will make an announcement when registrations are open. If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQ section

PVVET is coming to Franklin County on April 10th


That’s right! The PVVET will be coming back to Franklin County to give another FREE amateur radio examination on April 10th. This time it will be following the Greenfield Community College’s and Franklin County Amateur Radio Club’s general class license course.

The exam will be open to the general public. As with any PVVET examination, we ask that candidates obtain a FCC Registration Number (FRN) and pre-register prior to the examination. Candidates must bring valid identification and those wishing to upgrade must bring a signed photocopy of their FCC amateur radio license that will be given to the team.

The exam will start at approximately 7pm at GCC. Building and room will be announced closer to the exam.

Check out our events page for more information. Also check out our FAQ section for details about the exam itself and the PVVET.

Two Upcoming Examinations (Feb, Mar 2019)

The PVVET has added two examinations to our events calendar. The Hampden County Radio Association (HCRA) and the Mt. Tom Amateur Repeater Association (MTARA) has asked the PVVET to provide examinations for their events.

HCRA Technician License Course Examination

On Tuesday, February 26th, there will be an examination following the HCRA’s Technicians license course at the Holyoke Medical Center’s auxiliary conference center. The public is welcome to attend the examination. Doors open at 7pm and exams will start after everyone has checked in.

Click Here for the event page for the February 26th Exam. Make sure to provide contact information. Please note this exam date may change if there are any cancellations during the 6 week course.

MTARA Hamfest License Examination

On Saturday, March 9th, there will be an examination during the MTARA Hamfest at the Castle Of Knights in Chicopee. The exam will start at 10:30am. The MTARA has acquired a bigger venue this year to provide ample space for candidates. There will be no entry fee for those taking the examination. However, entry fees will apply if you decide to attend the Hamfest itself.

Click here for the event page for the March 9th examination at the MTARA Ham fest.

Pre-Registration Required For Both Exams

As always, both exams will be FREE of charge! However, we do require that those wishing to participate in the exam to obtain a FCC Registration Number (FRN) and to pre-register. Both which can be done very easily on this website and only takes a couple minutes. At the exam you will need to bring Identification and if you are upgrading, you will also need to bring a signed copy of your FCC amateur radio license. If you have any questions, please look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) as most questions are answered there. If you still have a question, you can always contact us

December VE Session Successful!

The Pioneer Valley VE Team (PVVET) conducted it’s FREE examination on Monday December 10th at the West Springfield Public Library. We had 4 candidates with a 100% pass rate.  Out of the session we have a new tech, new general and two upgrades to general. Licenses were issued within the hour. Fast turnaround is what makes the PVVET great!

Big thanks to Bob (W1QA), Steve (N1SR), Kurt (KU1RT) and Brian (N1FI) for spending their time volunteering as examiners.  The PVVET is made up of all volunteers. 

Please check back to our website for future examination dates. Have a safe and happy holidays!