Canadian club gives US ham exams in Canada!

Besides sponsoring a number of Industry Canada Accredited Examiners authorized to give Canadian Amateur Radio Examinations, the Lambton County Radio Club (LCRC) will also now sponsor a Volunteer Examiner Team affiliated with the American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Organization.

This team, called the “Southwest Ontario VE Team” will soon begin administering examinations in Canada for all three classes of United States Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Amateur Radio licenses.  This service is being offered so as to assist members of the Lambton County Radio Club, other clubs, other Ontario Hams or others who would like to more easily obtain a US Amateur Radio license without actually traveling across the US/Canadian border to do so.

Test sessions have now been scheduled for Saturday, December 5th, 2009 as well as Saturday, January 23rd, March 27th and May 22nd, 2010 at the Sarnia Police Headquarters Training Room, 555 North Christina Street North, in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED and absolutely NO “walk-ins” will be accommodated.  All sessions will begin promptly at 2:00 PM.  This start time was specifically chosen so as to give those persons traveling from the Toronto, Hamilton, London and/or Windsor, Ontario metro areas ample time to travel to and from the test site in a single day.

For Canadian Amateurs, obtaining a US Amateur Radio License and call sign can be done for any number of reasons.  These may include frequent travel to the United States and a desire to “fit in” with local Hams, the desire to obtain a foreign-based license and/or call sign, or simply to have yet another “piece of paper” to hang on the wall of one’s Ham Radio shack.

Similar to Canada’s Amateur Radio certification requirements, all that is required for Canadian citizens or permanent residents to become licensed in the Amateur Radio Service in the USA is to have a US mailing address somewhere in the United States where the US Postal Service can deliver US domestic mail.  That can be a “borrowed” postal address from a friend or relative who lives in the United States, or it could be some other form of US-based postal address, such as a UPS Store address or a US Post office Box.


Keith Baker, VA3KSF
377 Bentinck Street, P.O. Box 33, Corunna, ON, N0N 1G0

Specific information about the Lambton County Radio Club (as well as these upcoming test sessions and the requirements for a US Amateur Radio license) is also available via the club’s Website at:
(Click on “USA Licensing”)

The Lambton County Radio Club (LCRC) Inc. was formed in 1982 and was incorporated in 1985 as a Canadian, not-for-profit corporation.  Its purpose is to promote and foster Amateur (Ham) Radio, electronic experimenting, short wave listening and computer science, as well as to foster the exchange of information and camaraderie.  The organization provides a meeting place where experiences may be shared and ideas exchanged, as well as to provide support to local, provincial and federal authorities during civil emergencies.

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