The Laurel VEC Technician, General, and Extra Class exams are given in the Melbourne area. Starting in March 2021, the W4GAL Team Laurel-VEC exams are given the third Saturday of the month in the odd-numbered months.

The W4GAL Team is one of the appointed VE Testing Teams with The Laurel VEC. There is no cost to take an exam with the Laurel VE Team, and we test in the Melbourne area. Pre-registration is required and it is necessary to have received an FRN from the FCC before testing. There is a link below to get an FRN from the FCC. We use your FRN, not your Social Security Number.

Age is not a restriction for obtaining a license. Neither is gender, race, religion, political direction, or an infirmity of any kind. My two grandchildren, ages 14 and 17 passed the Technician exam in Guam. They are now NH2NH and KH2AK. The first FCC exam I took was on my 13th birthday, at an FCC office. My daughter KØJTM passed her first FCC exam when she was 10.

There is a deadline to the pre-registration. We need to enter all the candidate information into the Laurel-VEC system by noon on the day before the exam. Don't wait until the last moment. We prepare the paperwork the afternoon before the exams.

The information we need from you is:
• Callsign if you have one
• Exam(s) you wish to take
• Have you ever been convicted of a Felony?
• Full name, with middle initial if you have one
• Suffix, like Jr. or III, if you have one
• E-Mail address - Now required by the FCC
• Street Address, or
• P.O. Box
• Daytime Phone (Attention to anyone in particular?)
• City
• State
• ZIP Code
• Do you have a previous application with the FCC that has not been acted upon?
• Do you have Credit for Element 2, 3, or 4 with a CSCE?
• Do you have an expired Technician, General, Advanced, or Extra Class Amateur Radio FCC license?
• Bring one form of a government-issued photo ID; youth - another form of ID may be used.
• If you are upgrading, you need to bring the original or a copy of your FCC license.
• Until further notice, you need to bring and use a mask.
By supplying this information, we will have your Form 605 ready for your signature when you arrive.

January 9, 2021 - 12:00 Noon
March 20, 2021 - 12:00 Noon
May 15, 2021 - 12:00 Noon
July 17, 2021 - 12:00 Noon
September 18, 2021 - 12:00 Noon
October 9, 2021 - 10:00 AM - Melbourne Auditorium - Hamfest
November 20, 2021 - 12:00 Noon

Suntree/Viera Library
902 Jordan Blass Drive
Melbourne, FL 32940

It's about 6 blocks north of the Pineda Causeway (404) off of Wickham Road. Easy to get to from the Pineda Exit on I-95, or the Pineda Exit on US-1, or A1A and Patrick AFB. There's a McDonalds on the Jordan Blass corner on Wickham.

Advise us by phone, email, or snail mail if you would like to be in one of our exam sessions.
• 321-831-2045
• ........ .
• W4GAL, Box 111, Melbourne, Florida 32902


Gary W4GAL


The Laurel VEC website: Laurel VEC

Register for an FRN: FCC

American Radio Relay League: ARRL

Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society PCARS (Melbourne, Florida): W4MLB