An ARRL-affiliated club- Dedicated to the advancement of amateur radio and providing education in electronics and amateur radio license classes

Exam Sessions / Info

How to apply for a FRN Click here


What is an FRN and why do I need one?

In order to take an amateur radio exam or generally conduct any business with the FCC, you need to supply either your Social Security Number (SSN) or an FCC Registration Number (FRN) on your application form. For security reasons, many people prefer to limit how often and where their SSN is revealed. If you do not arrive at the exam site with an FRN, you will have to supply your SSN as your personal identifier.

To get an FRN, you need to complete FCC Form 160. The easiest way to complete FCC Form 160 is online by following the steps below.

Steps to Getting an FCC Registration Number (FRN)

  1. Go to the Commission’s Registration System (CORES) and Click Register.
  2. Answer whether the FRN is for an individual or business and whether the address for the contact is within the U.S. and click Continue.
  3. Complete the registration information and click Submit.

Exam Sessions

On the 3rd Friday of each month, The Charter Oak Radio Society conducts amateur (ham) radio examinations in Wethersfield, CT. The testing location is the Wethersfield Police Department located at 250 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT. Testing begins at 6PM. Directions can be found here.

Parking is convenient, and handicap parking is readily available – There are no firearms allowed at the testing site.

For information on what to bring with you to the exam session, Please follow the link to be connected to the ARRL,

For further questions, please contact Walter Styslo at 860-529-8474 or email to

The Charter Oak Radio Society is an amateur radio club dedicated to training, education and the furtherance of the amateur radio service and hobby.

 OnLine Test links

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