Amateur Radio at IEEE AP-S/URSI 2019

Radio Amateurs are encouraged to display their call sign on their conference badge! In 2015, APS held the first-ever Amateur Radio breakfast meeting. Given the very favorable response, we continued these initiatives, now bringing us to our 5th Annual Amateur Radio Breakfast. Our efforts are supported by the Education and SIGHT Committees.

Welcome to Atlanta 2019, and further expansion of this special interest group.

ARRL will be publishing stories about our Amateur Radio activities at IEEE AP-S/URSI 2019. These activities will include:

Amateur Radio Operators Breakfast

Date:Monday, July 8
Time:07:00 – 08:00
Location:To be confirmed at the Hilton Atlanta
Fees:Complimentary, but advance registration is required. An amateur radio license is also required for attendance.

The Amateur Radio Breakfast Meeting is open to all conference participants who hold an amateur radio call sign, but pre-registration is required. The intent of the gathering is to gather support for APS student, outreach, SIGHT and educational activities involving amateur radio.

FCC Amateur Radio License Exams

Date:Wednesday, July 10 OR Thursday, July 11
Time:13:00 – 16:00
Location:Wednesday, July 10 — Room 301
Thursday, July 11 — Room 306

Volunteer Examiners from the Atlanta area will be onsite to administer FCC Amateur Radio License Exams to registered attendees of the 2019 AP-S/URSI Symposium.

Additional spaces have been made available so walk ins are most welcome.

There are three FCC amateur radio license exams - Technician Class requires Element 2, General Class requires Elements 2 and 3, and Extra Class requires Elements 2, 3 and 4. You may write one, two or all these exams (in sequence) during the sessions.

Note that there is no longer a Morse code requirement. The web sites and are valuable sources of study information.

If you plan to sit for the exam, please note that you will need the following:

  1. An NCVEC Form 605. Do not use the FCC Form 605. The form must have your FCC registration number on the form. The form may be downloaded here.
  2. To obtain a FRN, please go to
  3. At the exam, please present a legal photo ID (driver's license or a passport). If no photo ID is available, bring two original forms of identification. No photocopies will be accepted. These may include a non-photo ID/driver's license, birth certificate (must be a certified copy), local library card, local utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names you, or a postmarked envelope addressed to you, with your current mailing address, as it appears on your Form 605.
    If you are testing for an upgrade, bring either the original and a copy of your current license, or the original and a copy of the certificate of successful completion of an examination from a previous session.
  4. Two (2) #2 pencils, with erasers, and a pen.
  5. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they're free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phones' calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.

Amateur Radio Special Event Station - Tuesday – Thursday, July 9- 11

The Amateur Radio special event station will be set up at the Amateur Radio booth in the commercial exhibits area. Please drop by and see the station in operation!

Other Amateur Radio demonstrations will be held throughout the week in and around the symposium venue.

For more information, please contact Dave Michelson, VA7DM at