Motor City Radio Club

Licensing and Education

The MCRC has a long history of educating adults and children in Amateur Radio. Most recently, we have been able to secure some time and space in libraries in the Downriver area. Our current classes include a Technicians Licensing class and a course on Basic Electronics and Soldering.

FCC Licensing Exams

Take your licensing exam with us! Seven times a year our volunteer examiners hold licensing exam sessions. You do not need to be a member of the club or have taken any of our classes to take the exam. 

For upcoming exam dates and to register please see below.

Location: First United Methodist Church, 72 Oak St, Wyandotte, MI 48192.
Church is located on the NW corner of Oak and Biddle.

Cost: $15

Items to bring with you:

  1. $15.00 exam fee (Exact Amount Preferred)
  2. Number 2 pencil
  3. An original of your current FCC license (if you have one)
  4. A copy of your current FCC license (if you have one)
  5. Two pieces of Identification (at least one photo)
  6. Your FRN Number.  If this is an upgrade, your FRN number is on your license.

All new applicants and upgrades MUST have a valid Email Address and a FCC Registration Number (FRN) in order to obtain their new license.  If you are upgrading, you already have an FRN number.  That number can be found on your current license.

To obtain an FRN number visit the FCC Universal Licensing System page at:  You must first create an account by clicking the "REGISTER" button under "Need a Username?".  After you obtain your user name and password, return to that same site and login under "Username Login".  Then choose "Register New FRN". 

After you take the exam and the papers are submitted , you will receive an email that will contain a link to an FCC page where you need to pay the new $35 application fee.  This fee only applies to new licenses and renewals.  Not to upgrades.  You will have 10 calendar days, from the date of the application file number being issued, to pay.

After the fee is paid, and the FCC has processed an application, you will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to your official license or, in very rare instances, an explanation for why the application was dismissed or denied. The link will be valid for 30 days.

Upgrades will just receive a link to their official license and the $35 fee will not apply.

More information can be found at:

Please arrive at 10:00 am.  Testing will begin after paperwork is completed and we should be finished by 12:00pm.

Contact: Woody Kirkman - VE Liaison

Cell: 734-818-0484


Upcoming Exam Sessions

  • 05/11/2024 10:00 First United Methodist Church, 72 Oak St, Wyandotte, MI 48192
  • 06/22/2024 10:30 Riverview Veterans Memorial Library 14300 Sibley Road Riverview, MI 48193
  • 09/14/2024 10:00 First United Methodist Church, 72 Oak St, Wyandotte, MI 48192
  • 11/09/2024 10:00 First United Methodist Church, 72 Oak St, Wyandotte, MI 48192
How to Renew Your License Online 
License Renew Instructions.pdf

YouTube Video on Renewal Process

Links to FCC CORES system and License Manager

FCC CORES System (Create new account, Obtain FRN, CORES payment system, Associate Existing FRN to Account)

FCC License Manager  (Update Licenses, Renew Licenses, Obtain official copy) 

Instructions on how to obtain your official license copy


Technician Class - 

MCRC holds Technician Licensing Classes at the Wyandotte Bacon Library.

This is a FREE class. Participants need only need to pay for the ARRL Technician book and the exam fee. When you pass the exam there is a fee that is paid to the FCC for your license. You may purchase the book from the instructor on the first night OR you may purchase it directly from the ARRL

Book Cost $24.71 (from instructor) $32.95 + shipping (from ARRL)
Exam Fee $15.00 (paid in cash at time of exam)
FCC Fee $35.00 (paid to the FCC after passing the exam)
Total $74.71

Register for the class at the Bacon Library Event Page

Participants who attend MCRC licensing classes receive some club membership benefits.


Week 1 - Welcome to Amateur Radio

Week 2 - Radio and Signal Fundamentals

Week 3 - Electricity, Components, and Circuits

Week 4 - Propagation, Antennas, and Feed Lines

Week 5 - Amateur Radio Equipment

Week 6 - Communicating With Other Hams

Week 7 - Licensing Regulations

Week 8 - Operating Regulations

Week 9 - Safety

Week 10 - Review & Question Pool

Week 11 - TESTING


17099 PARK AVE
RIVERVIEW, MI 48192-4587

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