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20 Years of Helping Hams, Extreme Holiday SaleFCC License Fee Now in Effect, General Course Update Next Year, Oh My!


20 Years of Helping Hams

And looking forward to our next 20 years!
Celebrating 20 Years!

HamTestOnline recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of helping folks achieve their dreams!  We've helped over a hundred thousand students pass their exams, but we couldn't have done it without our loyal fans.

Thanks to all the students, fellow VEs, club members, and other hams who act as our all-volunteer sales force.  You made the first 20 years possible!   It's been a long journey, with many challenges along the way, and we truly appreciate all your encouragement and support through the years.  You made our software and courseware better with your constructive feedback, and you helped us thrive by spreading the word.

All of us at HamTestOnline wish you a wonderful Holiday Season!


Extreme Holiday Sale

Our lowest prices in over a decade!

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we're offering the lowest prices in over a decade3-month subscriptions with massively reduced prices$10 off all courses and $5 off renewals:

  • Technician — 3-month subscription for $14.9540% off our regular price.
  • General — 3-month subscription for $19.9533% off our regular price.
  • Extra — 3-month subscription for $24.9529% off our regular price.
  • Renewal — 3-month renewal for $9.9533% off our regular price.

If you still need an upgrade, or want to help a friend get into ham radio, this is our best sale ever!


FCC License Fee Now in Effect

We got the FCC to bend on license fees!

On April 19, 2022, the FCC started charging $35 for all new licenses, renewals, and vanity call sign requests.  They had originally proposed a $50 fee for all actions, but after the outcry from many hams, including hundreds of our readers, they reduced it to just $35 and decided not to charge for upgrades or administrative updates.  This means that Technicians can upgrade to General or Extra with no additional FCC fee.  Thanks to all who voiced their opinion and helped us change the FCC's minds!


General Course Update Next Year

We're anxiously awaiting the NCVEC's release!

An updated General class question pool will go into effect on July 1, 2023.  As soon as they release the first draft, we'll start updating our courseware for the General class license exam.  We'll keep you posted!

Feel free to respond to this email with comments for the HamTestOnline team.  We love feedback!

Thanks for being a part of the HamTestOnline family!


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