Aurora ARG Exam Testimonials


This page is dedicated to allowing those who have willingly expressed permission to have their comments posted relating to their exam experience with the Aurora Amateur Radio Group.  For those who are reading this page for the first time, you are seeing the results of a dedicated team of volunteers who come together and provide an amazing service.  Don't just take our word for it...read the comments below and give our remote testing service a try!  You'll be glad you did.

December 2020

KIMBERLY R WROTE . . .
Great experience and am very excited to get started on the journey of learning to communicate now that I earned my technician license.  After I have some experience under my belt, I would be interested in serving as a VE.

JOHN S WROTE . . .
You guys have a better testing set up than most of my professors in college! Thank you for a seamless and pleasant experience!

MARK D WROTE . . .
I knew I would have a wonderful experience prior to even taking my remote exam; the VEC/VEs were all very friendly and personable.  I only have one (really small) suggestion: specify that only scientific calculators are acceptable for examination.  If I hadn't confirmed with your club prior to examination, I may not have had a calculator today.  Thanks for volunteering your time, and Merry Christmas to all of you!

KYLE C WROTE . . .
It was a great experience.  Thank you for your service to the amatuer radio community.

ROBERT S WROTE . . .
I had problems on my end and I determined it was because I was using my home Wi-Fi.  You may want to recommend all applicants use a direct wire connection to their router for a more reliable connection and better Zoom connection.  Thanks to the VE's for offering their time to help me get my ticket.

PAUL D WROTE . . .
Easy sign up.  Friendly VEs.  Thanks

TROY K WROTE . . .
Thanks for setting up and running remote testing sessions!  The experience was straightforward, especially appreciate the estimated start time.  A friend of mine did his test with another group and was on standby for a couple hours.  Merry Christmas & happy new year!
       . . . and after another visit with the AARG . . .
I just took my second exam with you guys and it was another wonderful experience.  Thanks!!

BRIAN G WROTE . . .
All of you were very nice and made the exam a lot less stressful.  Online tests seem to be in the infancy stages and you folks were quick to think of work arounds for any technical problems.  Great information to get ready for exam time as well! Nice work.

CHAD H WROTE . . .
Your amazing staff of VEs were very accommodating and super helpful during my testing process.  Thank you for your hospitality.

JESSE L WROTE . . .
Everyone was awesome, thank you all for your time and effort.

CHRISTOPHER W WROTE . . .
I thought that the entire process was streamlined and smooth.  I was unfamiliar with the Zoom process before the testing, but it was also seamless.

January 2021

LES W WROTE . . .
Thanks for hosting the exam it was the best Zoom meeting I ever had.

JOE R WROTE . . .
Such a positive and helpful group!  I really appreciate the welcoming environment!

LEONARD P WROTE . . .
I thought the exam process with the Aurora team was very thorough and straight forward.  I would like to thank Brandin, Matt, and Frank for their support.   I will be in touch for future endeavors during my future HAM's projects.

ALLISON B WROTE . . .
Everyone was welcoming and hilarious!  Absolutely my kinda people.  :)  I'll see you all again soon (or some variety of you) for my General!  Thanks so much for your time offering this remote exam.  I really appreciate it!  73!

COLBY K WROTE . . .
Amazing experience.  Registration was smooth and easy, study material on your website are extremely helpful, test experience was perfect.  All people involved were courteous, professional, and knowledgeable.  Have already recommended this service to many.

BRIAN H WROTE . . .
Was great interacting with the VEs.  I felt pretty relaxed.  I was more uptight about getting the setup correct than I was about the actual exam.  Thank You all for making it relatively painless.

JOHN H WROTE . . .
The exam experience was very straightforward.  Brandin called in the morning and gave some helpful advice.  The camera setup went fine and I thought it couldn't have been anymore straightforward.

STEPHEN K WROTE . . .
I know you wanted honesty so here it is.  I really have nothing bad to say or improvements to be made.  Great Job!

COLIN B WROTE . . .
This service has been absolutely splendid, both in how effective and clear the instructions were, and how polite and supportive all the coordinators were.  Attention to detail and genuine interest in benefitting the test takers was greatly appreciated, and I hope to find ways to contribute in the future when time/certification allows.  As representatives of the amateur radio community, I could not think of a warmer welcome than that presented by the AARG.  Thank you for all that you've done!

VINEESH P WROTE . . .
Really appreciate all the time and effort put by the team to have a very comfortable but very secure online exam experience, thanks again for this wonderful experience provided and good luck for all of you, thanks.

JEFF S WROTE . . .
I truly enjoyed the experience.  I hope this become a standard platform for the future.

DAVE B WROTE . . .
Professional, Direct, and Informative.  I was lucky to find this group!
       . . . and after another visit with the AARG . . .
You couldn't ask for a more professional, straight forward means for testing.  A great group of people to deal with!
       . . . and after one final visit with the AARG . . .
A fine group to work with.  All very knowledgeable, very courteous, and patient.  If you need help and want a stress free experience, this is the group.

SCOTT B WROTE . . .
You guys are awesome!  Thank you so much for making the whole process easy.  Merry Christmas!

TIMOTHY S WROTE . . .
It was all very smooth, comfortable and easy to follow.  Very minimal hardware requirements!  I actually used a 14 year old classroom computer pulled from storage and loaded up with windows 10 home edition a few days ago and a 5 year old cell phone.  I did have to pick up a web cam for it.  Thanks for making it so easy!

ROBERT S WROTE . . .
Thanks to AARG and the VE's for taking the time to help others get licensed during a difficult time.  It was a pleasant experience from beginning to end.  All the pre test instructions were clear.  The testing session went well even with some technical difficulties that were handled quickly and professionally.

DWIGHT T WROTE . . .
Great group of folks.  I had entered the wrong phone number on my application and received an email promptly to correct the information.  Glad to see that type of followup.  Testing was smooth as eggs.  VE's gave clear instructions and answered any questions.  Thanks Y'all.  Stay safe and enjoy your adventures.  73

MARTHANNA W WROTE . . .
Very courteous and friendly, putting me instantly at ease for the test.

JAMES H WROTE . . .
My experience with taking my testing was amazing!!!  The can tell the the team genuinely cares about the experience and your success!!!

DAVID F WROTE . . .
The entire exam experience with Aurora Amateur Radio Group was fantastic.  From registration and payment, to setup, logging in, and taking the exam, to obtaining the results and signing/submitting the forms; the process was extremely well organized and executed.  Communications by the team before, during, and after the exam was also great.  The VE team went out of their way to make me comfortable with the process and they were very versed in the technology.  A great group of folks.  I highly recommend taking your on-line exams with the folks at AARG.  Thanks again to Brandin and the VE team for all of your assistance.  I'll be back soon to take my General and Extra exams...

PIERO M WROTE . . .
Wonderful introduction into the hobby!

LIANGUA X WROTE . . .
The session was incredibly welcoming and accommodating to a ham radio novice like me who might feel overwhelmed and even a little bit intimidated to this "prestigious" seeming circle.  I really appreciate that the VEs told me take my time and make sure I feel comfortable check my answers again.  I would love to connect with my VEs offline and take exams with Aurora again to advance my knowledge in amateur radio!

STAN S WROTE . . .
The exam went smoothly, these VE's really know what they are doing and made me comfortable.

JACKIE J WROTE . . .
Very easy and stress free.  Highly recommend!

RUSSELL J WROTE . . .
The experience was outstanding.  Your team not only made me feel welcome, but lowered my anxiety about taking the exam.  I will highly recommend to others.

JAMES G WROTE . . .
The examiners were awesome.  The guidelines are strict for the exam but they need to be yet the examiners were able to make you feel relaxed.  Words of encouragement from all were given prior to entering the testing phase.  I KNOW where I will be requesting the next exams from without a doubt.

WILLIAM C WROTE . . .
The team was both friendly and inviting, but also very clear on the instructions and the reasons a test may be stopped.  The testers had a great camaraderie and that improved the experience.  I may be interested in volunteering in the future, but I want to get experience in the field first.  I appreciate the time and effort the volunteers provide to improve the community and I am happy to hear just how busy testers are due to the growing interest in amateur radio.

ROBERT R WROTE . . .
During the sign up and payment website.  Once I paid via PayPal it was a bit confused to if I was singed up or not.  A confirmation page would be nice.  Also the instructions on the web site stated I could use a second camera but once I got into the zoom session I was told that I must have a phone with a camera.  That section needs to be updated on the pre requirements.

GRANT C WROTE . . .
The way you guys presented so politely and made it feel very personal and not so official really helped.  Not only would I recommend you to other people looking to take their exam, but I *have* recommended you to two friends looking to get their Technician exam—and will continue to do so!

JAMES H WROTE . . .
It was excellent from start to finish!  I went in a little nervous but everyone was very personable and helpful.  Very down to earth group of people.  I’m excited to take my General exam soon!

SEAN M WROTE . . .
From start to finish the experience was Excellent.  The pre-test instruction conversation was "down to earth" and helped take some of the nervousness out of me.  Kept up the great work.

CHRISTOPHER D WROTE . . .
Well organized, with very personable volunteer examiners.

CHAD W WROTE . . .
Very pleased with the professionalism displayed by all members.

JAMES W WROTE . . .
The examiner and group was great ... an awesome experience ... made me feel comfortable and ready to pass the exam.

AUDREY G WROTE . . .
From the start I felt welcomed and encouraged.  This is a great group and I very much enjoyed my exam experience.  Thank you everyone!

MATTHEW T WROTE . . .
Great guys, make the testing process easy and fun

STEVEN R WROTE . . .
Well done.  Very well thought out and executed.

MIKE M WROTE . . .
Experience was great - I was just nervous.

JOSEPH E WROTE . . .
The lower online exam was very easy!  They contacted you by email to access their zoom meeting then sent you to another site to take the test.  Everyone was quite helpful and understanding when my computer decided to reinstall zoom!  I look forward to going back to take my general test with them!