Passed the tech exam on 10/9, and will take the Gen test on 10/23. The thing is, I still don't have my call sign from the Tech exam (checking the FCC every couple hours does not speed thnkgs up LOL).
Anyway, should I hold off before taking the Gen test (even though I am ready), or is it OK (paper work wise) to go ahead and take it on the 23rd without any call sign?
BTW, how long should it take to get the first call sign (seems like forever to me LOL)?
- Dan /TE
Go ahead and take the General, but be sure to take your CSCE (the signed form you should have received after passing the Tech) to the exam session. It serves as proof that you passed Element 2.
The amount of time it takes for your call sign to appear in the FCC database depends on how quickly the VE group and their VEC process the paperwork. I'm with an ARRL-affiliated group in California; our Saturday test sessions almost always result in call signs appearing by the following Friday, and often as early as Tuesday or Wednesday. Your mileage may vary.