Technician Practice Exam 35 Questions, valid until June 30th, 2014

The Genesee County Radio Club Holds VE Test Sessions on the
3rd Saturday of each month (except for May) at 9:30am
Baker College off Bristol Road in Flint, MI

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Question #1
What is the FCC Part 97 definition of an amateur station?
A. A station in an Amateur Radio Service consisting of the apparatus necessary for carrying on radio communications
B. A building where Amateur Radio receivers, transmitters, and RF power amplifiers are installed
C. Any radio station operated by a non-professional
D. Any radio station for hobby use

Question #2
What is the ITU?
A. An agency of the United States Department of Telecommunications Management
B. A United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues
C. An independent frequency coordination agency
D. A department of the FCC

Question #3
If your license has expired and is still within the allowable grace period, may you continue to operate a transmitter on amateur service frequencies?
A. No, transmitting is not allowed until the ULS database shows that the license has been renewed
B. Yes, but only if you identify using the suffix "GP"
C. Yes, but only during authorized nets
D. Yes, for up to two years

Question #4
When may the control operator of an amateur station receive compensation for operating the station?
A. When engaging in communications on behalf of their employer
B. When the communication is incidental to classroom instruction at an educational institution
C. When re-broadcasting weather alerts during a RACES net
D. When notifying other amateur operators of the availability for sale or trade of apparatus

Question #5
Who must designate the station control operator?
A. The station licensee
B. The FCC
C. The frequency coordinator
D. The ITU

Question #6
When may a Technician Class licensee be the control operator of a station operating in an exclusive Extra Class operator segment of the amateur bands?
A. Never
B. On Armed Forces Day
C. As part of a multi-operator contest team
D. When using a club station whose trustee is an Extra Class operator licensee

Question #7
What should you transmit when responding to a call of CQ?
A. CQ followed by the other stationís call sign
B. Your call sign followed by the other stationís call sign
C. The other stationís call sign followed by your call sign
D. A signal report followed by your call sign

Question #8
What determines the amount of deviation of an FM signal?
A. Both the frequency and amplitude of the modulating signal
B. The frequency of the modulating signal
C. The amplitude of the modulating signal
D. The relative phase of the modulating signal and the carrier

Question #9
What should you do to minimize disruptions to an emergency traffic net once you have checked in?
A. Whenever the net frequency is quiet, announce your call sign and location
B. Move 5 kHz away from the net's frequency and use high power to ask other hams to keep clear of the net frequency
C. Do not transmit on the net frequency until asked to do so by the net control station
D. Wait until the net frequency is quiet, then ask for any emergency traffic for your area

Question #10
What term is commonly used to describe the rapid fluttering sound sometimes heard from mobile stations that are moving while transmitting?
A. Flip-flopping
B. Picket fencing
C. Frequency shifting
D. Pulsing

Question #11
What term describes the number of times per second that an alternating current reverses direction?
A. Pulse rate
B. Speed
C. Wavelength
D. Frequency

Question #12
What band is best suited to communicating via meteor scatter?
A. 10 meters
B. 6 meters
C. 2 meters
D. 70 cm

Question #13
What is the source of a high-pitched whine that varies with engine speed in a mobile transceiverís receive audio?
A. The ignition system
B. The alternator
C. The electric fuel pump
D. Anti-lock braking system controllers

Question #14
Which of the following controls could be used if the voice pitch of a single-sideband signal seems too high or low?
A. The AGC or limiter
B. The bandwidth selection
C. The tone squelch
D. The receiver RIT or clarifier

Question #15
Which of the following is a good electrical insulator?
A. Copper
B. Glass
C. Aluminum
D. Mercury

Question #16
What is the approximate amount of change, measured in decibels (dB), of a power increase from 5 watts to 10 watts?
A. 2 dB
B. 3 dB
C. 5 dB
D. 10 dB

Question #17
How much power is being used in a circuit when the applied voltage is 13.8 volts DC and the current is 10 amperes?
A. 138 watts
B. 0.7 watts
C. 23.8 watts
D. 3.8 watts

Question #18
What formula is used to calculate voltage in a circuit?
A. Voltage (E) equals current (I) multiplied by resistance (R)
B. Voltage (E) equals current (I) divided by resistance (R)
C. Voltage (E) equals current (I) added to resistance (R)
D. Voltage (E) equals current (I) minus resistance (R)

Question #19
What electrical component is used to protect other circuit components from current overloads?
A. Fuse
B. Capacitor
C. Shield
D. Inductor

Question #20
Which of these components is made of three layers of semiconductor material?
A. Alternator
B. Bipolar junction transistor
C. Triode
D. Pentagrid converter

Question #21
What is component 3 in figure T1?
A. Resistor
B. Transistor
C. Lamp
D. Ground symbol

Question #22
What best describes a relay?
A. A switch controlled by an electromagnet
B. A current controlled amplifier
C. An optical sensor
D. A pass transistor

Question #23
What device takes the output of a low-powered 28 MHz SSB exciter and produces a 222 MHz output signal?
A. High-pass filter
B. Low-pass filter
C. Transverter
D. Phase converter

Question #24
What should you do first if someone tells you that your stationís transmissions are interfering with their radio or TV reception?
A. Make sure that your station is functioning properly and that it does not cause interference to your own television
B. Immediately turn off your transmitter and contact the nearest FCC office for assistance
C. Tell them that your license gives you the right to transmit and nothing can be done to reduce the interference
D. Continue operating normally because your equipment cannot possibly cause any interference

Question #25
What is a disadvantage of "air core" coaxial cable when compared to foam or solid dielectric types?
A. It has more loss per foot
B. It cannot be used for VHF or UHF antennas
C. It requires special techniques to prevent water absorption
D. It cannot be used at below freezing temperatures

Question #26
What instrument is used to measure resistance?
A. An oscilloscope
B. A spectrum analyzer
C. A noise bridge
D. An ohmmeter

Question #27
What is the approximate bandwidth of a VHF repeater FM phone signal?
A. Less than 500 Hz
B. About 150 kHz
C. Between 5 and 15 kHz
D. Between 50 and 125 kHz

Question #28
Which of the following can be done using an amateur radio satellite?
A. Talk to amateur radio operators in other countries
B. Get global positioning information
C. Make telephone calls
D. All of these choices are correct

Question #29
For what purpose is a temporary "1 by 1" format letter-number-letter call sign assigned?
A. To designate an experimental station
B. To honor a deceased relative who was a radio amateur
C. For operations in conjunction with an activity of special significance to the amateur community
D. All of these choices are correct

Question #30
Which of the following is an example of a digital communications method?
A. Packet
B. PSK31
D. All of these choices are correct

Question #31
What type of antennas are the quad, Yagi, and dish?
A. Non-resonant antennas
B. Loop antennas
C. Directional antennas
D. Isotropic antennas

Question #32
Which of the following is true of PL-259 type coax connectors?
A. They are good for UHF frequencies
B. They are water tight
C. The are commonly used at HF frequencies
D. They are a bayonet type connector

Question #33
Which of these precautions should be taken when installing devices for lightning protection in a coaxial cable feedline?
A. Include a parallel bypass switch for each protector so that it can be switched out of the circuit when running high power
B. Include a series switch in the ground line of each protector to prevent RF overload from inadvertently damaging the protector
C. Keep the ground wires from each protector separate and connected to station ground
D. Ground all of the protectors to a common plate which is in turn connected to an external ground

Question #34
What is a good precaution to observe before climbing an antenna tower?
A. Make sure that you wear a grounded wrist strap
B. Remove all tower grounding connections
C. Put on a climbing harness and safety glasses
D. All of the these choices are correct

Question #35
What is the maximum power level that an amateur radio station may use at VHF frequencies before an RF exposure evaluation is required?
A. 1500 watts PEP transmitter output
B. 1 watt forward power
C. 50 watts PEP at the antenna
D. 50 watts PEP reflected power

********************Answer Key for your Test*******************

Question #1
T1A10 - A
Question #2
T1B01 - B
Question #3
T1C11 - A
Question #4
T1D08 - B
Question #5
T1E03 - A
Question #6
T1F08 - A
Question #7
T2A05 - C
Question #8
T2B05 - C
Question #9
T2C07 - C
Question #10
T3A06 - B
Question #11
T3B02 - D
Question #12
T3C07 - B
Question #13
T4A10 - B
Question #14
T4B06 - D
Question #15
T5A08 - B
Question #16
T5B09 - B
Question #17
T5C09 - A
Question #18
T5D02 - A
Question #19
T6A09 - A
Question #20
T6B04 - B
Question #21
T6C04 - C
Question #22
T6D02 - A
Question #23
T7A06 - C
Question #24
T7B06 - A
Question #25
T7C11 - C
Question #26
T7D05 - D
Question #27
T8A09 - C
Question #28
T8B03 - A
Question #29
T8C06 - C
Question #30
T8D01 - D
Question #31
T9A06 - C
Question #32
T9B07 - C
Question #33
T0A07 - D
Question #34
T0B02 - C
Question #35
T0C03 - C