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

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Question #1
Who selects a Frequency Coordinator?
A. The FCC Office of Spectrum Management and Coordination Policy
B. The local chapter of the Office of National Council of Independent Frequency Coordinators
C. Amateur operators in a local or regional area whose stations are eligible to be auxiliary or repeater stations
D. FCC Regional Field Office

Question #2
North American amateur stations are located in which ITU region?
A. Region 1
B. Region 2
C. Region 3
D. Region 4

Question #3
What is the grace period following the expiration of an amateur license within which the license may be renewed?
A. Two years
B. Three years
C. Five years
D. Ten years

Question #4
What is the meaning of the term broadcasting in the FCC rules for the amateur services?
A. Two-way transmissions by amateur stations
B. Transmission of music
C. Transmission of messages directed only to amateur operators
D. Transmissions intended for reception by the general public

Question #5
What type of control is used when the control operator is not at the station location but can indirectly manipulate the operating adjustments of a station?
A. Local
B. Remote
C. Automatic
D. Unattended

Question #6
When using tactical identifiers, how often must your station transmit the stationís FCC-assigned call sign?
A. Never, the tactical call is sufficient
B. Once during every hour
C. Every ten minutes
D. At the end of every communication

Question #7
What is an appropriate way to call another station on a repeater if you know the other station's call sign?
A. Say "break, break" then say the station's call sign
B. Say the station's call sign then identify with your call sign
C. Say "CQ" three times then the other station's call sign
D. Wait for the station to call "CQ" then answer it

Question #8
What happens when the deviation of an FM transmitter is increased?
A. Its signal occupies more bandwidth
B. Its output power increases
C. Its output power and bandwidth increases
D. Asymmetric modulation occurs

Question #9
What do RACES and ARES have in common?
A. They represent the two largest ham clubs in the United States
B. Both organizations broadcast road and weather traffic information
C. Neither may handle emergency traffic supporting public service agencies
D. Both organizations may provide communications during emergencies

Question #10
What type of wave carries radio signals between transmitting and receiving stations?
A. Electromagnetic
B. Electrostatic
C. Surface acoustic
D. Magnetostrictive

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
Which of the following might be happening when VHF signals are being received from long distances?
A. Signals are being reflected from outer space
B. Signals are arriving by sub-surface ducting
C. Signals are being reflected by lightning storms in your area
D. Signals are being refracted from a sporadic E layer

Question #13
Which type of conductor is best to use for RF grounding?
A. Round stranded wire
B. Round copper-clad steel wire
C. Twisted-pair cable
D. Flat strap

Question #14
What is the purpose of the squelch control on a transceiver?
A. To set the highest level of volume desired
B. To set the transmitter power level
C. To adjust the automatic gain control
D. To mute receiver output noise when no signal is being received

Question #15
What is the name for the flow of electrons in an electric circuit?
A. Voltage
B. Resistance
C. Capacitance
D. Current

Question #16
How many milliamperes is 1.5 amperes?
A. 15 milliamperes
B. 150 milliamperes
C. 1,500 milliamperes
D. 15,000 milliamperes

Question #17
How many amperes are flowing in a circuit when the applied voltage is 12 volts DC and the load is 120 watts?
A. 0.1 amperes
B. 10 amperes
C. 12 amperes
D. 132 amperes

Question #18
What is the resistance in a circuit for which the applied voltage is 12 volts and the current flow is 1.5 amperes?
A. 18 ohms
B. 0.125 ohms
C. 8 ohms
D. 13.5 ohms

Question #19
What electrical component is usually composed of a coil of wire?
A. Switch
B. Capacitor
C. Diode
D. Inductor

Question #20
How is a semiconductor diodeís cathode lead usually identified?
A. With the word "cathode"
B. With a stripe
C. With the letter "C"
D. All of these choices are correct

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

Question #22
Which of the following can be used to display signal strength on a numeric scale?
A. Potentiometer
B. Transistor
C. Meter
D. Relay

Question #23
What is the function of a mixer in a superheterodyne receiver?
A. To reject signals outside of the desired passband
B. To combine signals from several stations together
C. To shift the incoming signal to an intermediate frequency
D. To connect the receiver with an auxiliary device, such as a TNC

Question #24
What is a logical first step when attempting to cure a radio frequency interference problem in a nearby telephone?
A. Install a low-pass filter at the transmitter
B. Install a high-pass filter at the transmitter
C. Install an RF filter at the telephone
D. Improve station grounding

Question #25
What is the primary purpose of a dummy load?
A. To prevent the radiation of signals when making tests
B. To prevent over-modulation of your transmitter
C. To improve the radiation from your antenna
D. To improve the signal to noise ratio of your receiver

Question #26
Which of the following types of solder is best for radio and electronic use?
A. Acid-core solder
B. Silver solder
C. Rosin-core solder
D. Aluminum solder

Question #27
Which type of modulation is most commonly used for VHF and UHF voice repeaters?

Question #28
What is a commonly used method of sending signals to and from a digital satellite?
B. PSK31
C. FM Packet

Question #29
What is a grid locator?
A. A letter-number designator assigned to a geographic location
B. A letter-number designator assigned to an azimuth and elevation
C. An instrument for neutralizing a final amplifier
D. An instrument for radio direction finding

Question #30
What code is used when sending CW in the amateur bands?
A. Baudot
B. Hamming
C. International Morse
D. Gray

Question #31
How would you change a dipole antenna to make it resonant on a higher frequency?
A. Lengthen it
B. Insert coils in series with radiating wires
C. Shorten it
D. Add capacity hats to the ends of the radiating wires

Question #32
What might cause erratic changes in SWR readings?
A. The transmitter is being modulated
B. A loose connection in an antenna or a feedline
C. The transmitter is being over-modulated
D. Interference from other stations is distorting your signal

Question #33
What safety equipment should always be included in home-built equipment that is powered from 120V AC power circuits?
A. A fuse or circuit breaker in series with the AC "hot" conductor
B. An AC voltmeter across the incoming power source
C. An inductor in series with the AC power source
D. A capacitor across the AC power source

Question #34
Which of the following establishes grounding requirements for an amateur radio tower or antenna?
A. FCC Part 97 Rules
B. Local electrical codes
C. FAA tower lighting regulations
D. Underwriters Laboratories' recommended practices

Question #35
Which of the following is an acceptable method to determine that your station complies with FCC RF exposure regulations?
A. By calculation based on FCC OET Bulletin 65
B. By calculation based on computer modeling
C. By measurement of field strength using calibrated equipment
D. All of these choices are correct

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

Question #1
T1A09 - C
Question #2
T1B02 - B
Question #3
T1C09 - A
Question #4
T1D10 - D
Question #5
T1E10 - B
Question #6
T1F02 - C
Question #7
T2A04 - B
Question #8
T2B06 - A
Question #9
T2C04 - D
Question #10
T3A07 - A
Question #11
T3B02 - D
Question #12
T3C02 - D
Question #13
T4A08 - D
Question #14
T4B03 - D
Question #15
T5A03 - D
Question #16
T5B01 - C
Question #17
T5C11 - B
Question #18
T5D05 - C
Question #19
T6A07 - D
Question #20
T6B06 - B
Question #21
T6C04 - C
Question #22
T6D04 - C
Question #23
T7A03 - C
Question #24
T7B05 - C
Question #25
T7C01 - A
Question #26
T7D08 - C
Question #27
T8A04 - D
Question #28
T8B11 - C
Question #29
T8C05 - A
Question #30
T8D09 - C
Question #31
T9A05 - C
Question #32
T9B09 - B
Question #33
T0A13 - A
Question #34
T0B11 - B
Question #35
T0C06 - D