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
For whom is the Amateur Radio Service intended?
A. Persons who have messages to broadcast to the public
B. Persons who need communications for the activities of their immediate family members, relatives and friends
C. Persons who need two-way communications for personal reasons
D. Persons who are interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest

Question #2
Which 70 cm frequency is authorized to a Technician Class license holder operating in ITU Region 2?
A. 53.350 MHz
B. 146.520 MHz
C. 443.350 MHz
D. 222.520 MHz

Question #3
Which of the following is a valid US amateur radio station call sign?
A. KMA3505
D. 11Q1176

Question #4
When is the transmission of codes or ciphers allowed to hide the meaning of a message transmitted by an amateur station?
A. Only during contests
B. Only when operating mobile
C. Only when transmitting control commands to space stations or radio control craft
D. Only when frequencies above 1280 MHz are used

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
What type of amateur station simultaneously retransmits the signal of another amateur station on a different channel or channels?
A. Beacon station
B. Earth station
C. Repeater station
D. Message forwarding station

Question #7
What is a band plan, beyond the privileges established by the FCC?
A. A voluntary guideline for using different modes or activities within an amateur band
B. A mandated list of operating schedules
C. A list of scheduled net frequencies
D. A plan devised by a club to use a frequency band during a contest

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
When may an amateur station use any means of radio communications at its disposal for essential communications in connection with immediate safety of human life and protection of property?
A. Only when FEMA authorizes it by declaring an emergency
B. When normal communications systems are not available
C. Only when RACES authorizes it by declaring an emergency
D. Only when authorized by the local MARS program director

Question #10
When using a directional antenna, how might your station be able to access a distant repeater if buildings or obstructions are blocking the direct line of sight path?
A. Change from vertical to horizontal polarization
B. Try to find a path that reflects signals to the repeater
C. Try the long path
D. Increase the antenna SWR

Question #11
What frequency range is referred to as HF?
A. 300 to 3000 MHz
B. 30 to 300 MHz
C. 3 to 30 MHz
D. 300 to 3000 kHz

Question #12
Which of the following propagation types is most commonly associated with occasional strong over-the-horizon signals on the 10, 6, and 2 meter bands?
A. Backscatter
B. Sporadic E
C. D layer absorption
D. Gray-line propagation

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
Which of the following is an appropriate receive filter to select in order to minimize noise and interference for SSB reception?
A. 500 Hz
B. 1000 Hz
C. 2400 Hz
D. 5000 Hz

Question #15
Which of the following is a good electrical conductor?
A. Glass
B. Wood
C. Copper
D. Rubber

Question #16
What is the approximate amount of change, measured in decibels (dB), of a power decrease from 12 watts to 3 watts?
A. 1 dB
B. 3 dB
C. 6 dB
D. 9 dB

Question #17
What is a usual name for electromagnetic waves that travel through space?
A. Gravity waves
B. Sound waves
C. Radio waves
D. Pressure waves

Question #18
What is the current flow in a circuit with an applied voltage of 120 volts and a resistance of 80 ohms?
A. 9600 amperes
B. 200 amperes
C. 0.667 amperes
D. 1.5 amperes

Question #19
Which battery type is not rechargeable?
A. Nickel-cadmium
B. Carbon-zinc
C. Lead-acid
D. Lithium-ion

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 4 in figure T3?
A. Antenna
B. Transmitter
C. Dummy load
D. Ground

Question #22
Which of the following is a common use of coaxial cable?
A. Carry dc power from a vehicle battery to a mobile radio
B. Carry RF signals between a radio and antenna
C. Secure masts, tubing, and other cylindrical objects on towers
D. Connect data signals from a TNC to a computer

Question #23
Where is an RF preamplifier installed?
A. Between the antenna and receiver
B. At the output of the transmitter's power amplifier
C. Between a transmitter and antenna tuner
D. At the receiver's audio output

Question #24
What does the acronym "BER" mean when applied to digital communications systems?
A. Baud Enhancement Recovery
B. Baud Error Removal
C. Bit Error Rate
D. Bit Exponent Resource

Question #25
What reading on an SWR meter indicates a perfect impedance match between the antenna and the feedline?
A. 2 to 1
B. 1 to 3
C. 1 to 1
D. 10 to 1

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 of the following is a form of amplitude modulation?
A. Spread-spectrum
B. Packet radio
C. Single sideband
D. Phase shift keying

Question #28
With regard to satellite communications, what is Doppler shift?
A. A change in the satellite orbit
B. A mode where the satellite receives signals on one band and transmits on another
C. An observed change in signal frequency caused by relative motion between the satellite and the earth station
D. A special digital communications mode for some satellites

Question #29
Which of these items would be useful for a hidden transmitter hunt?
A. Calibrated SWR meter
B. A directional antenna
C. A calibrated noise bridge
D. All of these choices are correct

Question #30
What does the abbreviation PSK mean?
A. Pulse Shift Keying
B. Phase Shift Keying
C. Packet Short Keying
D. Phased Slide Keying

Question #31
Which of the following is true regarding vertical antennas?
A. The magnetic field is perpendicular to the Earth
B. The electric field is perpendicular to the Earth
C. The phase is inverted
D. The phase is reversed

Question #32
Why should coax connectors exposed to the weather be sealed against water intrusion?
A. To prevent an increase in feedline loss
B. To prevent interference to telephones
C. To keep the jacket from becoming loose
D. All of these choices are correct

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
Which of the following is an important safety rule to remember when using a crank-up tower?
A. This type of tower must never be painted
B. This type of tower must never be grounded
C. This type of tower must never be climbed unless it is in the fully retracted position
D. All of these choices are correct

Question #35
What factors affect the RF exposure of people near an amateur station antenna?
A. Frequency and power level of the RF field
B. Distance from the antenna to a person
C. Radiation pattern of the antenna
D. All of these choices are correct

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

Question #1
T1A01 - D
Question #2
T1B05 - C
Question #3
T1C02 - B
Question #4
T1D03 - C
Question #5
T1E03 - A
Question #6
T1F09 - C
Question #7
T2A10 - A
Question #8
T2B06 - A
Question #9
T2C09 - B
Question #10
T3A05 - B
Question #11
T3B10 - C
Question #12
T3C04 - B
Question #13
T4A08 - D
Question #14
T4B09 - C
Question #15
T5A07 - C
Question #16
T5B10 - C
Question #17
T5C07 - C
Question #18
T5D07 - D
Question #19
T6A11 - B
Question #20
T6B04 - B
Question #21
T6C11 - A
Question #22
T6D11 - B
Question #23
T7A13 - A
Question #24
T7B12 - C
Question #25
T7C04 - C
Question #26
T7D08 - C
Question #27
T8A01 - C
Question #28
T8B07 - C
Question #29
T8C02 - B
Question #30
T8D06 - B
Question #31
T9A02 - B
Question #32
T9B08 - A
Question #33
T0A07 - D
Question #34
T0B07 - C
Question #35
T0C04 - D