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

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Question #1
What is the FCC Part 97 definition of telecommand?
A. An instruction bulletin issued by the FCC
B. A one-way radio transmission of measurements at a distance from the measuring instrument
C. A one-way transmission to initiate, modify or terminate functions of a device at a distance
D. An instruction from a VEC

Question #2
Which frequency is within the 6 meter band?
A. 49.00 MHz
B. 52.525 MHz
C. 28.50 MHz
D. 222.15 MHz

Question #3
What types of international communications are permitted by an FCC-licensed amateur station?
A. Communications incidental to the purposes of the amateur service and remarks of a personal character
B. Communications incidental to conducting business or remarks of a personal nature
C. Only communications incidental to contest exchanges, all other communications are prohibited
D. Any communications that would be permitted on an international broadcast station

Question #4
Under which of the following circumstances are amateur stations authorized to transmit signals related to broadcasting, program production, or news gathering, assuming no other means is available?
A. Only where such communications directly relate to the immediate safety of human life or protection of property
B. Only when broadcasting communications to or from the space shuttle.
C. Only where noncommercial programming is gathered and supplied exclusively to the National Public Radio network
D. Only when using amateur repeaters linked to the Internet

Question #5
What determines the transmitting privileges of an amateur station?
A. The frequency authorized by the frequency coordinator
B. The class of operator license held by the station licensee
C. The highest class of operator license held by anyone on the premises
D. The class of operator license held by the control operator

Question #6
How many persons are required to be members of a club for a club station license to be issued by the FCC?
A. At least 5
B. At least 4
C. A trustee and 2 officers
D. At least 2

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 is the "Q" signal used to indicate that you are receiving interference from other stations?

Question #9
What is meant by the term "check" in reference to a formal traffic message?
A. The check is a count of the number of words or word equivalents in the text portion of the message
B. The check is the value of a money order attached to the message
C. The check is a list of stations that have relayed the message
D. The check is a box on the message form that tells you the message was received

Question #10
What antenna polarization is normally used for long-distance weak-signal CW and SSB contacts using the VHF and UHF bands?
A. Right-hand circular
B. Left-hand circular
C. Horizontal
D. Vertical

Question #11
What are the frequency limits of the UHF spectrum?
A. 30 to 300 kHz
B. 30 to 300 MHz
C. 300 to 3000 kHz
D. 300 to 3000 MHz

Question #12
What is the radio horizon?
A. The distance at which radio signals between two points are effectively blocked by the curvature of the Earth
B. The distance from the ground to a horizontally mounted antenna
C. The farthest point you can see when standing at the base of your antenna tower
D. The shortest distance between two points on the Earth's surface

Question #13
Which is a good reason to use a regulated power supply for communications equipment?
A. It prevents voltage fluctuations from reaching sensitive circuits
B. A regulated power supply has FCC approval
C. A fuse or circuit breaker regulates the power
D. Power consumption is independent of load

Question #14
Which of the following is an appropriate receive filter to select in order to minimize noise and interference for CW reception?
A. 500 Hz
B. 1000 Hz
C. 2400 Hz
D. 5000 Hz

Question #15
What is the name for a current that flows only in one direction?
A. Alternating current
B. Direct current
C. Normal current
D. Smooth current

Question #16
What is another way to specify a radio signal frequency of 1,500,000 hertz?
A. 1500 kHz
B. 1500 MHz
C. 15 GHz
D. 150 kHz

Question #17
What is the ability to store energy in a magnetic field called?
A. Admittance
B. Capacitance
C. Resistance
D. Inductance

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

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 semiconductor component has a gate electrode?
A. Bipolar transistor
B. Field effect transistor
C. Silicon diode
D. Bridge rectifier

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

Question #22
What is the function of component 2 in Figure T1?
A. Give off light when current flows through it
B. Supply electrical energy
C. Control the flow of current
D. Convert electrical energy into radio waves

Question #23
Which of the following circuits demodulates FM signals?
A. Limiter
B. Discriminator
C. Product detector
D. Phase inverter

Question #24
What is meant by fundamental overload in reference to a receiver?
A. Too much voltage from the power supply
B. Too much current from the power supply
C. Interference caused by very strong signals
D. Interference caused by turning the volume up too high

Question #25
What happens to power lost in a feedline?
A. It increases the SWR
B. It comes back into your transmitter and could cause damage
C. It is converted into heat
D. It can cause distortion of your signal

Question #26
Which of the following measurements are commonly made using a multimeter?
A. SWR and RF power
B. Signal strength and noise
C. Impedance and reactance
D. Voltage and resistance

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
What is a satellite beacon?
A. The primary transmit antenna on the satellite
B. An indicator light that that shows where to point your antenna
C. A reflective surface on the satellite
D. A transmission from a space station that contains information about a satellite

Question #29
What is required in place of on-air station identification when sending signals to a radio control model using amateur frequencies?
A. Voice identification must be transmitted every 10 minutes
B. Morse code ID must be sent once per hour
C. A label indicating the licensee’s name, call sign and address must be affixed to the transmitter
D. A flag must be affixed to the transmitter antenna with the station call sign in 1 inch high letters or larger

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 is a beam antenna?
A. An antenna built from aluminum I-beams
B. An omnidirectional antenna invented by Clarence Beam
C. An antenna that concentrates signals in one direction
D. An antenna that reverses the phase of received signals

Question #32
Which of the following types of feedline has the lowest loss at VHF and UHF?
A. 50-ohm flexible coax
B. Multi-conductor unbalanced cable
C. Air-insulated hard line
D. 75-ohm flexible coax

Question #33
What is connected to the green wire in a three-wire electrical AC plug?
A. Neutral
B. Hot
C. Safety ground
D. The white wire

Question #34
Which of the following is true concerning grounding conductors used for lightning protection?
A. Only non-insulated wire must be used
B. Wires must be carefully routed with precise right-angle bends
C. Sharp bends must be avoided
D. Common grounds must be avoided

Question #35
Why do exposure limits vary with frequency?
A. Lower frequency RF fields have more energy than higher frequency fields
B. Lower frequency RF fields do not penetrate the human body
C. Higher frequency RF fields are transient in nature
D. The human body absorbs more RF energy at some frequencies than at others

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

Question #1
T1A06 - C
Question #2
T1B03 - B
Question #3
T1C03 - A
Question #4
T1D09 - A
Question #5
T1E04 - D
Question #6
T1F12 - B
Question #7
T2A04 - B
Question #8
T2B10 - A
Question #9
T2C11 - A
Question #10
T3A03 - C
Question #11
T3B09 - D
Question #12
T3C10 - A
Question #13
T4A03 - A
Question #14
T4B10 - A
Question #15
T5A04 - B
Question #16
T5B02 - A
Question #17
T5C03 - D
Question #18
T5D03 - B
Question #19
T6A09 - A
Question #20
T6B11 - B
Question #21
T6C04 - C
Question #22
T6D10 - C
Question #23
T7A11 - B
Question #24
T7B02 - C
Question #25
T7C07 - C
Question #26
T7D07 - D
Question #27
T8A09 - C
Question #28
T8B05 - D
Question #29
T8C08 - C
Question #30
T8D01 - D
Question #31
T9A01 - C
Question #32
T9B11 - C
Question #33
T0A03 - C
Question #34
T0B10 - C
Question #35
T0C05 - D