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

Question #2
Which of the bands available to Technician Class operators have mode-restricted sub-bands?
A. The 6 meter, 2 meter, and 70 cm bands
B. The 2 meter and 13 cm bands
C. The 6 meter, 2 meter, and 1.25 meter bands
D. The 2 meter and 70 cm bands

Question #3
How soon may you operate a transmitter on an amateur service frequency after you pass the examination required for your first amateur radio license?
A. Immediately
B. 30 days after the test date
C. As soon as your name and call sign appear in the FCC’s ULS database
D. You must wait until you receive your license in the mail from the FCC

Question #4
When is an amateur station authorized to automatically retransmit the radio signals of other amateur stations?
A. When the signals are from an auxiliary, beacon, or Earth station
B. When the signals are from an auxiliary, repeater, or space station
C. When the signals are from a beacon, repeater, or space station
D. When the signals are from an Earth, repeater, or space station

Question #5
Who does the FCC presume to be the control operator of an amateur station, unless documentation to the contrary is in the station records?
A. The station custodian
B. The third party participant
C. The person operating the station equipment
D. The station licensee

Question #6
What method of call sign identification is required for a station transmitting phone signals?
A. Send the call sign followed by the indicator RPT
B. Send the call sign using CW or phone emission
C. Send the call sign followed by the indicator R
D. Send the call sign using only phone emission

Question #7
What brief statement is often used in place of "CQ" to indicate that you are listening on a repeater?
A. Say "Hello test" followed by your call sign
B. Say your call sign
C. Say the repeater call sign followed by your call sign
D. Say the letters "QSY" followed by your call sign

Question #8
What should you do if you receive a report that your station’s transmissions are causing splatter or interference on nearby frequencies?
A. Increase transmit power
B. Change mode of transmission
C. Report the interference to the equipment manufacturer
D. Check your transmitter for off-frequency operation or spurious emissions

Question #9
What is the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service?
A. An emergency radio service organized by amateur operators
B. A radio service using amateur stations for emergency management or civil defense communications
C. A radio service organized to provide communications at civic events
D. A radio service organized by amateur operators to assist non-military persons

Question #10
Why are UHF signals often more effective from inside buildings than VHF signals?
A. VHF signals lose power faster over distance
B. The shorter wavelength allows them to more easily penetrate the structure of buildings
C. This is incorrect; VHF works better than UHF inside buildings
D. UHF antennas are more efficient than VHF antennas

Question #11
What is the approximate velocity of a radio wave as it travels through free space?
A. 3000 kilometers per second
B. 300,000,000 meters per second
C. 300,000 miles per hour
D. 186,000 miles per hour

Question #12
What mode is responsible for allowing over-the-horizon VHF and UHF communications to ranges of approximately 300 miles on a regular basis?
A. Tropospheric scatter
B. D layer refraction
C. F2 layer refraction
D. Faraday rotation

Question #13
Which would you use to reduce RF current flowing on the shield of an audio cable?
A. Band-pass filter
B. Low-pass filter
C. Preamplifier
D. Ferrite choke

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 reverses direction on a regular basis?
A. Alternating current
B. Direct current
C. Circular current
D. Vertical current

Question #16
How many microfarads are 1,000,000 picofarads?
A. 0.001 microfarads
B. 1 microfarad
C. 1000 microfarads
D. 1,000,000,000 microfarads

Question #17
How much power is being used in a circuit when the applied voltage is 12 volts DC and the current is 2.5 amperes?
A. 4.8 watts
B. 30 watts
C. 14.5 watts
D. 0.208 watts

Question #18
What is the voltage across a 2-ohm resistor if a current of 0.5 amperes flows through it?
A. 1 volt
B. 0.25 volts
C. 2.5 volts
D. 1.5 volts

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 the following electronic components can amplify signals?
A. Transistor
B. Variable resistor
C. Electrolytic capacitor
D. Multi-cell battery

Question #21
What do the symbols on an electrical circuit schematic diagram represent?
A. Electrical components
B. Logic states
C. Digital codes
D. Traffic nodes

Question #22
What type of circuit controls the amount of voltage from a power supply?
A. Regulator
B. Oscillator
C. Filter
D. Phase inverter

Question #23
If figure T5 represents a transceiver in which block 1 is the transmitter portion and block 3 is the receiver portion, what is the function of block 2?
A. A balanced modulator
B. A transmit-receive switch
C. A power amplifier
D. A high-pass filter

Question #24
What should you do if a "Part 15" device in your neighbor’s home is causing harmful interference to your amateur station?
A. Work with your neighbor to identify the offending device
B. Politely inform your neighbor about the rules that require him to stop using the device if it causes interference
C. Check your station and make sure it meets the standards of good amateur practice
D. All of these choices are correct

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
What is the characteristic appearance of a "cold" solder joint?
A. Dark black spots
B. A bright or shiny surface
C. A grainy or dull surface
D. A greenish tint

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

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
What popular operating activity involves contacting as many stations as possible during a specified period of time?
A. Contesting
B. Net operations
C. Public service events
D. Simulated emergency exercises

Question #30
Which of the following may be included in packet transmissions?
A. A check sum which permits error detection
B. A header which contains the call sign of the station to which the information is being sent
C. Automatic repeat request in case of error
D. All of these choices are correct

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
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
What is a good way to guard against electrical shock at your station?
A. Use three-wire cords and plugs for all AC powered equipment
B. Connect all AC powered station equipment to a common safety ground
C. Use a circuit protected by a ground-fault interrupter
D. All of these choices are correct

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
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
T1A07 - C
Question #2
T1B10 - C
Question #3
T1C10 - C
Question #4
T1D07 - B
Question #5
T1E11 - D
Question #6
T1F05 - B
Question #7
T2A09 - B
Question #8
T2B07 - D
Question #9
T2C05 - B
Question #10
T3A02 - B
Question #11
T3B11 - B
Question #12
T3C06 - A
Question #13
T4A09 - D
Question #14
T4B10 - A
Question #15
T5A09 - A
Question #16
T5B08 - B
Question #17
T5C10 - B
Question #18
T5D10 - A
Question #19
T6A09 - A
Question #20
T6B05 - A
Question #21
T6C12 - A
Question #22
T6D05 - A
Question #23
T7A07 - B
Question #24
T7B08 - D
Question #25
T7C07 - C
Question #26
T7D09 - C
Question #27
T8A04 - D
Question #28
T8B07 - C
Question #29
T8C03 - A
Question #30
T8D08 - D
Question #31
T9A02 - B
Question #32
T9B07 - C
Question #33
T0A06 - D
Question #34
T0B02 - C
Question #35
T0C06 - D