Technician Class Practice Test

Select the most correct answer for each question, then submit your practice test to check your score. This practice test randomly pulls one question from each topic in the Technician pool.

Good Luck!


What is meant by the statement that a satellite is operating in mode U/V?

The satellite uplink is in the 15 meter band and the downlink is in the 10 meter band
The satellite uplink is in the 70 centimeter band and the downlink is in the 2 meter band
The satellite operates using ultraviolet frequencies
The satellite frequencies are usually variable


What type of circuit controls the amount of voltage from a power supply?

Phase inverter


What happens to power lost in a feed line?

It increases the SWR
It comes back into your transmitter and could cause damage
It is converted into heat
It can cause distortion of your signal


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



What type of antennas are the quad, Yagi, and dish?

Non-resonant antennas
Log periodic antennas
Directional antennas
Isotropic antennas


What electrical component is used to protect other circuit components from current overloads?

All of these choices are correct


When do the FCC rules NOT apply to the operation of an amateur station?

When operating a RACES station
When operating under special FEMA rules
When operating under special ARES rules
Never, FCC rules always apply


When, under normal circumstances, may a Technician class licensee be the control operator of a station operating in an exclusive Amateur Extra class operator segment of the amateur bands?

At no time
When operating a special event station
As part of a multi-operator contest team
When using a club station whose trustee is an Amateur Extra class operator licensee


Which of the following is an appropriate receive filter bandwidth for minimizing noise and interference for SSB reception?

500 Hz
1000 Hz
2400 Hz
5000 Hz


Which of the following is an advantage of HF vs VHF and higher frequencies?

HF antennas are generally smaller
HF accommodates wider bandwidth signals
Long distance ionospheric propagation is far more common on HF
There is less atmospheric interference (static) on HF


Which of the following types of feed line has the lowest loss at VHF and UHF?

50-ohm flexible coax
Multi-conductor unbalanced cable
Air-insulated hard line
75-ohm flexible coax


Which of the following may be included in packet transmissions?

A check sum that permits error detection
A header that contains the call sign of the station to which the information is being sent
Automatic repeat request in case of error
All of these choices are correct


What term is commonly used to describe the rapid fluttering sound sometimes heard from mobile stations that are moving while transmitting?

Picket fencing
Frequency shifting


Which of the following is an important safety precaution to observe when putting up an antenna tower?

Wear a ground strap connected to your wrist at all times
Insulate the base of the tower to avoid lightning strikes
Look for and stay clear of any overhead electrical wires
All of these choices are correct


What is meant by the term "Third Party Communications"?

A message from a control operator to another amateur station control operator on behalf of another person
Amateur radio communications where three stations are in communications with one another
Operation when the transmitting equipment is licensed to a person other than the control operator
Temporary authorization for an unlicensed person to transmit on the amateur bands for technical experiments


What is the current in a circuit with an applied voltage of 120 volts and a resistance of 80 ohms?

9600 amperes
200 amperes
0.667 amperes
1.5 amperes


Which of the following components can consist of three layers of semiconductor material?

Pentagrid converter


Which of the following might damage a multimeter?

Measuring a voltage too small for the chosen scale
Leaving the meter in the milliamps position overnight
Attempting to measure voltage when using the resistance setting
Not allowing it to warm up properly


Which amateur band are you using when your station is transmitting on 146.52 MHz?

2 meter band
20 meter band
14 meter band
6 meter band


If an ammeter calibrated in amperes is used to measure a 3000-milliampere current, what reading would it show?

0.003 amperes
0.3 amperes
3 amperes
3,000,000 amperes


What is the ability to store energy in an electric field called?



In which of the following circumstances may the control operator of an amateur station receive compensation for operating that station?

When the communication is related to the sale of amateur equipment by the control operator's employer
When the communication is incidental to classroom instruction at an educational institution
When the communication is made to obtain emergency information for a local broadcast station
All of these choices are correct


How is access to some IRLP nodes accomplished?

By obtaining a password that is sent via voice to the node
By using DTMF signals
By entering the proper internet password
By using CTCSS tone codes


How does the wavelength of a radio wave relate to its frequency?

The wavelength gets longer as the frequency increases
The wavelength gets shorter as the frequency increases
There is no relationship between wavelength and frequency
The wavelength depends on the bandwidth of the signal


What type of tones are used to control repeaters linked by the Internet Relay Linking Project (IRLP) protocol?



How does RF radiation differ from ionizing radiation (radioactivity)?

RF radiation does not have sufficient energy to cause genetic damage
RF radiation can only be detected with an RF dosimeter
RF radiation is limited in range to a few feet
RF radiation is perfectly safe


How soon after passing the examination for your first amateur radio license may you operate a transmitter on an Amateur Radio Service frequency?

30 days after the test date
As soon as your operator/station license grant appears in the FCC's license database
You must wait until you receive your license in the mail from the FCC


What is the FCC Part 97 definition of a "beacon"?

A government transmitter marking the amateur radio band edges
A bulletin sent by the FCC to announce a national emergency
An amateur station transmitting communications for the purposes of observing propagation or related experimental activities
A continuous transmission of weather information authorized in the amateur bands by the National Weather Service


What device converts the RF input and output of a transceiver to another band?

High-pass filter
Low-pass filter
Phase converter


What is the name for a current that flows only in one direction?

Alternating current
Direct current
Normal current
Smooth current


What kind of hazard might exist in a power supply when it is turned off and disconnected?

Static electricity could damage the grounding system
Circulating currents inside the transformer might cause damage
The fuse might blow if you remove the cover
You might receive an electric shock from the charge stored in large capacitors


What would cause a broadcast AM or FM radio to receive an amateur radio transmission unintentionally?

The receiver is unable to reject strong signals outside the AM or FM band
The microphone gain of the transmitter is turned up too high
The audio amplifier of the transmitter is overloaded
The deviation of an FM transmitter is set too low


What is component 8 in figure T2?

Regulator IC
Light emitting diode
Circuit Diagram


How might a computer be used as part of an amateur radio station?

For logging contacts and contact information
For sending and/or receiving CW
For generating and decoding digital signals
All of these choices are correct


What is an appropriate way to call another station on a repeater if you know the other station's call sign?

Say "break, break," then say the station's call sign
Say the station's call sign, then identify with your call sign
Say "CQ" three times, then the other station's call sign
Wait for the station to call CQ, then answer it