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!


Who does the FCC presume to be the control operator of an amateur station, unless documentation to the contrary is in the station records?

The station custodian
The third-party participant
The person operating the station equipment
The station licensee


What are the frequency limits of the VHF spectrum?

30 to 300 kHz
30 to 300 MHz
300 to 3000 kHz
300 to 3000 MHz


What type of electrical component consists of two or more conductive surfaces separated by an insulator?



Which of the following is accurately represented in electrical schematics?

Wire lengths
Physical appearance of components
The way components are interconnected
All of these choices are correct


What is the resistance of a circuit in which a current of 3 amperes flows through a resistor connected to 90 volts?

3 ohms
30 ohms
93 ohms
270 ohms


Which of the following controls could be used if the voice pitch of a single-sideband signal seems too high or low?

The AGC or limiter
The bandwidth selection
The tone squelch
The receiver RIT or clarifier


Which of the following measurements are commonly made using a multimeter?

SWR and RF power
Signal strength and noise
Impedance and reactance
Voltage and resistance


What is a grid locator?

A letter-number designator assigned to a geographic location
A letter-number designator assigned to an azimuth and elevation
An instrument for neutralizing a final amplifier
An instrument for radio direction finding


What method of call sign identification is required for a station transmitting phone signals?

Send the call sign followed by the indicator RPT
Send the call sign using a CW or phone emission
Send the call sign followed by the indicator R
Send the call sign using only a phone emission


What can happen if the antennas at opposite ends of a VHF or UHF line of sight radio link are not using the same polarization?

The modulation sidebands might become inverted
Signals could be significantly weaker
Signals have an echo effect on voices
Nothing significant will happen


What do RACES and ARES have in common?

They represent the two largest ham clubs in the United States
Both organizations broadcast road and weather information
Neither may handle emergency traffic supporting public service agencies
Both organizations may provide communications during emergencies


Which of the following best describes DMR (Digital Mobile Radio)?

A technique for time-multiplexing two digital voice signals on a single 12.5 kHz repeater channel
An automatic position tracking mode for FM mobiles communicating through repeaters
An automatic computer logging technique for hands-off logging when communicating while operating a vehicle
A digital technique for transmitting on two repeater inputs simultaneously for automatic error correction


Which of the following is a good way to judge whether your uplink power is neither too low nor too high?

Check your signal strength report in the telemetry data
Listen for distortion on your downlink signal
Your signal strength on the downlink should be about the same as the beacon
All of these choices are correct


What is the minimum safe distance from a power line to allow when installing an antenna?

Half the width of your property
The height of the power line above ground
1/2 wavelength at the operating frequency
Enough so that if the antenna falls unexpectedly, no part of it can come closer than 10 feet to the power wires


Which of the following is equal to 500 milliwatts?

0.02 watts
0.5 watts
5 watts
50 watts


Which of the following describes a linked repeater network?

A network of repeaters where signals received by one repeater are repeated by all the repeaters
A repeater with more than one receiver
Multiple repeaters with the same owner
A system of repeaters linked by APRS


What is the name of a device that combines several semiconductors and other components into one package?

Multi-pole relay
Integrated circuit


Which of the following actions might amateur operators take to prevent exposure to RF radiation in excess of FCC-supplied limits?

Relocate antennas
Relocate the transmitter
Increase the duty cycle
All of these choices are correct


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?

Only where such communications directly relate to the immediate safety of human life or protection of property
Only when broadcasting communications to or from the space shuttle
Only where noncommercial programming is gathered and supplied exclusively to the National Public Radio network
Only when using amateur repeaters linked to the internet


What does the abbreviation FET stand for?

Field Effect Transistor
Fast Electron Transistor
Free Electron Transmitter
Frequency Emission Transmitter


What is the impedance of most coaxial cables used in amateur radio installations?

8 ohms
50 ohms
600 ohms
12 ohms


Which of the following is a common repeater frequency offset in the 2 meter band?

Plus or minus 5 MHz
Plus or minus 600 kHz
Plus or minus 500 kHz
Plus or minus 1 MHz


Which of the following conductors provides the lowest impedance to RF signals?

Round stranded wire
Round copper-clad steel wire
Twisted-pair cable
Flat strap


What is the grace period following the expiration of an amateur license within which the license may be renewed?

Two years
Three years
Five years
Ten years


What mode is responsible for allowing over-the-horizon VHF and UHF communications to ranges of approximately 300 miles on a regular basis?

Tropospheric ducting
D layer refraction
F2 layer refraction
Faraday rotation


What does an SWR reading of 4:1 indicate?

Loss of -4 dB
Good impedance match
Gain of +4 dB
Impedance mismatch


What does the abbreviation "RF" refer to?

Radio frequency signals of all types
The resonant frequency of a tuned circuit
The real frequency transmitted as opposed to the apparent frequency
Reflective force in antenna transmission lines


Which of the following actions should you take if a neighbor tells you that your station's transmissions are interfering with their radio or TV reception?

Make sure that your station is functioning properly and that it does not cause interference to your own radio or television when it is tuned to the same channel
Immediately turn off your transmitter and contact the nearest FCC office for assistance
Tell them that your license gives you the right to transmit and nothing can be done to reduce the interference
Install a harmonic doubler on the output of your transmitter and tune it until the interference is eliminated


Electrical power is measured in which of the following units?



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

Non-resonant antennas
Log periodic antennas
Directional antennas
Isotropic antennas


Which term describes the ability of a receiver to detect the presence of a signal?

Total Harmonic Distortion


Which amateur radio stations may make contact with an amateur radio station on the International Space Station (ISS) using 2 meter and 70 cm band frequencies?

Only members of amateur radio clubs at NASA facilities
Any amateur holding a Technician or higher-class license
Only the astronaut's family members who are hams
Contacts with the ISS are not permitted on amateur radio frequencies


What is the approximate maximum bandwidth required to transmit a CW signal?

2.4 kHz
150 Hz
1000 Hz
15 kHz


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


How many operator/primary station license grants may be held by any one person?

No more than two
One for each band on which the person plans to operate
One for each permanent station location from which the person plans to operate