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!


T2C08:

Which of the following is a characteristic of good traffic handling?

Passing messages exactly as received
Making decisions as to whether messages are worthy of relay or delivery
Ensuring that any newsworthy messages are relayed to the news media
All of these choices are correct

T6B11:

What is the term that describes a device's ability to amplify a signal?

Gain
Forward resistance
Forward voltage drop
On resistance

T1A10:

Which of the following describes the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)?

A radio service using amateur frequencies for emergency management or civil defense communications
A radio service using amateur stations for emergency management or civil defense communications
An emergency service using amateur operators certified by a civil defense organization as being enrolled in that organization
All of these choices are correct

T4A07:

How is a computer's sound card used when conducting digital communications?

The sound card communicates between the computer CPU and the video display
The sound card records the audio frequency for video display
The sound card provides audio to the radio's microphone input and converts received audio to digital form
All of these choices are correct

T1C08:

What is the normal term for an FCC-issued primary station/operator amateur radio license grant?

Five years
Life
Ten years
Twenty years

T1B02:

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

T3A09:

Which of the following results from the fact that skip signals refracted from the ionosphere are elliptically polarized?

Digital modes are unusable
Either vertically or horizontally polarized antennas may be used for transmission or reception
FM voice is unusable
Both the transmitting and receiving antennas must be of the same polarization

T2A05:

How should you respond to a station calling CQ?

Transmit "CQ" followed by the other station's call sign
Transmit your call sign followed by the other station's call sign
Transmit the other station's call sign followed by your call sign
Transmit a signal report followed by your call sign

T0C06:

Which of the following is an acceptable method to determine that your station complies with FCC RF exposure regulations?

By calculation based on FCC OET Bulletin 65
By calculation based on computer modeling
By measurement of field strength using calibrated equipment
All of these choices are correct

T1F09:

What type of amateur station simultaneously retransmits the signal of another amateur station on a different channel or channels?

Beacon station
Earth station
Repeater station
Message forwarding station

T6A01:

What electrical component opposes the flow of current in a DC circuit?

Inductor
Resistor
Voltmeter
Transformer

T7A01:

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

Linearity
Sensitivity
Selectivity
Total Harmonic Distortion

T5D06:

What is the resistance of a circuit that draws 4 amperes from a 12-volt source?

3 ohms
16 ohms
48 ohms
8 ohms

T8A06:

Which sideband is normally used for 10 meter HF, VHF, and UHF single-sideband communications?

Upper sideband
Lower sideband
Suppressed sideband
Inverted sideband

T7C03:

What, in general terms, is standing wave ratio (SWR)?

A measure of how well a load is matched to a transmission line
The ratio of high to low impedance in a feed line
The transmitter efficiency ratio
An indication of the quality of your station's ground connection

T6D06:

What component is commonly used to change 120V AC house current to a lower AC voltage for other uses?

Variable capacitor
Transformer
Transistor
Diode

T0B02:

What is a good precaution to observe before climbing an antenna tower?

Make sure that you wear a grounded wrist strap
Remove all tower grounding connections
Put on a carefully inspected climbing harness (fall arrester) and safety glasses
All of these choices are correct

T8D02:

What does the term "APRS" mean?

Automatic Packet Reporting System
Associated Public Radio Station
Auto Planning Radio Set-up
Advanced Polar Radio System

T1E10:

Which of the following is an example of remote control as defined in Part 97?

Repeater operation
Operating the station over the internet
Controlling a model aircraft, boat, or car by amateur radio
All of these choices are correct

T9B03:

Why is coaxial cable the most common feed line selected for amateur radio antenna systems?

It is easy to use and requires few special installation considerations
It has less loss than any other type of feed line
It can handle more power than any other type of feed line
It is less expensive than any other type of feed line

T5B06:

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

T0A03:

In the United States, what is connected to the green wire in a three-wire electrical AC plug?

Neutral
Hot
Equipment ground
The white wire

T9A02:

Which of the following describes a type of antenna loading?

Inserting an inductor in the radiating portion of the antenna to make it electrically longer
Inserting a resistor in the radiating portion of the antenna to make it resonant
Installing a spring in the base of a mobile vertical antenna to make it more flexible
Strengthening the radiating elements of a beam antenna to better resist wind damage

T4B07:

What does the term "RIT" mean?

Receiver Input Tone
Receiver Incremental Tuning
Rectifier Inverter Test
Remote Input Transmitter

T7D11:

Which of the following precautions should be taken when measuring circuit resistance with an ohmmeter?

Ensure that the applied voltages are correct
Ensure that the circuit is not powered
Ensure that the circuit is grounded
Ensure that the circuit is operating at the correct frequency

T5A14:

In which type of circuit is voltage the same across all components?

Series
Parallel
Resonant
Branch

T8C09:

How might you obtain a list of active nodes that use VoIP?

By subscribing to an on line service
From on line repeater lists maintained by the local repeater frequency coordinator
From a repeater directory
All of these choices are correct

T2B07:

How can you join a digital repeater's "talk group"?

Register your radio with the local FCC office
Join the repeater owner's club
Program your radio with the group's ID or code
Sign your call after the courtesy tone

T7B10:

What might be a problem if you receive a report that your audio signal through the repeater is distorted or unintelligible?

Your transmitter is slightly off frequency
Your batteries are running low
You are in a bad location
All of these choices are correct

T3B01:

What is the name for the distance a radio wave travels during one complete cycle?

Wave speed
Waveform
Wavelength
Wave spread

T3C05:

Which of the following effects might cause radio signals to be heard despite obstructions between the transmitting and receiving stations?

Knife-edge diffraction
Faraday rotation
Quantum tunneling
Doppler shift

T5C03:

What is the ability to store energy in a magnetic field called?

Admittance
Capacitance
Resistance
Inductance

T6C08:

What is component 9 in figure T2?

Variable capacitor
Variable inductor
Variable resistor
Variable transformer
Circuit Diagram

T8B06:

Which of the following are inputs to a satellite tracking program?

The weight of the satellite
The Keplerian elements
The last observed time of zero Doppler shift
All of these choices are correct

T1D01:

With which countries are FCC-licensed amateur radio stations prohibited from exchanging communications?

Any country whose administration has notified the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that it objects to such communications
Any country whose administration has notified the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) that it objects to such communications
Any country engaged in hostilities with another country
Any country in violation of the War Powers Act of 1934