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 factors affect the RF exposure of people near an amateur station antenna?

Frequency and power level of the RF field
Distance from the antenna to a person
Radiation pattern of the antenna
All of these choices are correct


Why should coax connectors exposed to the weather be sealed against water intrusion?

To prevent an increase in feed line loss
To prevent interference to telephones
To keep the jacket from becoming loose
All of these choices are correct


Which of the following restrictions apply when a non-licensed person is allowed to speak to a foreign station using a station under the control of a Technician class control operator?

The person must be a U.S. citizen
The foreign station must be one with which the U.S. has a third-party agreement
The licensed control operator must do the station identification
All of these choices are correct


For which license classes are new licenses currently available from the FCC?

Novice, Technician, General, Advanced
Technician, Technician Plus, General, Advanced
Novice, Technician Plus, General, Advanced
Technician, General, Amateur Extra


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 is the formula for converting frequency to approximate wavelength in meters?

Wavelength in meters equals frequency in hertz multiplied by 300
Wavelength in meters equals frequency in hertz divided by 300
Wavelength in meters equals frequency in megahertz divided by 300
Wavelength in meters equals 300 divided by frequency in megahertz


Who selects a Frequency Coordinator?

The FCC Office of Spectrum Management and Coordination Policy
The local chapter of the Office of National Council of Independent Frequency Coordinators
Amateur operators in a local or regional area whose stations are eligible to be repeater or auxiliary stations
FCC Regional Field Office


Why should you avoid attaching an antenna to a utility pole?

The antenna will not work properly because of induced voltages
The utility company will charge you an extra monthly fee
The antenna could contact high-voltage power lines
All of these choices are correct


What is a "talk group" on a DMR digital repeater?

A group of operators sharing common interests
A way for groups of users to share a channel at different times without being heard by other users on the channel
A protocol that increases the signal-to-noise ratio when multiple repeaters are linked together
A net that meets at a particular time


What is the unit of frequency?



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 electrical component is used to connect or disconnect electrical circuits?

All of these choices are correct


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


What does the abbreviation "PSK" mean?

Pulse Shift Keying
Phase Shift Keying
Packet Short Keying
Phased Slide Keying


What is the resistance in a circuit for which the applied voltage is 12 volts and the current flow is 1.5 amperes?

18 ohms
0.125 ohms
8 ohms
13.5 ohms


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



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


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


What types of amateur stations can automatically retransmit the signals of other amateur stations?

Auxiliary, beacon, or Earth stations
Repeater, auxiliary, or space stations
Beacon, repeater, or space stations
Earth, repeater, or space stations


What is the typical bandwidth of analog fast-scan TV transmissions on the 70 centimeter band?

More than 10 MHz
About 6 MHz
About 3 MHz
About 1 MHz


Which of these precautions should be taken when installing devices for lightning protection in a coaxial cable feed line?

Include a parallel bypass switch for each protector so that it can be switched out of the circuit when running high power
Include a series switch in the ground line of each protector to prevent RF overload from inadvertently damaging the protector
Keep the ground wires from each protector separate and connected to station ground
Mount all of the protectors on a metal plate that is in turn connected to an external ground rod


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


What is the approximate length, in inches, of a quarter-wavelength vertical antenna for 146 MHz?



What is component 1 in figure T1?

Circuit Diagram


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

Variable capacitor


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


Where should the negative return connection of a mobile transceiver's power cable be connected?

At the battery or engine block ground strap
At the antenna mount
To any metal part of the vehicle
Through the transceiver's mounting bracket


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


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


What is the approximate amount of change, measured in decibels (dB), of a power increase from 5 watts to 10 watts?

2 dB
3 dB
5 dB
10 dB


Which of the following can be used to enter the operating frequency on a modern transceiver?

The keypad or VFO knob
The CTCSS or DTMF encoder
The Automatic Frequency Control
All of these choices are correct


What electronic component allows current to flow in only one direction?

Driven element


Which of the following is required when making on-the-air test transmissions?

Identify the transmitting station
Conduct tests only between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. local time
Notify the FCC of the transmissions
All of these choices are correct


What is the name of a circuit that generates a signal at a specific frequency?

Reactance modulator
Product detector
Low-pass filter


What is the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)?

An agency of the United States Department of Telecommunications Management
A United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues
An independent frequency coordination agency
A department of the FCC