Ham Radio - General Class Question Pool 2011

456 terms by switchman 

Create a new folder

Advertisement Upgrade to remove ads

This the question and answer for the 2011 General Class Question Pool. You will need the graphics from here, http://www.arrl.org/question-pools.

On which of the following bands is a General Class license holder granted all amateur frequency privileges?

C. 160, 60, 30, 17, 12, and 10 meters

On which of the following bands is phone operation prohibited?

B. 30 meters

On which of the following bands is image transmission prohibited?

B. 30 meters

Which of the following amateur bands is restricted to communication on only specific channels, rather than frequency ranges?

D. 60 meters

Which of the following frequencies is in the General Class portion of the 40 meter band?

A. 7.250 MHz

Which of the following frequencies is in the 12 meter band?

D. 24.940 MHz

Which of the following frequencies is within the General Class portion of the 75 meter phone band?

C. 3900 kHz

Which of the following frequencies is within the General Class portion of the 20 meter phone band?

C. 14305 kHz

Which of the following frequencies is within the General Class portion of the 80 meter band?

C. 3560 kHz

Which of the following frequencies is within the General Class portion of the 15 meter band?

C. 21300 kHz

Which of the following frequencies is available to a control operator holding a General Class license?

D. All of these choices are correct

When General Class licensees are not permitted to use the entire voice portion of a particular band, which portion of the voice segment is generally available to them?

B. The upper frequency end

Which, if any, amateur band is shared with the Citizens Radio Service?

D. None

Which of the following applies when the FCC rules designate the Amateur Service as a secondary user on a band?

C. Amateur stations are allowed to use the band only if they do not cause harmful interference to primary users

What is the appropriate action if, when operating on either the 30 or 60 meter bands, a station in the primary service interferes with your contact?

D. Move to a clear frequency

What is the maximum height above ground to which an antenna structure may be erected without requiring notification to the FAA and registration with the FCC, provided it is not at or near a public use airport?

C. 200 feet

With which of the following conditions must beacon stations comply?

D. There must be no more than one beacon signal in the same band from a single location

Which of the following is a purpose of a beacon station as identified in the FCC Rules?

A. Observation of propagation and reception

Which of the following must be true before amateur stations may provide communications to broadcasters for dissemination to the public?

A. The communications must directly relate to the immediate safety of human life or protection of property and there must be no other means of communication reasonably available before or at the time of the event

When may music be transmitted by an amateur station?

D. When it is an incidental part of a manned space craft retransmission

When is an amateur station permitted to transmit secret codes?

B. To control a space station

What are the restrictions on the use of abbreviations or procedural signals in the Amateur Service?

B. They may be used if they do not obscure the meaning of a message

When choosing a transmitting frequency, what should you do to comply with good amateur practice?

D. All of these choices are correct

When may an amateur station transmit communications in which the licensee or control operator has a pecuniary (monetary) interest?

A. When other amateurs are being notified of the sale of apparatus normally used in an amateur station and such activity is not done on a regular basis

What is the power limit for beacon stations?

C. 100 watts PEP output

How does the FCC require an amateur station to be operated in all respects not specifically covered by the Part 97 rules?

C. In conformance with good engineering and good amateur practice

Who or what determines "good engineering and good amateur practice" as applied to the operation of an amateur station in all respects not covered by the Part 97 rules?

A. The FCC

What is the maximum transmitting power an amateur station may use on 10.140 MHz?

A. 200 watts PEP output

What is the maximum transmitting power an amateur station may use on the 12 meter band?

C. 1500 watts PEP output

What is the maximum bandwidth permitted by FCC rules for Amateur Radio stations when transmitting on USB frequencies in the 60 meter band?

A. 2.8 kHz

Which of the following is a limitation on transmitter power on the 14 MHz band?

A. Only the minimum power necessary to carry out the desired communications should be used

Which of the following is a limitation on transmitter power on the 28 MHz band?

C. 1500 watts PEP output

Which of the following is a limitation on transmitter power on 1.8 MHz band?

D. 1500 watts PEP output

What is the maximum symbol rate permitted for RTTY or data emission transmission on the 20 meter band?

D. 300 baud

What is the maximum symbol rate permitted for RTTY or data emission transmitted at frequencies below 28 MHz?

D. 300 baud

What is the maximum symbol rate permitted for RTTY or data emission transmitted on the 1.25 meter and 70 centimeter bands

A. 56 kilobaud

What is the maximum symbol rate permitted for RTTY or data emission transmissions on the 10 meter band?

C. 1200 baud

What is the maximum symbol rate permitted for RTTY or data emission transmissions on the 2 meter band?

B. 19.6 kilobaud

Which of the following is a proper way to identify when transmitting using phone on General Class frequencies if you have a CSCE for the required elements but your upgrade from Technician has not appeared in the FCC database?

C. Give your call sign followed by "slant AG"

What license examinations may you administer when you are an accredited VE holding a General Class operator license?

C. Technician only

On which of the following band segments may you operate if you are a Technician Class operator and have a CSCE for General Class privileges?

C. On any General or Technician Class band segment

Which of the following is a requirement for administering a Technician Class operator examination?

A. At least three VEC accredited General Class or higher VEs must be present

Which of the following is sufficient for you to be an administering VE for a Technician Class operator license examination?

D. An FCC General Class or higher license and VEC accreditation

When must you add the special identifier "AG" after your call sign if you are a Technician Class licensee and have a CSCE for General Class operator privileges, but the FCC has not yet posted your upgrade on its Web site?

A. Whenever you operate using General Class frequency privileges

Volunteer Examiners are accredited by what organization?

C. A Volunteer Examiner Coordinator

Which of the following criteria must be met for a non-U.S. citizen to be an accredited Volunteer Examiner?

B. The person must hold an FCC granted Amateur Radio license of General Class or above

How long is a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) valid for exam element credit?

C. 365 days

What is the minimum age that one must be to qualify as an accredited Volunteer Examiner?

B. 18 years

Which of the following would disqualify a third party from participating in stating a message over an amateur station?

A. The third party's amateur license had ever been revoked

When may a 10 meter repeater retransmit the 2 meter signal from a station having a Technician Class control operator?

D. Only if the 10 meter repeater control operator holds at least a General Class license

In what ITU region is operation in the 7.175 to 7.300 MHz band permitted for a control operator holding an FCC-issued General Class license?

B. Region 2

Which of the following conditions require an Amateur Radio station licensee to take specific steps to avoid harmful interference to other users or facilities?

D. All of these choices are correct

What types of messages for a third party in another country may be transmitted by an amateur station?

C. Only messages relating to Amateur Radio or remarks of a personal character, or messages relating to emergencies or disaster relief

Which of the following applies in the event of interference between a coordinated repeater and an uncoordinated repeater?

A. The licensee of the non-coordinated repeater has primary responsibility to resolve the interference

With which foreign countries is third party traffic prohibited, except for messages directly involving emergencies or disaster relief communications?

C. Every foreign country, unless there is a third party agreement in effect with that country

Which of the following is a requirement for a non-licensed person to communicate with a foreign Amateur Radio station from a station with an FCC granted license at which a licensed control operator is present?

B. The foreign amateur station must be in a country with which the United States has a third party agreement

What language must you use when identifying your station if you are using a language other than English in making a contact using phone emission?

C. English

What portion of the 10 meter band is available for repeater use?

D. The portion above 29.5 MHz

Which sideband is most commonly used for voice communications on frequencies of 14 MHz or higher?

A. Upper sideband

Which of the following modes is most commonly used for voice communications on the 160, 75, and 40 meter bands?

B. Lower sideband

Which of the following is most commonly used for SSB voice communications in the VHF and UHF bands?

A. Upper sideband

Which mode is most commonly used for voice communications on the 17 and 12 meter bands?

A. Upper sideband

Which mode of voice communication is most commonly used on the high frequency amateur bands?

C. Single sideband

Which of the following is an advantage when using single sideband as compared to other analog voice modes on the HF amateur bands?

B. Less bandwidth used and higher power efficiency

Which of the following statements is true of the single sideband (SSB) voice mode?

B. Only one sideband is transmitted; the other sideband and carrier are suppressed

Which of the following is a recommended way to break into a conversation when using phone?

B. Say your call sign during a break between transmissions from the other stations

Why do most amateur stations use lower sideband on the 160, 75 and 40 meter bands?

D. Current amateur practice is to use lower sideband on these frequency bands

Which of the following statements is true of SSB VOX operation?

B. VOX allows "hands free" operation

What does the expression "CQ DX" usually indicate?

C. The caller is looking for any station outside their own country

Which of the following is true concerning access to frequencies?

C. No one has priority access to frequencies, common courtesy should be a guide

What is the first thing you should do if you are communicating with another amateur station and hear a station in distress break in?

B. Acknowledge the station in distress and determine what assistance may be needed

If propagation changes during your contact and you notice increasing interference from other activity on the same frequency, what should you do?

C. As a common courtesy, move your contact to another frequency

When selecting a CW transmitting frequency, what minimum frequency separation should you allow in order to minimize interference to stations on adjacent frequencies?

B. 150 to 500 Hz

What is the customary minimum frequency separation between SSB signals under normal conditions?

B. Approximately 3 kHz

What is a practical way to avoid harmful interference when selecting a frequency to call CQ on CW or phone?

A. Send "QRL?" on CW, followed by your call sign; or, if using phone, ask if the frequency is in use, followed by your call sign

Which of the following complies with good amateur practice when choosing a frequency on which to initiate a call?

C. Follow the voluntary band plan for the operating mode you intend to use

What is the "DX window" in a voluntary band plan?

A. A portion of the band that should not be used for contacts between stations within the 48 contiguous United States

Who may be the control operator of an amateur station transmitting in RACES to assist relief operations during a disaster?

A. Only a person holding an FCC issued amateur operator license

When may the FCC restrict normal frequency operations of amateur stations participating in RACES?

D. When the President's War Emergency Powers have been invoked

What frequency should be used to send a distress call?

A. Whatever frequency has the best chance of communicating the distress message

When is an amateur station allowed to use any means at its disposal to assist another station in distress?

C. At any time during an actual emergency

Which of the following describes full break-in telegraphy (QSK)?

D. Transmitting stations can receive between code characters and elements

What should you do if a CW station sends "QRS"?

A. Send slower

What does it mean when a CW operator sends "KN" at the end of a transmission?

C. Listening only for a specific station or stations

What does it mean when a CW operator sends "CL" at the end of a transmission?

D. Closing station

What is the best speed to use answering a CQ in Morse Code?

B. The speed at which the CQ was sent

What does the term "zero beat" mean in CW operation?

D. Matching your transmit frequency to the frequency of a received signal.

When sending CW, what does a "C" mean when added to the RST report?

A. Chirpy or unstable signal

What prosign is sent to indicate the end of a formal message when using CW?

C. AR

What does the Q signal "QSL" mean?

C. I acknowledge receipt

What does the Q signal "QRQ" mean?

B. Send faster

What does the Q signal "QRV" mean?

D. I am ready to receive messages

What is the Amateur Auxiliary to the FCC?

A. Amateur volunteers who are formally enlisted to monitor the airwaves for rules violations

Which of the following are objectives of the Amateur Auxiliary?

B. To encourage amateur self regulation and compliance with the rules

What skills learned during "hidden transmitter hunts" are of help to the Amateur Auxiliary?

B. Direction finding used to locate stations violating FCC Rules

Which of the following describes an azimuthal projection map?

B. A world map projection centered on a particular location

When is it permissible to communicate with amateur stations in countries outside the areas administered by the Federal Communications Commission?

B. When the contact is with amateurs in any country except those whose administrations have notified the ITU that they object to such communications

How is a directional antenna pointed when making a "long-path" contact with another station?

C. 180 degrees from its short-path heading

Which of the following is required by the FCC rules when operating in the 60 meter band?

A. If you are using other than a dipole antenna, you must keep a record of the gain of your antenna

Why do many amateurs keep a log even though the FCC doesn't require it?

D. To help with a reply if the FCC requests information

What information is traditionally contained in a station log?

D. All of these choices are correct

What is QRP operation?

B. Low power transmit operation

Which HF antenna would be the best to use for minimizing interference?

C. A unidirectional antenna

Which mode is normally used when sending an RTTY signal via AFSK with an SSB transmitter?

D. LSB

How many data bits are sent in a single PSK31 character?

A. The number varies

What part of a data packet contains the routing and handling information?

C. Header

What segment of the 20 meter band is most often used for data transmissions?

B. 14.070 - 14.100 MHz

Which of the following describes Baudot code?

C. A 5-bit code with additional start and stop bits

What is the most common frequency shift for RTTY emissions in the amateur HF bands?

B. 170 Hz

What does the abbreviation "RTTY" stand for?

B. Radioteletype

What segment of the 80 meter band is most commonly used for data transmissions?

A. 3570 - 3600 kHz

In what segment of the 20 meter band are most PSK31 operations commonly found?

D. Below the RTTY segment, near 14.070 MHz

What is a major advantage of MFSK16 compared to other digital modes?

D. It offers good performance in weak signal environments without error correction

What does the abbreviation "MFSK" stand for?

B. Multi (or Multiple) Frequency Shift Keying

How does the receiving station respond to an ARQ data mode packet containing errors?

B. Requests the packet be retransmitted

In the PACTOR protocol, what is meant by an NAK response to a transmitted packet?

A. The receiver is requesting the packet be re-transmitted

What is the sunspot number?

A. A measure of solar activity based on counting sunspots and sunspot groups

What effect does a Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance have on the daytime ionospheric propagation of HF radio waves?

B. It disrupts signals on lower frequencies more than those on higher frequencies

Approximately how long does it take the increased ultraviolet and X-ray radiation from solar flares to affect radio-wave propagation on the Earth?

C. 8 minutes

Which of the following amateur radio HF frequencies are least reliable for long distance communications during periods of low solar activity?

D. 21 MHz and higher

What is the solar-flux index?

D. A measure of solar radiation at 10.7 cm

What is a geomagnetic storm?

D. A temporary disturbance in the Earth's magnetosphere

At what point in the solar cycle does the 20 meter band usually support worldwide propagation during daylight hours?

D. At any point in the solar cycle

Which of the following effects can a geomagnetic storm have on radio-wave propagation?

B. Degraded high-latitude HF propagation

What effect do high sunspot numbers have on radio communications?

C. Long-distance communication in the upper HF and lower VHF range is enhanced

What causes HF propagation conditions to vary periodically in a 28-day cycle?

C. The Sun's rotation on its axis

Approximately how long is the typical sunspot cycle?

D. 11 years

What does the K-index indicate?

B. The short term stability of the Earth's magnetic field

What does the A-index indicate?

C. The long term stability of the Earth's geomagnetic field

How are radio communications usually affected by the charged particles that reach the Earth from solar coronal holes?

B. HF communications are disturbed

How long does it take charged particles from coronal mass ejections to affect radio-wave propagation on the Earth?

D. 20 to 40 hours

What is a possible benefit to radio communications resulting from periods of high geomagnetic activity?

A. Aurora that can reflect VHF signals

How might a sky-wave signal sound if it arrives at your receiver by both short path and long path propagation?

D. A well-defined echo might be heard

Which of the following is a good indicator of the possibility of sky-wave propagation on the 6 meter band?

A. Short skip sky-wave propagation on the 10 meter band

Which of the following applies when selecting a frequency for lowest attenuation when transmitting on HF?

A. Select a frequency just below the MUF

What is a reliable way to determine if the Maximum Usable Frequency (MUF) is high enough to support skip propagation between your station and a distant location on frequencies between 14 and 30 MHz?

A. Listen for signals from an international beacon

What usually happens to radio waves with frequencies below the Maximum Usable Frequency (MUF) and above the Lowest Usable Frequency (LUF) when they are sent into the ionosphere?

A. They are bent back to the Earth

What usually happens to radio waves with frequencies below the Lowest Usable Frequency (LUF)?

C. They are completely absorbed by the ionosphere

What does LUF stand for?

A. The Lowest Usable Frequency for communications between two points

What does MUF stand for?

B. The Maximum Usable Frequency for communications between two points

What is the approximate maximum distance along the Earth's surface that is normally covered in one hop using the F2 region?

C. 2,500 miles

What is the approximate maximum distance along the Earth's surface that is normally covered in one hop using the E region?

B. 1,200 miles

What happens to HF propagation when the Lowest Usable Frequency (LUF) exceeds the Maximum Usable Frequency (MUF)?

A. No HF radio frequency will support ordinary skywave communications over the path

What factors affect the Maximum Usable Frequency (MUF)?

D. All of these choices are correct

Which of the following ionospheric layers is closest to the surface of the Earth?

A. The D layer

Where on the Earth do ionospheric layers reach their maximum height?

A. Where the Sun is overhead

Why is the F2 region mainly responsible for the longest distance radio wave propagation?

C. Because it is the highest ionospheric region

What does the term "critical angle" mean as used in radio wave propagation?

D. The highest takeoff angle that will return a radio wave to the Earth under specific ionospheric conditions

Why is long distance communication on the 40, 60, 80 and 160 meter bands more difficult during the day?

C. The D layer absorbs signals at these frequencies during daylight hours

See More

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again

Example:

Reload the page to try again!

Reload

Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording

Create Set