Amateur Radio Class

The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) has offered a number of licensing classes over the years. We’ve documented two of our most popular classes here on the web. If you’re currently attending one of these classes, please use this documentation to keep up with the class, so you know what you should be reading, and to track your progress. If you’re looking at this in the hopes of teaching yourself, please start through the outline, and spend the time you need on each topic to make sure you understand what’s going on.

Course Outline – 2020 Spring Semester – Click Here

This class starts Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30 pm and will run Tuesday evenings until March 31st. This class meets at the City of Norman Firehouse #7 at 2207 Goddard Ave, Norman, OK 73069. This class will help the users to train for both the Technician and the General license tests at the same time. Click here for access to this class outline.

Obtain an FCC FRN Number

FCC CORES: https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do This is where you need to go to create an “FRN”, or FCC Registration Number. Please note that if you already have an FCC license (i.e. one in the General Mobile Radio Service), you probably already have an FRN.

Online Practice

Try any of these sites: 

The first two sites will track your progress and drill you harder on questions you miss. Presumably, some of the others do the same. Undoubtedly, these sites have improved over time but 10 or so years ago when they first appeared, many were not sufficiently random. In other words, they might show you some questions more than others regardless of your progress. In some cases, candidates would never see a few of the questions. Bottom line – use this as a supplement to actual study!

FCC Question Pool

The Question and Answer Pools are in the public domain, per FCC regulation, but these provide no background material to help future hams actually understand the answers.

The exam is a 35-question, multiple-choice exam. Questions are drawn from a pool of about 400 questions. The subject breakdown is covered in the next table.

Technician Exam Breakdown

Sub ElementSubjectNumber of
Questions on Exam
(Total 35)
T1FCC Rules5
T2Methods of Communication2
T3Radio Phenomena2
T4Station Licensee Duties3
T5Control Operator Duties3
T6Good Operating Practices3
T7Basic Communications Electronics3
T8Good Engineering Practice6
T9Special Operations2
T0Electrical, Antenna Structure, and RF Safety Practices6

Successful candidates should be familiar with the following:

  • FCC Amateur Service Rules (47 CFR 97), especially amateur radio frequency allocations.
  • Basic station operation and RF safety
  • Basic radio wave propagation (D/E/F layers, tropospheric effects, etc)
  • Ohm’s Law and other basic electronics
  • Formulae like “E = I x R”, “468 / f” and “300 / f”

Magic Circles – put your finger over the quantity for which you are trying to solve.

Ohm’s Law:  

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Power Law:

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And yes, you can combine those two algebraically but it ceases to be much of an aide-mémoire at that point:

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