Due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the 2020 spring Technician / General class has been postponed. However, this situation gives you a lot of time to study for an exam at home. Take a look at our outline, listed below, and visit the online practice sessions to sharpen your test knowledge. Once this situation clears, you’ll be ready for the test.
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.
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.
Try any of these sites:
- https://hamstudy.org (will track your progress)
- http://hamexam.org/ (will track your progress)
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 Element||Subject||Number of|
Questions on Exam
|T2||Methods of Communication||2|
|T4||Station Licensee Duties||3|
|T5||Control Operator Duties||3|
|T6||Good Operating Practices||3|
|T7||Basic Communications Electronics||3|
|T8||Good Engineering Practice||6|
|T0||Electrical, Antenna Structure, and RF Safety Practices||6|
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.
And yes, you can combine those two algebraically but it ceases to be much of an aide-mémoire at that point: