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Changes Coming….

So uh, yeah. I made this website then walked away from it. Starting early next year, I’m giving this place an overhaul. I mean, stuff is way out of date, the practice tests are messed up, and I haven’t actually written anything in idk even how long. You might notice the “Ham Radio for Smart … Read more

New Technician Practice Exam!

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that I’ve added a Technician License Practice Exam to the site. It’s free for anyone to use, and you can take the exam as many times as you want. Amateur Radio Technician Class Practice Test I’ve been working hard getting the Technician License Course prepared, and this … Read more

Antenna Gain dBi vs. dBd

Effective Radiated Power

How does antenna gain stated in dBi compare to gain stated in dBd for the same antenna? A. dBi gain figures are 2.15 dB lower than dBd gain figuresB. dBi gain figures are 2.15 dB higher than dBd gain figuresC. dBi gain figures are the same as the square root of dBd gain figures multiplied … Read more

PIN Diode RF Attenuation

Microwave Switch

What is used to control the attenuation of RF signals by a PIN diode? A. Forward DC bias current B. A sub-harmonic pump signal C. Reverse voltage larger than the RF signal D. Capacitance of an RF coupling capacitor [E6B11] This question from the new Amateur Extra question pool dives head first into the operation … Read more

Determine Maximum Usable Frequency

Determine Maximum Usable Frequency

What is a reliable way to determine if the 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 in the frequency range you plan to useB. Send a series of dots on the band … Read more

Estimating Maximum Permissible Exposure

Estimating Maximum Permissible Exposure

Which of the following properties is important in estimating whether an RF signal exceeds the maximum permissible exposure (MPE)? A. Its duty cycleB. Its frequencyC. Its power densityD. All these choices are correct [G0A02] Let’s look at each possible answer individually, and then we’ll decide which is correct. A. Its duty cycle. Duty Cycle refers … Read more

What unit is used to measure reactance?

unit of reactance

What unit is used to measure reactance? A. FaradB. OhmC. AmpereD. Siemens This is a really easy question, when you understand what reactance is exactly. Reactance is one part of what we call Impedance. The problem is that impedance is in mathematical terms, a complex number. That means there’s a “real” part, and an “imaginary” … Read more

What is a Telecommand Station?

What is a telecommand station in the amateur satellite service?

What is a telecommand station in the amateur satellite service? A. An amateur station located on the Earth’s surface for communication with other Earth stations by means of Earth satellitesB. An amateur station that transmits communications to initiate, modify or terminate functions of a space stationC. An amateur station located more than 50 km above … Read more

Amateur Radio Exam Passing Score

Amateur Radio Exam Passing Score

Part of the Amateur Extra exam is meant to prepare you for the possibility of becoming a VEC or Volunteer Exam Coordinator, and so they want you to know and understand some of the mechanics of the exams themselves. So, here’s one: What is the minimum passing score on amateur operator license examinations? A. Minimum … Read more