US amateur exams

Discussion in 'Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator/Upgrading Privi' started by MW0SWA, Sep 5, 2015.

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  1. MW0SWA

    MW0SWA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am a full UK ham radio license holder and am hoping to sit the US Technician and General exams at the RSGB convention here in the UK next month October 11th.

    does anybody have any links to alternative online learning resources other than QRZ?
    (not that im complaining about the QRZ material of course)

  2. K0RGR

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  3. WC3T

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  4. M0LXQ

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    I am also a fully licensed UK amateur planning on taking the Technician and General Class licenses at the RSGB Convention with Scott.

    My question is do you get any reference material with the exam papers? I'm thinking things like band plans, formula sheets and so on. Questions like this one make me wonder if they're included:

    What segment of the 80-meter band is most commonly used for digital transmissions?
    A. 3570 – 3600 kHz
    B. 3500 – 3525 kHz
    C. 3700 – 3750 kHz
    D. 3775 – 3825 kHz​

    If so, are there any places that you can look at the material online to get an idea of what it looks like?


    Mark, M0LXQ.
  5. W7CJD

    W7CJD Ham Member QRZ Page

    ICOM band plan pdf
  6. KU4X

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    No reference materials are provided or allowed during the examination(s). You will be allowed to write down formulas, band info, or any other information on the scratch paper provided once the examination starts. You will not be allowed to write in the test booklet, nor remove any test material, including scratch paper, from the exam room when you are finished.

    Additionally, programmable calculators will not be allowed. If you bring a programmable calculator, the exam proctors may ask you to clear it of any programs, attempt to clear it themselves, or not allow you to use it at's their call. That being said, there is nothing on the exams that requires a programmable calculator anyway.

    Good luck on your exams!

  7. M0LXQ

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    Brilliant, thanks for clarifying that.

    We get excerpts from band plans with the UK exam, and only questioned on the band you have access to. I can see the argument from both sides though.
  8. K7MEM

    K7MEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some of the questions on the test can be answered by rationalization. You just throw away the answers that it couldn't possibly be. On most of the bands, digital mode operation is usually sandwiched between the CW portion and the Phone portion. On 80 meters, phone privileges start at 3600 KHz so answers C and D can immediately be eliminated. Further, the low end of most bands are for CW. In particular, the lower 25 KHz are usually for Extra class CW operation. That eliminated answer B. So the only one left is A, which is above the CW allocation but below the Phone allocation.

    If your old enough, some confusion could set in because, when I got my first license, answer C use to be the Novice CW section of the band. :rolleyes:

    I have been playing with a band plan in my web test area at but it is still a work in progress.
  9. W9AFB

    W9AFB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Scott and Mark,

    Good luck next month on the exams at the convention. After taking your UK exams, the US ones should be no problem.
    Might see you there if I can make it.

    M0SGO / W9AFB
  10. AB3TQ

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    Alternate learning options are good. I had looked at several and liked different aspects. The only idea I absolutely rejected was having ONLY the Correct Answer follow a question, weeding out all the Distractors.

    The #1 concern with taking and passing quite a few test exams, was how many questions were out there that I had not seen yet?

    Then I found

    A FREE downloadable Windows program has every question for all three exams (each exam selectable). Currently up to date on all three exams. I liked it so much, I actually volunteered to keep the needed Text files current when it seemed that they might actually start to fall behind.

    Not actually "study" material. But you can test your knowledge offline in sequential question order (you can easily get to any starting point), completely randomly, or recent problem questions (current session). Audio on / off. Auto advance of questions on / off. Hint randomly eliminates a wrong answers. Automatically tracks number and percentage of correct answers.

    There is even a nearly complete Frequency Privileges Chart included ( though I have modified my personal Frequency Privileges Chart text file slightly).

    At the price of a FREE download (NOT shareware) you have nothing to loose by taking a look. Of course you do have to do your own look up the questions that references a schematic. They can also be saved for offline use. G7-1.jpg Extra Class Diagrams.pdf
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