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Amateur Radio services; purpose of the amateur service, amateur-satellite service, operator/primary station license grant, where FCC rules are codified, basis and purpose of FCC rules, meanings of basic terms used in FCC rulesPart of the Mental Academy course TECH 121: Technician Class Amateur Radio
Questions after July 1st 2010 updates


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  • 1. 

    For whom is the Amateur Radio Service intended?

    • A.

      Persons who have messages to broadcast to the public

    • B.

      Persons who need communications for the activities of their immediate family members, relatives and friends

    • C.

      Persons who need two-way communications for personal reasons

    • D.

      Persons who are interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest

    Correct Answer
    D. Persons who are interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest
    Explanation
    The Amateur Radio Service is intended for individuals who have an interest in radio technique for personal reasons and without any financial gain. This means that it is open to those who want to learn and experiment with radio technology as a hobby or for personal use, rather than for professional or commercial purposes. The service allows these individuals to communicate with other amateur radio operators and participate in various activities related to radio communication.

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  • 2. 

    What agency regulates and enforces the rules for the Amateur Radio Service in the United States?

    • A.

      FEMA

    • B.

      The ITU

    • C.

      The FCC

    • D.

      Homeland Security

    Correct Answer
    C. The FCC
    Explanation
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the agency that regulates and enforces the rules for the Amateur Radio Service in the United States. The FCC is responsible for managing the allocation of radio frequencies, ensuring compliance with regulations, and promoting the efficient use of the radio spectrum. They play a crucial role in overseeing amateur radio operations and ensuring the safety and integrity of the service.

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  • 3. 

    Which part of the FCC rules contains the rules and regulations governing the Amateur Radio Service?

    • A.

      Part 73

    • B.

      Part 95

    • C.

      Part 90

    • D.

      Part 97

    Correct Answer
    D. Part 97
    Explanation
    Part 97 of the FCC rules contains the rules and regulations governing the Amateur Radio Service. This part specifically outlines the operating standards and technical requirements for amateur radio operators, including frequency allocations, license requirements, and station operation guidelines. It is the section of the FCC rules that directly pertains to the Amateur Radio Service, making it the correct answer.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following meets the FCC definition of harmful interference?

    • A.

      Radio transmissions that annoy users of a repeater

    • B.

      Unwanted radio transmissions that cause costly harm to radio station apparatus

    • C.

      That which seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a radio communication service operating in accordance with the Radio Regulations

    • D.

      Static from lightning storms

    Correct Answer
    C. That which seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a radio communication service operating in accordance with the Radio Regulations
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "That which seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a radio communication service operating in accordance with the Radio Regulations." This answer aligns with the FCC definition of harmful interference, as it describes actions that significantly disrupt or impede the functioning of a radio communication service that is operating within the regulations set forth by the Radio Regulations. The other options, such as annoying users of a repeater or static from lightning storms, may cause some level of interference but do not meet the criteria of "harmful interference" as defined by the FCC.

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  • 5. 

    What is the FCC Part 97 definition of a space station?

    • A.

      Any multi-stage satellite

    • B.

      An Earth satellite that carries one of more amateur operators

    • C.

      An amateur station located less than 25 km above the Earth's surface

    • D.

      An amateur station located more than 50 km above the Earth's surface

    Correct Answer
    D. An amateur station located more than 50 km above the Earth's surface
    Explanation
    The FCC Part 97 definition of a space station is an amateur station located more than 50 km above the Earth's surface.

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  • 6. 

    What is the FCC Part 97 definition of telecommand?

    • A.

      An instruction bulletin issued by the FCC

    • B.

      A one-way radio transmission of measurements at a distance from the measuring instrument

    • C.

      A one-way transmission to initiate, modify or terminate functions of a device at a distance

    • D.

      An instruction from a VEC

    Correct Answer
    C. A one-way transmission to initiate, modify or terminate functions of a device at a distance
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A one-way transmission to initiate, modify or terminate functions of a device at a distance." This definition aligns with the FCC Part 97 regulations, which govern amateur radio operations in the United States. Telecommand refers to the ability to control a device remotely through a one-way transmission, allowing for the initiation, modification, or termination of its functions from a distance. This definition does not include an instruction bulletin from the FCC or a VEC, nor does it involve the transmission of measurements.

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  • 7. 

    What is the FCC Part 97 definition of telemetry?

    • A.

      An information bulletin issued by the FCC

    • B.

      A one-way transmission to initiate, modify or terminate functions of a device at a distance

    • C.

      A one-way transmission of measurements at a distance from the measuring instrument D. An information bulletin from a VEC

    Correct Answer
    C. A one-way transmission of measurements at a distance from the measuring instrument D. An information bulletin from a VEC
  • 8. 

    Which of the following entities recommends transmit/receive channels and other parameters for auxiliary and repeater stations?

    • A.

      Frequency Spectrum Manager

    • B.

      Frequency Coordinator

    • C.

      FCC Regional Field Office

    • D.

      International Telecommunications Union

    Correct Answer
    B. Frequency Coordinator
    Explanation
    A frequency coordinator is responsible for recommending transmit/receive channels and other parameters for auxiliary and repeater stations. They ensure that different stations operate on different frequencies to avoid interference and optimize the use of the frequency spectrum. The frequency coordinator acts as a mediator between different entities and helps in coordinating the allocation of frequencies for different stations.

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  • 9. 

    Who selects a Frequency Coordinator?

    • A.

      The FCC Office of Spectrum Management and Coordination Policy

    • B.

      The local chapter of the Office of National Council of Independent Frequency Coordinators

    • C.

      Amateur operators in a local or regional area whose stations are eligible to be auxiliary or repeater stations

    • D.

      FCC Regional Field Office

    Correct Answer
    C. Amateur operators in a local or regional area whose stations are eligible to be auxiliary or repeater stations
    Explanation
    Amateur operators in a local or regional area whose stations are eligible to be auxiliary or repeater stations select a Frequency Coordinator. This means that the responsibility of selecting a Frequency Coordinator lies with the amateur operators themselves, who operate in a specific local or regional area and have stations that are eligible to be auxiliary or repeater stations. The Frequency Coordinator helps to manage and coordinate the use of frequencies within that area, ensuring that there is no interference and that frequencies are allocated efficiently.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following stations transmits signals over the air from a remote receive site to a repeater for retransmission?

    • A.

      Beacon station

    • B.

      Relay station

    • C.

      Auxiliary station

    • D.

      Message forwarding station

    Correct Answer
    C. Auxiliary station
    Explanation
    An auxiliary station is a station that transmits signals over the air from a remote receive site to a repeater for retransmission. This means that it acts as an intermediate link between the receive site and the repeater, allowing the signals to be transmitted over a longer distance. The other options, such as beacon station, relay station, and message forwarding station, do not specifically perform this function of transmitting signals from a remote receive site to a repeater.

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  • 11. 

    Which of the following meets the FCC definition of harmful interference?

    • A.

      Radio transmissions that annoy users of a repeater

    • B.

      Unwanted radio transmissions that cause costly harm to radio station apparatus

    • C.

      That which seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a radio communication service operating in accordance with the Radio Regulations

    • D.

      Static from lightning storms

    Correct Answer
    C. That which seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a radio communication service operating in accordance with the Radio Regulations
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "That which seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a radio communication service operating in accordance with the Radio Regulations." This answer aligns with the FCC definition of harmful interference, as it describes actions that significantly disrupt or hinder the operation of a radio communication service that is following the established regulations. This definition encompasses interference that goes beyond annoyance or minor disruptions, and includes interference that causes substantial harm or obstruction to the radio communication service.

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