Radio Classes

Fall 2014

A number of amateur radio groups have compiled materials to help people in their study and preparation for taking their test to become a licensed amateur radio operator.  Below are slides prepared by the web site author.  They are by no means the only study materials available.  The distinction of this site is that it attempts to direct you to free resources that do not require investment of money to prepare for the test.

Power Point Presentation Notes

What Are Radio Waves

How Do We Code Messages Into Radio Waves

How Strong Is My Signal?

(the presentation below is not complete)

Electricity for Amateur Radio

Carrying on an Amateur Radio Conversation

Running Your Radio


All questions for the amateur radio exam are drawn from a standard question pool.  An excellent way of studying is to go through a copy, highlight the question and the right answer only.  Then spend about 15 minutes a day just reviewing questions and right answers only.  (Avoid even looking at the wrong answers).  The link below provides the question pool.  The original source of the question pool is the American Radio Relay League and credit for the material below is given to its original source.

2014-2018 Tech Pool.pdf

The question pool is divided by subject and sub-subject area.  As an example all questions beginning with 6 deal with electricity in amateur radio.  There are 4 test questions that will come from this area.  One question will come from each of sub subjects A, B, C, and D.  Thus the pool T6A is a sub-subject question set consisting of 11 questions.  One of these 11 questions will be selected for the actual test.  The excel file below maps the questions and the power point presentation above covering that area

Question Pool Map.xls


Below are some materials prepared by other authors and sources to study for the amateur radio exam.  While the materials are available here, this site is not the original source and credit to the original authors are given.  These authors have provided these materials free to the public.  Obviously taking the work of another and claiming it as your own is not ethical.


One Day Technician Class

After you have marked all the questions in the pool, highlighting the question and the right answer, and after reviewing them daily for about 15 minutes you will become ready to take practice tests.  (Warning - it is usually not a good idea to jump into this too soon.  Remember - you will see both the right and the wrong answers.  When first learning you want to embed the question and the right answer thoroughly).  The site links below are for organizations that will provide you with practice tests that you can take online.  These sites are free to use (although they will still feel free to advertise and try to sell you useful books on amateur radio).

As you practice taking tests, note any question areas that are giving you problems (remember the test is divided into 10 topic areas), and focus you r question and answers review on those areas.  The test will consist of 35 questions, one from each of the subtopic areas of the 10 major topic areas.  The minimum score to pass is 26.  You should be trying to get to scores in the 29 to 30 range on a consistent basis so that if test panic syndrome or just plain bad luck sets in when you take the real test you have a margin of error.


When you are scoring consistently and are ready to make the big $15 commitment to take the test (yes there is a $15 fee to test - but it gets you a license with free renewals every 10 years for the rest of your life - or until you are convicted of a significant felony - which ever comes first), you will fill out an FCC application form.  You can fill everything out at the test site, or fill them out in advance.  The form (taken from the FCC website - the original source) can be brought up from the file below.

Application form.pdf

Some people may prefer an alternative to using a Social Security number on the application form.  You can apply online to the FCC for an FRN number (an FCC identification number) that can be used on the form instead.  A link to the relevant portion of the FCC website is provided below.