I have enjoyed helping teach technician license classes in the past and may help with more in the future. When you step into the instructor role you realize how much you don’t know about a subject, or have forgotten. It’s humbling to discover that you forgot something or really didn’t understand a particular topic. I’m an extra class operator and was surprised at how many things I forgot or couldn’t answer with certainty on the Technician exam.
So now we will discuss keeping up with rules and knowledge regarding amateur radio, and not just resting on our laurels, having passed a license exam one day in the past. The reason the FCC requires some basic knowledge about ham radio is because we have the most privileges in the radio spectrum around the world, and we can cause a lot of trouble with that freedom. In ham radio there is an expectation of continuous learning and that also implies that we should not forget what we already know.
There are seven broad categories of questions in exams of all three license levels. These are:
- Operating practices
Of these seven we might say that three are the most important: Safety (first!), Regulations and Operating Practices. That doesn’t mean the other categories are unimportant but we should probably place a priority on these three.
To reinforce the premise that we easily forget important details, let me quiz you on some Continue reading