Ham Radio Technician License Question Pool Resets July 1st!
Yes! That is right! The FCC Ham Radio Technician License exam questions are being redone and reset as of July 1st this year, 2018! So make sure that, if you haven’t already, finish the class and then find an FCC exam location to take your test BEFORE June 30th!
For those that don’t know how it works, the FCC puts out a question pool of 426 questions for the technician license every 4 years (462 questions for the general, and 712 questions for the extra). The last time the Technician questions were updated was July 1, 2014. Which means, they will be changing on July 1, 2018.
The FCC and NCVEC has posted the change log HERE about what changes they are making to the tech exam. So far, it doesn’t look like any big conceptual changes. Just mainly changing around the wording and numbers on some of the questions and answer choices.
So, what does that mean for you?! You have 2 choices:
A) Hurry and get your studying and FCC exam done before June 30th. The quickest and simplest way to do this, is to pull up our online FCC Practice Exam, and take it over and over. You can do this from a computer, phone, tablet, and you might even be able to get Alexa to read it to you! Just kidding on Alexa… that would be cool though.
Once you are passing with an average score of 90% on a regular basis, you should be good to take the FCC exam at your local exam location. In order to find the closest exam location, check out the ARRL’s Exam Locator page. Just put in your zip code, and search within X amount of miles of you.
B) Hold off until after we update the class. It doesn’t look like the FCC changed too many questions. So, we should be able to make the corrections and changes in the class and have everything up and running during the first week of July. Once the class is updated, we will be resetting everyone’s class progress.
This way you will be able to go back through the questions and know the correct ones. We will not be making anyone re-pay for the class, if you have already paid and have access to the class, you will continue to retain it. You will just have to start the class over again.
We hope everyone is having a great time with the summer wheeling! And with their new ham licenses and radios! I personally know that there are at least 50 more hams in NorCal wheeling this summer than their were last year!
Keep your ears open for fun occurrences on the repeaters! This last weekend, we helped a guy use a repeater’s autopatch function to make a phone call to his wife back home. He needed to let her know that he was keeping the kids on the Rubicon one more night haha. He was completely stoked at the radio’s ability to do that, and so was everyone else in our group when I got back into camp. Apparently, everyone had their radios on and were listening to the communication exchange. Mark, if you are reading this, I am glad we were able to help!
Stay safe on the trails this summer! And, if you have any questions regarding our Online Off Road Ham Radio Class, reach out to us via email at MORRInfo@myoffroadradio.com or through our Contact Page. You can also ask questions about ham radio for off roaders over at our Forums!
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