|[AMRadio] Re: Amateur Radio Exam Question|
barrie at centric.net
Thu Feb 7 15:03:58 EST 2008
----- Original Message -----
From: "D. Chester" <k4kyv at charter.net>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2008 12:05 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] Re: Amateur Radio Exam Question
> > From: "Bob Macklin" <macklinbob at msn.com>
> > I also don't have any interest in the cell phones operate.
> > So I will just stay in the General segments.
> Are you serious? There are questions about CELL PHONES in the Extra Class
> What in the name of common sense does that have to do with amateur radio?
Don & All:
A few years ago, due to the fact that a group of friends on 75M moved down
to the extra area of the band, I upgraded to extra.
The exam date was set, so I decided I'd wait 'til two weeks before then and
start studying. Well, my mother died just about two weeks before the exam,
so I ended up not studying for the test at all.
I took the test anyway, and passed with an 86% score. Not good, but
considering I hadn't cracked a book, not bad.
I was disturbed by the questions on the test. I think the extra test has
been "dumbed down". It's all multiple-choice and some of the questions are
strange, to say the least.
When I first took an amateur radio test, in 1950, there were 100 questions
and all were essay, no multiple choice. Also, I was required to draw
several schematics relative to receivers, oscillators and transmitters.
> OTOH, how many questions are there about AM-related topics: modulation
> transformers, class-E, pulse duration modulators, etc?
> If what you say is true, I wonder how long before we'll see questions
> iPods and gaming consoles!
> Don k4kyv
73, Barrie, W7ALW
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