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Subelement T1
FCC Rules, descriptions and definitions for the amateur radio service, operator and station license responsibilities
Section T1A
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 rules
For whom is the Amateur Radio Service intended?
  • Persons who have messages to broadcast to the public
  • Persons who need communications for the activities of their immediate family members, relatives and friends
  • Persons who need two-way communications for personal reasons
  • Persons who are interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest

While it is generally okay to use Amateur Radio for activities with family, relatives, or friends (as long as those are not commercial activities), the primary intent of the Amateur Radio service is for those who are interested in the hobby itself. Keep in mind that there are no private communications on ham radio.

pecuniary means "of or pertaining to money". You are not allowed to use ham radio for your (or anyone else's) job or to broadcast information to the public.

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What agency regulates and enforces the rules for the Amateur Radio Service in the United States?
  • FEMA
  • The ITU
  • The FCC
  • Homeland Security

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates and enforces rules for Amateur Radio. All you can really do on this is memorize that, but this is a pretty fundamental thing to know =]

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Which part of the FCC rules contains the rules and regulations governing the Amateur Radio Service?
  • Part 73
  • Part 95
  • Part 90
  • Part 97

If you have trouble memorizing '97', look at the other questions on your test. There are several that have Part 97 as part of the question. For example, "What is the FCC Part 97 definition of a space station?" You may have one of these questions on the test and can use it to answer this one. Or one way to remember this question is that it is closest to 100.

Just remember ninety-seven NS = Nerd Socks

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Which of the following meets the FCC definition of harmful interference?
  • Radio transmissions that annoy users of a repeater
  • Unwanted radio transmissions that cause costly harm to radio station apparatus
  • That which seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a radio communication service operating in accordance with the Radio Regulations
  • Static from lightning storms

Harmful interference is exactly what it sounds like; any time you are using a radio and cause problems with another radio that is operating in a legal and correct manner, you are causing harmful interference.

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What is the FCC Part 97 definition of a space station?
  • Any multi-stage satellite
  • An Earth satellite that carries one of more amateur operators
  • An amateur station located less than 25 km above the Earth's surface
  • An amateur station located more than 50 km above the Earth's surface

The key to remember with this question is that we are talking about Amateur Radio definitions; though the other answers could also be correct definitions for the term "Space Station", Part 97 defines a space station as "An amateur station located more than 50 km above the Earth's surface." Similarly, an amateur earth station is any station less than 50 km above the earth's surface. 50 km is the dividing line between the two.

For more information, read Part 97: Section 97.3 Definitions

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What is the FCC Part 97 definition of telecommand?
  • An instruction bulletin issued by the FCC
  • A one-way radio transmission of measurements at a distance from the measuring instrument
  • A one-way transmission to initiate, modify or terminate functions of a device at a distance
  • An instruction from a VEC

The prefix "tele" means remote. Examples of telecommand would be sending a radio command to a radio controlled aircraft or even remote control of a repeater.

You could think of telecommand as another word for "remote control"

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What is the FCC Part 97 definition of telemetry?
  • An information bulletin issued by the FCC
  • A one-way transmission to initiate, modify or terminate functions of a device at a distance
  • A one-way transmission of measurements at a distance from the measuring instrument
  • An information bulletin from a VEC

"tele" means remote, and "metry", from the same root as "metric", indictates "measurement." So, if a remote device sends measurements, such as temperature, it is transmitting telemetry data.

Thus, telemetry is essentially "Remote Measurement."

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Which of the following entities recommends transmit/receive channels and other parameters for auxiliary and repeater stations?
  • Frequency Spectrum Manager
  • Frequency Coordinator
  • FCC Regional Field Office
  • International Telecommunications Union

Frequency Coordinators are regular amateur radio operators who are selected by repeater operators to coordinate the use of the radio frequencies for a given geographical area. This is important to keep repeaters from interfering with each other and to ensure that enough frequencies remain usable for simplex operation.

Some people may think that any frequencies can be used for simplex operation, but if you are uninformed as to the band plan selected by the Frequency Coordinator in your area, you may find yourself operating on or close to the input frequency of a repeater, thus causing harmful interference to others in the area. Click here for more information.

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Who selects a Frequency Coordinator?
  • The FCC Office of Spectrum Management and Coordination Policy
  • The local chapter of the Office of National Council of Independent Frequency Coordinators
  • Amateur operators in a local or regional area whose stations are eligible to be auxiliary or repeater stations
  • FCC Regional Field Office

Frequency Coordinators are regular amateur radio operators who are selected by repeater operators to coordinate the use of the radio frequencies for a given geographical area. This is important to keep repeaters from interfering with each other and to ensure that enough frequencies remain usable for simplex operation.

Some people may think that any frequencies can be used for simplex operation, but if you are uninformed as to the band plan selected by the Frequency Coordinator in your area, you may find yourself operating on or close to the input frequency of a repeater, thus causing harmful interference to others in the area. Click here for more information.

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What is the FCC Part 97 definition of an amateur station?
  • A station in an Amateur Radio Service consisting of the apparatus necessary for carrying on radio communications
  • A building where Amateur Radio receivers, transmitters, and RF power amplifiers are installed
  • Any radio station operated by a non-professional
  • Any radio station for hobby use

Part 97 defines an Amateur Station as: (5) Amateur station. A station in an amateur radio service consisting of the apparatus necessary for carrying on radio communications.

A station may be mobile, fixed, or handheld, and the definition makes no description of the person operating the equipment. In other words, no matter where the radio is being used from (Vehicle, House, Handheld) the Radio is the station.

Don't let the upper case letters used in the term "Amateur Radio Service" distract you.

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Which of the following stations transmits signals over the air from a remote receive site to a repeater for retransmission?
  • Beacon station
  • Relay station
  • Auxiliary station
  • Message forwarding station

An auxiliary station could be thought of as a short range repeater; it is not intended to serve a large area, and is usually used to provide a link to a repeater for amateur radio operators in a specific area from which it is difficult to hit the repeater.

Common types of auxiliary stations include Remote Base Stations, Cross-band repeaters, and Echolink or IRLP (Internet Radio Linking Project) nodes.

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