General License Exam 2011-2015 Syllabus

The distribution of questions in the question pool is included below.  The second row shows the number of questions in each subelement.  The third row shows the number of exam questions taken from each subelement.


G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G0 TOT 
58 58 41  65 42 46  38  24 56 28 456
5 5 3 5 3 3 3 2 4 2 35


SUBELEMENT G1 – COMMISSION'S RULES [5 Exam Questions – 5 Groups]


G1A – General Class control operator frequency privileges; primary and secondary allocations


G1B – Antenna structure limitations; good engineering and good amateur practice; beacon operation; restricted operation; retransmitting radio signals


G1C – Transmitter power regulations; data emission standards


G1D – Volunteer Examiners and Volunteer Examiner Coordinators; temporary identification


G1E – Control categories; repeater regulations; harmful interference; third party rules; ITU regions


SUBELEMENT G2 – OPERATING PROCEDURES [5 Exam Questions – 5 Groups]


G2A Phone operating procedures; USB/LSB utilization conventions; procedural signals; breaking into a QSO in progress; VOX operation


G2B – Operating courtesy; band plans, emergencies, including drills and emergency communications


G2C – CW operating procedures and procedural signals, Q signals and common abbreviations; full break in


G2D – Amateur Auxiliary; minimizing interference; HF operations


G2E – Digital operating: procedures, procedural signals and common abbreviations


SUBELEMENT G3 – RADIO WAVE PROPAGATION [3 Exam Questions – 3 Groups]


G3A – Sunspots and solar radiation; ionospheric disturbances; propagation forecasting and indices


G3B – Maximum Usable Frequency; Lowest Usable Frequency; propagation


G3C – Ionospheric layers; critical angle and frequency; HF scatter; Near Vertical Incidence Sky waves


SUBELEMENT G4 – AMATEUR RADIO PRACTICES [5 Exam Questions – 5 groups]


G4A – Station Operation and setup


G4B – Test and monitoring equipment; two-tone test


G4C – Interference with consumer electronics; grounding; DSP


G4D – Speech processors; S meters; sideband operation near band edges


G4E – HF mobile radio installations; emergency and battery powered operation


SUBELEMENT G5 – ELECTRICAL PRINCIPLES [3 exam questions – 3 groups]


G5A – Reactance; inductance; capacitance; impedance; impedance matching


G5B – The Decibel; current and voltage dividers; electrical power calculations; sine wave root-mean-square (RMS) values; PEP calculations


G5C – Resistors, capacitors and inductors in series and parallel; transformers


SUBELEMENT G6 – CIRCUIT COMPONENTS [3 exam question – 3 groups]


G6A – Resistors; capacitors; inductors


G6B – Rectifiers; solid state diodes and transistors; vacuum tubes; batteries


G6C – Analog and digital integrated circuits (IC’s); microprocessors; memory; I/O devices; microwave IC’s (MMIC’s ); display devices


SUBELEMENT G7 – PRACTICAL CIRCUITS [3 exam question – 3 groups]


G7A – Power supplies; schematic symbols


G7B – Digital circuits; amplifiers and oscillators


G7C – Receivers and transmitters; filters, oscillators


SUBELEMENT G8 – SIGNALS AND EMISSIONS [2 exam questions – 2 groups]


G8A – Carriers and modulation: AM; FM; single and double sideband; modulation envelope; overmodulation


G8B – Frequency mixing; multiplication; HF data communications; bandwidths of various modes; deviation


SUBELEMENT G9 – ANTENNAS AND FEED LINES [4 exam questions – 4 groups]


G9A – Antenna feed lines: characteristic impedance and attenuation; SWR calculation, measurement and effects; matching networks


G9B – Basic antennas


G9C – Directional antennas


G9D – Specialized antennas


SUBELEMENT G0 – ELECTRICAL AND RF SAFETY [2 exam Questions – 2 groups]


G0A – RF safety principles, rules and guidelines; routine station evaluation


G0B – Safety in the ham shack: electrical shock and treatment, safety grounding, fusing, interlocks, wiring, antenna and tower safety

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