About the Technician Class
The FCC Technician License exam covers basic regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Morse code is not required for this license. With a Technician Class license, you will have all ham radio privileges above 30 MHz. These privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Many Technician licensees enjoy using small (2 meter) hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area. Technicians may operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes. You can even make international radio contacts via satellites, using relatively simple station equipment. Technician licensees now also have additional privileges on certain HF frequencies. Technicians may also operate on the 80, 40 and 15 meter bands using CW, and on the 10 meter band using CW, voice and digital modes.
- Exam Requirement: 35-question Technician Written Exam (Element 2).
- Privileges: All VHF/UHF Amateur bands (frequencies above 30 MHz). Limited operations in certain HF bands.
- The current technician pool of questions will expire June 30, 2018. If you plan on taking the Technician Class amateur radio exam on or after July 1, 2018, the new version of the ARRL Ham Radio License will be available for purchase during the first week of May 2018.
- A passing score is 26 out of 35 for the Technician class license.
The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (link to Amazon.com)
Practice Testing Sites
These sites feature free practice tests for the amateur radio license exams.
Educational Resources for the Technician License
NC4FB’s Online Technician License Class which contain an interactive study program.
KB6NU’s No-Nonsense Technician-Class License Study Guide
Online Video Based Lesson for the Technician License
Lesson 1: T1A Section Amateur Radio services
Lesson 2: T1B Section Authorized frequencies
Lesson 3: T1C Section Operator classes and station call signs
Lesson 4: T1D Section Authorized and prohibited transmissions
Lesson 5: T1E Section Control operator and control types
Lesson 6: T1F Section Station identification and operation standards
Lesson 7: T2A Section Station operation
Lesson 8: T2B Section VHF/UHF operating practices
Lesson 9: T2C Section Public Service
Lesson 10: T3A Section Radio Wave Characteristics
Lesson 11: T3B Section Radio and electromagnetic wave properties
Lesson 12: T3C Section Propagation modes
Lesson 13: T4A Section Station setup
Lesson 14: T4B Section Operating controls
Lesson 15: T5A Section Electrical principles
Lesson 16: T5B Section Math for electronics
Lesson 17: T5C Section Electronic principles
Lesson 18: T5D Section Ohm’s Law
Lesson 19: T6A Section Electrical components
Lesson 20: T6B Section Semiconductors
Lesson 21: T6C Section Circuit diagrams
Lesson 22: T6D Section Component functions
Lesson 23: T7A Section Station Radios
Lesson 24: T7B Section Common transmitter and receiver problems
Lesson 25: T7C Section Antenna measurements and troubleshooting
Lesson 26: T7D Section Basic repair and testing
Lesson 27: T8A Section Modulation modes
Lesson 28: T8B Section Amateur satellite operation
Lesson 29: T8C Section Operating activities
Lesson 30: T8D Section Non-voice communications
Lesson 31: T9A Section Antennas
Lesson 32: T9B Section Feedlines
Lesson 33: T0A Section AC power circuits
Lesson 34: T0B Section Antenna installation
Lesson 35: T0C Section RF Hazards