General 2011-15 Pool
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This page provides links to the entire General Class Question Pool valid from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2015.  

There are plain text, DAISY, and human voice versions. This page provides the links to the human voice version.  The other versions may be found in our Manuals section at

The audio pool is read by volunteer reader Bob Zeida, N1BLF, and includes only the correct answers to each question. The pool is divided by elements and subelements.  You may use the individual links below or download the entire set in a single DAISY book.

Introduction by N1BLF

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

Closing comments by N1BLF




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