Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lesson 1: General Class Exam Course G1A

Hello again!  After a bit of a break, I am tackling the General Class license course!  The questions in these lessons are only good until the end of June 2011 so don't delay in getting your upgrade!

This lesson covers the G1A group of questions which primarily deal with frequency allocations.  There is a lot of memorization for this group.  I've broken down what you need to know here:

The band frequencies you need to memorize are:
75/80m     3.525 - 3.6 MHz and 3.8 - 4.0 MHz
40m          7.025 - 7.125 MHz and 7.175 - 7.3 MHz
20m          14.025 - 14.150 MHz and 14.225 - 14.350 MHz
15m          21.025 - 21.2 MHz and 21.225 - 21.450 MHz
12m          24.890 - 24.99 MHz
10m          28-29.7 MHz

On 30m you can only use RTTY, data, and CW.  Image transmission is not allowed!

On 60m is USB voice only!  You can not even use CW on 60m!

It is also important to not that General Class operators can use the entire Amateur privilege on 160m, 30m, 17m, 12m, and 10m.  They do not have the whole amateur privilege on 15m!  Don't get tripped up by this question on the exam!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please leave them in the comment box.  Until lesson 2...



  1. Andy, Thank you for doing these videos. They make a great addition to reading the book and testing software to prepare for the licensing tests.

    I just wanted to let you know that they are appreciated.

  2. Thanks gentlemen! My pleasure!

  3. Thanks Andy. Passed the Tech. exam thanks to your Exam Class. I'd like to print a simple band chart, with ITU MF, HF, VHF, UHF. Band name IN METERS. Band freq. lower end and upper end. I don't know enough about computers to find and print my own. It would be a good study aide to your training to have printable charts of each set of charts for each area separate; one chart of Tech test, one for General, and one for the Extra, without color. I saw the chart I'm thinking of at Wika, Amateur radio frequency allocations. Thanks again.

  4. I looked around and couldn't find a chart with all that information specifically for Technician Class privileges. I agree that it would be a great tool to have. I'll take a crack at it. Thanks and congrats on passing the exam! Let me know your call when it posts! 73! Andy

  5. Andy, Any ETA on the general update? KC9UUB

  6. Yes. I am working diligently on the General Class update. My goal is to have them done by the end of February. Wish me luck! 73!

  7. I REALLY like your book. It let me get me Technician licence! I hope you write another book!

  8. Hello Andy! First of all, thank you so much for providing this amazing resource! I've been holding a German license since 1996 and I decided to obtain an American license now. So technically I have dealt with most of the material already, except for all the US-specific regulations. And that's why your page seems to be the very best source of information because I just need to know about the differences and question structures. So, regarding your general class exam course, how much did the questions change in 2011? I have signed up for an exam in the beginning of August and I am wondering if I can (still) use your videos for preparation? Again, thank you so much for your help, I really appreciate it! 73 from Germany! Wolfgang, DL6BW

    1. Update: I used The Ham Whisperer to study for element 2 & 3 (it took me two days to get ready for the Tech and three days to finish my General preparations) and despite the General part isn't up-to-date anymore I passed the two elements without any problems. I guess the difference between the "old" and new General exam isn't too big and I can only encourage anyone to watch these great videos. 73! Wolfgang

  9. Question #4 is a bit different "Which of the following amateur bands is restricted to communication on only specific channels, rather than frequency range?", but has the same answer - 60 meters.

    There are only 15 questions now.

    Thanks for doing these videos!

  10. thank you Andy the videos really help me pass my tech test now i am working on my general wish me luck have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

  11. Please update ASAP

  12. KM4CDS/AG, passed yesterday, glade it's over, thanks for the web site and its presentation.

  13. you are the best.i will pass my next test with the help from the videos. W5DZG

  14. In your first video, The G1A Questions, #G1A06 has a different question attached to it. The question that appears on the NCVEC Homepage is:

    G1A06 (C) [97.301(d)]
    Which of the following frequencies is within the General Class portion of the 75-meter phone band?
    A. 1875 kHz
    B. 3750 kHz
    C. 3900 kHz
    D. 4005 kHz

    The correct answer is "C" / 3900 khz

  15. I like your General course. Is it available as a podcast? I spend lots of time in the car.