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 Amateur Radio Examination Syllabus

 
PART-1

Part-1 means Theory. It has two sections. Section one for radio theory and Section 2 for Radio Regulations:

SECTION I :

Radio Theory and Practice (Applicants holding degree in telecommunication, or electronics and electrical communication, or a degree recognized by the central government as equivalent to the above degree shall be exempted from appearing in SECTION I of the test).

SECTION II :

National and International regulations applicable to the operation of amateur radio station and those relating to the working of station generally.

Part II

Part two means Morse Code Training at following speeds:

(i)Morse code receiving at 5WPM for Grade 2 and 12WPM for Grade 1

(ii)Morse code sending at 5WPM for Grade 2 and 12WPM for Grade 1

Usually students are required to pass above test which is approx. 5 minutes long and in plain text with punctuations.

Detailed syllabus for all the Grades:

Section I : Radio Theory

Elementary electricity and magnetism :

Elementary theory of electricity, conductors and insulators, units, Ohm's law, resistance in-series and parallel, conductance, power and energy, permanent magnets and electromagnets and their use in radio work; self and mutual inductance; types of inductors used in receiving and transmitting circuits, capacitance; construction of various types of capacitors and their arrangements in series and/or parallel.

Elementary theory of alternating currents :

Sinusoidal alternating quantities-peak, instantaneous, RMS, average values, phase; reac zation and smoothing.

Elementary theory and construction of semiconductor devices:

Diodes and Transistors.

Radio receivers:

Principles and operation of TRF and super-heterodyne receivers, CW reception, receiver characteristics-sensitivity, selectivity, fidelity; adjacent channel and image interference; AVC and squelch circuits; signal to noise ratio.

Transmitter:

Principles and operation of low power transmitter; crystal oscillators, stability of oscillators.

Radio propagation:

Wavelength, frequency, nature and propagation of radio waves; ground and sky waves; skip distance; fading.

Aerials:

Common types of transmitting and receiving aerials.

Frequency measurement:

Measurement of frequency and use of simple frequency meters.

 

SECTION II : Radio Regulations

(a)                                                                                  

(1)Knowledge of 

(2) the Indian Wireless Telegraph Rules, 1973; and

(3) the Indian Wireless Telegraphs (Amateur Service) Rules, 1978.

(b)

Knowledge of International Radio Regulations as relating to the operation of amateur stations with particular emphasis on the following:

Designation of Emission, Nomenclature of the frequency and wavelength, Frequency allocation to amateur radio service, Measures against Interference, Interference and tests, Identification of stations, distress and urgency transmissions, Amateur Stations, Phonetic alphabets and figure code.

(c) Standard frequency and time signal services in the world.

(d) The following 'Q' codes and abbreviations which shall have meaning as assigned to them in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) convention

QRA, QRG, QRH, QRI, QRK, QRL, QRM, QRN, QRQ, QRS, QRT, QRU, QRV, QRW, QRX, QRZ, QSA, QSB, QSL, QSL, QSO, QSU, QSV, QSW, QSX, QSY, QSZ, QTC, QTH, QTR and QUM.

Telegraphic (Morse code) abbreviations: AA, AB, AR, AS, BT, C, CFM, CL, CQ, DE, K, KN, NIL, OK, R, TU, VA, WA, WB.

 

The written examination for Grade II license :

    -is of one hours duration

    -The maximum number of marks is 100.

    - Candidates must secure at least 40 per cent in each section and 50 per cent in aggregate to pass.

    -The syllabus for Grade I license is the same as that for Grade II license,

     

The written examination for Grade I license :

    -written examination for Grade I license is of two hours duration.

    -The maximum number of marks is 100

    -candidates must secure at least 50 per cent in each section and 55 per cent in aggregate for a pass.

 

PART II : MORSE CODE

Section I : Morse receiving

(Speed: 5 words per minute) (For Grade 2)

The test piece will consist of a plain language passage of 125 letters, five letters counting as one word.

Candidates are required to receive for five consecutive minutes at the speed of 5 words per minute from a double headgear headphone receiver, international Morse code signals from an audio frequency oscillator keyed either manually or automatically. A short practice piece may be sent at the prescribed speed before the start of the actual test. Candidates will not be allowed more than one attempt in each test.

The test may be written in ink or pencil but must be legible. Bad handwriting and over-writing will render a candidate liable to disqualification. More than five errors will disqualify a candidate.

 

(b) Section 2 : Morse Sending                                            

(Speed: 5 words per minute) (Grade 2)

The test piece will consist of a plain language passage of 125 letters, five letters counting as one word.

Candidates are required to send on an ordinary key for five consecutive minutes at the minimum speed of five words per minute. A short practice piece may be allowed before the actual test. Candidates will not be allowed more than one attempt in the test. Efforts should be made to correct all errors.

However, more than five uncorrected errors will disqualify a candidate. The accuracy of signaling, correct formation of characters and the correctness of spacing shall be taken into account.

A candidate is required to pass both in Part I and Part II. In the case of candidates qualifying in Part I only, the license shall be restricted to radiotelephone operations in the VHF ham band only.

 

Morse Code test for Grade I :

Receiving-(Speed: 12 words per minute)

The test piece will consist of a plain language passage of 300 characters which may comprise letters, figures and punctuation (punctuation are indicated below).

The average words shall contain five characters and each figure and punctuation will be counted as two characters.

Candidates are required to receive for five consecutive minutes at a speed of 12 words per minute. Other conditions are the same as applicable to Grade II Examination.

Punctuations:Full stop, Comma, Semi-colon, Break sign (BT), Hyphen and Question mark.

 

Morse Code test for Grade I : Sending-

(Speed: 12 words per minute)

The test piece will be similar to Morse receiving test.

Candidates are required to send for five consecutive minutes at a speed not less than 12 words per minute.

Other conditions are the same as applicable to Grade II examination.

A candidate is required to pass both in Part I and Part II simultaneously.

 

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