Amateur Radio Quiz: I Knew That!


1) A warbling signal around 14.230 MHz is probably...
d. HF Fax

2) Slow Morse code "O" characters sent on 144.015 MHz band are likely...
a. EME
b. ATV
c. Meteor Scatter
d. Intruders

3) You've just worked a station on 13.995 by calling them on 14.025. What day is it?

4) A station calling "CQ CHN" is looking for what?
a. Chinese hams
b. Canadian Ham Night participants
c. County Hunters Net members
d. CNN field reporters on the shared 30 meter band

5) What operating event takes place on New Year's Eve?
a. Rag Chew Night
b. Straight Key Night
c. Hootowl Sprint
d. Moonlight Ramble

6) The All Asian contests permit YLs to send part of their exchange as "00". What does this represent?
a. Age
b. Serial number
c. Zone
d. Marital status

7) On which HF band would you find FM signals?
a. 75 meters
b. 30 meters
c. 12 meters
d. 10 meters

8) Which of these is not a digital mode?
b. Olivia
c. PSK31

9) You hear a signal ID in CW on 14.100 MHz followed by tones that slowly get weaker, and then a different ID is transmitted followed by tones. What are you hearing?
a. An antenna test competition
b. WWV
c. Northern California DX Foundation beacons
d. 20 meter ionospheric sounders

10) What is the only amateur band on which phone transmissions are not allowed?
a. 30 meters
b. 17 meters
c. 12 meters
d. 902 MHz

11) What is the only amateur band on which CW transmissions are not allowed?
a. 60 meters
b. 12 meters
c. 902 MHz
d. 10.7 GHz

12) 56 kbps data signals are permitted on ham bands above what frequency?
a. 30 MHz
b. 50 MHz
c. 144 MHz
d. 222 MHz

Bonus: Which 2 meter repeater output frequency can the input be offset either +600 kHz or -600 kHz?



1) c -- This is the SSTV calling frequency.
2) a -- EME (Earth-Moon-Earth or "moonbounce") stations send "O" to listen for their own echoes and alert others to their presence.
3) Armed Forces Day when hams make crossband QSOs with stations on US Military bases. With call signs of WAR, AIR, NAV and such, they have memorable QSLs.
4) c -- The county hunters pursue the USA-CA Award.
5) b -- Dust off that brass and pound away before heading out to that midnight gala.
6) a -- Who said chivalry was dead?
7) d -- Tune up to 29.600 -- the FM simplex calling frequency -- or try some of the repeaters between 29.5 and 29.7 MHz.
8) a -- Single Sideband-Suppressed Carrier is the name of the primary analog HF voice mode.
9) c -- This organization supports a worldwide beacon network on 20 through 10 meters - very handy! See their Web site for details and schedules.
10) a -- 30 meters is a refuge for the CW and digital operator, although still a secondary allocation to amateurs.
11) a -- 60 meters consists of five fixed-frequency channels where only USB voice is permitted.
12) d -- The lower the band, the lower maximum data rate becomes, down to 1200 bps in the HF bands.

Bonus: Repeater outputs on 147.00 MHz comply with both -600 kHz and +600 kHz offset planning.

H. Ward Silver, N0AX
ARRL Contributing Editor