LEVEL 2: General Class License
Upgrade from the Technician Class License.
- Exam Requirements: 35-question General written exam (Element 3).
- License Privileges: All VHF/UHF Amateur bands and most
HF privileges (10 through 160 meters).
Technicians may upgrade to General Class by passing a 35-question
multiple-choice written examination. The written exam covers intermediate
regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on HF
applications. Non-licensed individuals must pass Element 2 and Element 3
written exams to earn a General License. The FCC grants exam Element 3
credit to individuals that previously held certain older types of licenses.
Find valid forms of Examination Element Credit.
The General Class is a giant step up in operating privileges. The high-power
HF privileges granted to General licensees allow for cross-country and
worldwide communication. In addition to the Technician privileges, General
Class operators are authorized to operate on any frequency in the 160, 30,
17, 12 and 10 meter bands. They may also use significant segments of the
80, 40, 20 and 15 meter bands.