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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB053 (2001)

ARLB053 New Amateur Extra class question pool released

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ARRL Bulletin 53  ARLB053
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 30, 2001
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB053 New Amateur Extra class question pool released

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators' Question
Pool Committee has released a revised and expanded Amateur Extra
class (Element 4) question pool into the public domain. The new
question pool becomes effective July 1, 2002, and must be used to
generate all Extra class written examinations administered on or
after that date. It replaces the Extra class question pool released
April 15, 2000--the day Amateur Radio ''restructuring'' became

The new Element 4 pool expands the number of questions by more than
20 percent--806 questions--as opposed to 665 in the current Extra
class pool, and it contains more technical material. More than half
of the questions cover electrical principles, circuits, signals and

The 50 questions in an Extra class examination are drawn from the
question pool consistent with FCC rules and according to a formula
that specifies the number of questions to be asked from each of nine
topic areas. Applicants must correctly answer at least 37 questions
to pass.

The new Element 4 question pool is available on the ARRL Web site, The just-released Extra
class question pool will remain valid through June 30, 2005.

The Question Pool Committee now will turn its attention to
developing an outline for the Technician class (Element 2) question
pool. A draft Element 2 syllabus is scheduled for public release and
comment next spring. The QPC invites suggestions for the Element 2
syllabus and question pool revision.

Questions and comments about the QPC's work can be directed to,
Chairman Scotty Neustadter, W4WW,; ARRL VEC Manager
Bart Jahnke, W9JJ,; Fred Maia, W5YI,; and
John Johnston, W3BE,


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