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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX012 (2009)

ARLX012 NCVEC to Release New Technician Question Pool to Public in
January 2010

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 12  ARLX012
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 19, 2009
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX012 NCVEC to Release New Technician Question Pool to Public in
January 2010

The Question Pool Committee (QPC) of the National Conference of
Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) is due to release the new
Technician class (Element 2) question pool to the 14 VECs on
December 1, 2009; it will be released to the public in January 2010.
Each question pool for the three Amateur Radio license classes --
Technician, General and Amateur Extra -- is reviewed on a four-year
rotation. This new Technician class pool will become effective on
July 1, 2010.

According ARRL Assistant VEC Manager Perry Green, WY1O, the QPC
reviews the three question pools every four years to ensure that the
questions are kept current with the latest amateur practice and
technology, as well as addresses information relevant to that
particular license class. "In the case of the Technician pool, the
question set should provide for the new Technician licensee to be
able to establish his station and operate it legally, courteously
and safely. The Technician question pool and exam are intended to be
the beginning of the journey into the Amateur Radio Service. It
prepares the person for the enjoyment of operating, and that of
preparing to learn electronics, the cornerstone of the education
needed to obtain the further enjoyment that can come with the higher
license classes."

Green is a member of the NCVEC's Question Pool Committee. Other
members of the QPC include Chairman Roland Anders, K3RA (Laurel
VEC), Larry Pollock, NB5X (W5YI VEC), Jim Wiley, KL7CC (Anchorage
VEC) and Tom Fuszard, KF9PU (Milwaukee VEC).

Green said that earlier this year, the QPC solicited input from
Amateur Radio operators concerning the new question pool, accepting
input for new question topics and new questions, as well as
suggestions for changes or deletions: "The QPC must rely on members
of the Amateur Radio community to suggest questions and answers in a
responsible manner to preserve a high level of legitimacy for our
radio service, so the NCVEC QPC seeks input from the amateur
community concerning a revision."

The new question pool will become effective for all examinations
administered on or after July 1, 2010, and it will remain valid
until June 30, 2014. The current Technician question pool that
became effective July 1, 2006 will expire June 30, 2010. The new
Technician pool contains approximately 400 questions, from which 35
are selected for an Element 2 examination. This question pool will
contain graphics and diagrams, something new for this element.

The current General class question pool was effective July 1, 2007
and is valid through June 30, 2011. The current Amateur Extra class
pool was effective July 1, 2008 and is valid until June 30, 2012.


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