Technician Class Series – Picture This!


Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Hamradio! Today we are going to continue our series on the Technician Class License Question Pool! Today we will be talking about Diagrams.

As always, the correct answers will be in bold. I also recommend that you only read the correct answers when studying for your test. If you do this, when you take your test and you see a question, there will be a better chance that the correct answer will jump out at you easier. Some say that this approach is kind of like cheating, but the way that I see it, you will always be learning something in this hobby and you don’t have to know everything there is to know about the hobby to get your license.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the Technician Class study book, written by Gordon West, WB6NOA with Eric P. Nichols, KL7AJ, that this series is loosely based around, below is a link to it.

Let’s move on to the good stuff, shall we?


T6C01 What is the name for standardized representations of components in an electrical wiring diagram?

  1. Electrical depictions
  2. Grey sketch
  3. Schematic symbols
  4. Component callouts

Each component in a circuit has a standardize symbol. These symbols have been standardized so that anyone looking at the circuit will know what they are looking at. If you were to look at someone else’s circuit diagram and they used something other than the standardize symbols, you wouldn’t know what each component was so you couldn’t make the circuit.


T6C12 What do the symbols on an electrical circuit schematic diagram represent?

  1. Electrical components
  2. Logic states
  3. Digital codes
  4. Traffic nodes

Each symbol on a circuit diagram represents a component of the circuit. For example, the first symbol is for a resistor the second is a few different capacitors.

resistor-symbol-american - Technician

Types of capacitor - Technician





T6C13 Which of the following is accurately represented in electrical circuit schematic diagrams?

  1. Wire lengths
  2. Physical appearance of components
  3. The way components are interconnected
  4. All of these choices are correct

When you are building a circuit from a schematic diagram, you can make it as small or as big as you want to. You can make it into an Integrated Circuit(IC) Chip, or in a huge cabinet box. With that being said, the lengths of the wire would vary depending on how big you made your circuit, or you might not have any wires at all. While some of the symbols somewhat appear to be similar in appearance, some of them look nothing like the schematic symbol. So the only possible answer left is The way components are interconnected.

Technician Class Figure T3


T6C10 What is component 3 in figure T3?

  1. Connector
  2. Meter
  3. Variable capacitor
  4. Variable inductor

Component 3 is a Variable Inductor. What makes it a variable inductor over just a regular inductor is the arrow that points back to itself.


T6C11 What is component 4 in figure T3?

  1. Antenna
  2. Transmitter
  3. Dummy load
  4. Ground

Component 4 is an Antenna! It kind of reminded me of what I had to use on my TV 25 years ago when my rabbit ear antenna broke. A metal coat hanger, with the hook part bent straight and stuck in the antenna spot on top of the TV.


T6D08 Which of the following is used together with an inductor to make a tuned circuit?

  1. Resistor
  2. Zener diode
  3. Potentiometer
  4. Capacitor

Inside a tuned circuit, your will find series and parallel coils, or inductors, and capacitors.


T6D11 What is a simple resonant or tuned circuit?

  1. An inductor and a capacitor connected in series or parallel to form a filter
  2. A type of voltage regulator
  3. A resistor circuit used for reducing standing wave ratio
  4. A circuit designed to provide high fidelity audio

A resonant or tuned circuit must contain at least one inductor and one capacitor. More often than not you will find more than just one of each. The resonant frequency of the tuned circuit is the frequency at which the inductive reactance and the capacitive reactance are equal. A tuned circuit is one of the most important parts of a new radio because a resonant circuit of one form or another determines the frequency of operation.


T6C02 What is component 1 in figure T1?

  1. ResistorTechnician Class Figure T1
  2. Transistor
  3. Battery
  4. Connector

Component 1 is a Resistor. Think of the picture like this. If you were running down a hallway and the hallway turned in a zig-zag pattern like the symbol shows, would you have to slow down to make the turns. Yes! There fore it is resisting your speed of running down the hallway. A resistor does the same thing in a circuit. A resistor will slow down the current flow and decrease the voltage of a circuit.


T6C03 What is component 2 in figure T1?

  1. Resistor
  2. Transistor
  3. Indicator lamp
  4. Connector

Component 2 is a Transistor, more specifically it is a NPN transistor. There are two types of Bipolar Junction Transistor(BJT), a PNP and an NPN. The most common type used, I believe, is a NPN type. If you look at the diagram symbol of each, you can tell which one is which by the way the arrow points on it. If the arrow is pointing out, it is a NPN transistor by remembering “Not Pointing iN”. There is a saying that I learned in college for the PNP one as well, but for the life of me I can’t remember it.


T6D10 What is the function of component 2 in Figure T1?

  1. Give off light when current flows through it
  2. Supply electrical energy
  3. Control the flow of current
  4. Convert electrical energy into radio waves

A transistor is used for two purposes, to amplify a signal or to switch a signal. In this diagram it is used as a switch to control the flow of current.


T6C04 What is component 3 in figure T1?

  1. Resistor
  2. Transistor
  3. Lamp
  4. Ground symbol

Component 3 is a Lamp. Now-a-days, LED’s are probably used more often then lamps, but they still have their uses.


T6C05 What is component 4 in figure T1?

  1. Resistor
  2. Transistor
  3. Battery
  4. Ground symbol

In any circuit, you have to have some kind of power source, whether that is a Battery or a power supply. The Battery provides the voltage to run the circuit.


Tech Class Figure T2 - Technician


T6D03 What type of switch is represented by component 3 in figure T2?

  1. Single-pole single-throw
  2. Single-pole double-throw
  3. Double-pole single-throw
  4. Double-pole double-throw

Component 3 is a Single-Pole Single-Throw(SPST) switch. It is a basic on or off switch, just like the switch you use everyday to turn the light on in a room in your house. It has just a single blade that connects between the input and output of the switch to complete the circuit and allows current to flow.


T6C09 What is component 4 in figure T2?

  1. Variable inductor
  2. Double-pole switch
  3. Potentiometer
  4. Transformer

Component 4 is a Transformer. The symbol looks like two inductors, or coils, with an inductor in between.


T6C06 What is component 6 in figure T2?

  1. Resistor
  2. Capacitor
  3. Regulator IC
  4. Transistor

Component 6 is a Capacitor. A capacitor is used to temporarily store energy in a circuit. A capacitor is also used in an AC/DC converter to smooth out the voltage in the rectifier bridge so that it is a steady voltage that a DC circuit sometimes needs to operate correctly.


T6C07 What is component 8 in figure T2?

  1. Resistor
  2. Inductor
  3. Regulator IC
  4. Light emitting diode

Component 8 is a Light Emitting Diode(LED). Much like a lamp, when an LED gets the right amount of voltage to it, it lights up. LEDs can be used as indicator lights or even headlights now.


T6C08 What is component 9 in figure T2?

  1. Variable capacitor
  2. Variable inductor
  3. Variable resistor
  4. Variable transformer

Component 9 is a Variable Resistor, also known as a potentiometer. These are used in things like a volume knob on your radio or a dimmer switch for your interior lights on your car.


T6D04 Which of the following can be used to display signal strength on a numeric scale?

  1. Potentiometer
  2. Transistor
  3. Meter
  4. Relay

A meter can be used to display your signal strength on a numeric scale, much like the speedometer on your car displays your speed.


T6D02 What best describes a relay?

  1. A switch controlled by an electromagnet
  2. A current controlled amplifier
  3. An optical sensor
  4. A pass transistor

A relay is a switch that is electrically operated. Many relays use a electromagnet to operate them. Relays can control a very high voltage source with just a little bit voltage on the control input. One of the things that I use relays for is to automatically switch to a back up battery on our club repeater. The AC power coming in to power the radio, keeps the relay closed to allow the AC power to go through it. If the AC power goes out, the electromagnet de-energized and the relay switches to the other pole of it that has a battery connected to it.


T6D05 What type of circuit controls the amount of voltage from a power supply?

  1. Regulator
  2. Oscillator
  3. Filter
  4. Phase inverter

A regulator is used to control, or regulate, the amount of voltage that is coming from a power supply.


T6D06 What component is commonly used to change 120V AC house current to a lower AC voltage for other uses?

  1. Variable capacitor
  2. Transformer
  3. Transistor
  4. Diode

A transformer is used to lower or raise the AC voltage. Probably the most commonly know transformer is those big grey cylinder things that are hanging from the side of the electric pole before the wire comes into your house. The voltage that runs in the wires along the switch can be several times as much as what comes into your house.


T6D09 What is the name of a device that combines several semiconductors and other components into one package?

  1. Transducer
  2. Multi-pole relay
  3. Integrated circuit
  4. Transformer

Electronics were a lot different back 20-30 years ago than they are now, thanks in part to little things called Integrated Circuits. Circuits that use to be large in size can now be the size thumbnail. If any of you remember the first generation Gameboys by Nintendo, they had more computing power than the computers that was at mission control when Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon. Those computers were huge and took up a large room at NASA!


T5B09 What is the approximate amount of change, measured in decibels (dB), of a power increase from 5 watts to 10 watts?

  1. 2 dB
  2. 3 dB
  3. 5 dB
  4. 10 dB

The power that you transmit doubles with every 3dB. So if you go from 5 watts to 10 watts, you double your power so you have a 3 dB gain.


T5B10 What is the approximate amount of change, measured in decibels (dB), of a power decrease from 12 watts to 3 watts?

  1. -1 dB
  2. -3 dB
  3. -6 dB
  4. -9 dB

In this case, we are going down in strength so it will be a negative dB or a dB loss. If you remember that your signal doubles or halves with every 3 dB it only takes a little math to figure out the answer to this.

12(watts) / 2 = 6(watts) -> 3 dB loss

6(watts) / 2 = 3(watts) -> 3 dB loss

3(dB) + 3(dB) = 6(dB)


T5B11 What is the approximate amount of change, measured in decibels (dB), of a power increase from 20 watts to 200 watts?

  1. 10 dB
  2. 12 dB
  3. 18 dB
  4. 28 dB

Decibels(dB) is a very important part of amateur radio, especially when it comes to antennas. In this question, we see, after a little in your head math, that 200 watts it 10 times larger than 20 watts. If we just use the doubles every 3 dB you would have 160 watts at 9 dB and 320 watts at 12 dB so there really is only one choice that it could be and that is 10 dB. However, if you remember this table you can do quite a bit with easy math.

dB Power Change
3 dB 2X Power
6 dB 4X Power
9 dB 8X Power
10 dB 10X Power
20 dB 100X Power
30 dB 1000X Power
40 dB 10,000X Power


T6B07 What does the abbreviation LED stand for?

  1. Low Emission Diode
  2. Light Emitting Diode
  3. Liquid Emission Detector
  4. Long Echo Delay

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LEDs are much better to use as indicator lights than lights bulbs are because they take very little voltage and lasts a VERY long time before they burn out.


T6D07 Which of the following is commonly used as a visual indicator?

  1. LED
  2. FET
  3. Zener diode
  4. Bipolar transistor


T5B02 What is another way to specify a radio signal frequency of 1,500,000 hertz?

  1. 1500 kHz
  2. 1500 MHz
  3. 15 GHz
  4. 150 kHz

The beauty of the metric system is how easy it is to change to a different unit of measurement. Each major units takes 1000 of the previous major unit to make 1. That made more sense in my head. Let me elaborate. It takes 1000 hertz to make 1 kilohertz, it takes 1000 kilohertz to make 1 megahertz, and so on.


Metric Converstion Table - Technician

T5B13 If a frequency readout shows a reading of 2425 MHz, what frequency is that in GHz?

  1. 0.002425 GHZ
  2. 24.25 GHz
  3. 2.425 GHz
  4. 2425 GHz

Going from MHz to GHz you need to move the decimal point three places to the left. 2425 MHz would become 2.425 GHz.


T5B03 How many volts are equal to one kilovolt?

  1. One one-thousandth of a volt
  2. One hundred volts
  3. One thousand volts
  4. One million volts

One Thousand Volts = 1 Kilovolt. It doesn’t matter the unit of measure that you are using it still all works the same way. 1000 Hz = 1 kHz. 1000 amps = 1 kilo amp. 1000 Ohms = 1 Kilo Ohm.


T5B06 If an ammeter calibrated in amperes is used to measure a 3000-milliampere current, what reading would it show?

  1. 0.003 amperes
  2. 0.3 amperes
  3. 3 amperes
  4. 3,000,000 amperes

To go from Milliampere to amperes, move the decimal point to the left three times and you end up with 3 amperes.


T5B12 Which of the following frequencies is equal to 28,400 kHz?

  1. 28.400 MHz
  2. 2.800 MHz
  3. 284.00 MHz
  4. 28.400 kHz

Going from kHz to MHz, you move the decimal point to the left three times, so 28,400 kHz becomes 28.400 MHz


T5B05 Which of the following is equivalent to 500 milliwatts?

  1. 0.02 watts
  2. 0.5 watts
  3. 5 watts
  4. 50 watts

Going from milliwatts to watts you have to move the decimal point to the left three times, so 500 milliwatts because 0.5 watts.


T5B01 How many milliamperes is 1.5 amperes?

  1. 15 milliamperes
  2. 150 milliamperes
  3. 1,500 milliamperes
  4. 15,000 milliamperes

In order to go from amperres to milliamperes you have to move the decimal point to the right three times, so 1.5 amperes becomes 1,500 milliamperes.


T5B08 How many microfarads are 1,000,000 picofarads?

  1. 0.001 microfarads
  2. 1 microfarad
  3. 1000 microfarads
  4. 1,000,000,000 microfarads

We are going two major steps between picofarads and microfarads so instead of just 3 spots, we have to go 6. So if you move the decimal point 6 times to the left, 1,000,000 picofarads become 1 microfarad.


T5B04 How many volts are equal to one microvolt?

  1. One one-millionth of a volt
  2. One million volts
  3. One thousand kilovolts
  4. One one-thousandth of a volt

To go from a volt to a microvolt you have to move the decimal place to the right 6 times. So 1 volt becomes 0.000001 of a volt.

Tenth of a volt = 0.1 volt
Hundredth of a volt = 0.01
Thousandth of a volt = 0.001
Ten Thousandth of a volt = 0.0001
Hundred Thousandth of a volt = 0.00001
Millionth of a volt = 0.000001

It is just like count up, 1-10-100-1000-10000-etc but you just have to read it backwards.


T7D08 Which of the following types of solder is best for radio and electronic use?

  1. Acid-core solder
  2. Silver solder
  3. Rosin-core solder
  4. Aluminum solder

You always want to use Rosin-core solder when soldering because it is designed to melt at the lowest possible temperature. This is especially essential when soldering on surface mount circuits.


T7D09 What is the characteristic appearance of a cold solder joint?

  1. Dark black spots
  2. A bright or shiny surface
  3. A grainy or dull surface
  4. A greenish tint

If, while looking at a circuit, you see a piece of solder that appears grainy or dull, you have a cold solder joint. A solder joint should have a shiny look to it. If you have a cold solder joint on your circuit board or whatever you are building, you will have issues with current and voltage making it past it.


T7D07 Which of the following measurements are commonly made using a multimeter?

  1. SWR and RF power
  2. Signal strength and noise
  3. Impedance and reactance
  4. Voltage and resistance

For the average user, a multimeter will generally measure Voltage, resistance and current. There is also sometimes a place to test diodes. The higher the price you pay for a multimeter, the more functions you generally will get.


T7D11 Which of the following precautions should be taken when measuring circuit resistance with an ohmmeter?

  1. Ensure that the applied voltages are correct
  2. Ensure that the circuit is not powered
  3. Ensure that the circuit is grounded
  4. Ensure that the circuit is operating at the correct frequency

In order to test the resistance of you circuit, you need to measure it with the power turn off or disconnected from it. If you try to measure resistance on a powered circuit, you will probably fry your ohm meter or the Ohm section of your multimeter.


T7D06 Which of the following might damage a multimeter?

  1. Measuring a voltage too small for the chosen scale
  2. Leaving the meter in the milliamps position overnight
  3. Attempting to measure voltage when using the resistance setting
  4. Not allowing it to warm up properly

If you are trying to measure something in an incorrect setting, you can damage your meter. For example, Attempting to measure voltage when using the resistance setting can damage your meter.


T7D10 What is probably happening when an ohmmeter, connected across an unpowered circuit, initially indicates a low resistance and then shows increasing resistance with time?

  1. The ohmmeter is defective
  2. The circuit contains a large capacitor
  3. The circuit contains a large inductor
  4. The circuit is a relaxation oscillator

If, when testing with an ohmmeter, you initially get a low resistance the slowly increasing resistance with time, your circuit probably contains a large capacitor. The capacitor will actually start charging up from your ohmmeter and the resistance will go from an almost short circuit to having a resistance.


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