Before submitting your exam, please review your answers.
Be sure you have answered each question. All questions are true/false
or multiple choice. Click on the arrow block to make your selection.
1. The most important thing you bring
to EmComm is ___________________.
A) a strong work ethic
B) your operating expertise
C) the proper attitude
C) knowledge of digital modes
2. Amateur radio EmComm Volunteers
have the same role as emergency responders.
3. With regard to your attitude....
(Select the most appropriate answer.)
A) It doesn't really matter.
B) It demonstrates how much I really know.
C) Determines the effectiveness of the Amateur Radio participation.
D) It helps keep everyone in a good mood.
Volunteers can be compensated for operating their amateur
equipment when they are assigned to work with a government
agency as a RACES operator.
During a major emergency, are cellular telephones a consistantly
reliable resource for emergency communication?
Once trained, regular review of procedures is not necessary.
radio operators can activate RACES operations if there is a
and RACES have redundant functions, therefore, only one of
these two organizations should serve a given
radio operators responding to an emergency should follow the
Incident Command System methods and integrate into the
ICS system that exists for the incident.
What are the two highest precedences for Radiogram messages?
A) Emergency and Priority
B) Formal and Informal
C) Routine and Health & Welfare
11. You do
not know who is listening to an amateur radio transmission.
12. Which of
these modes enhance privacy/security over normal voice
D) All of the above
are not allowed to operate non-amateur equipment during an
best time to deal with stress is to learn coping mechanisms
before responding to an event.
15. What type
of net is created when there are a large number of stations needing
to use the frequency or the volume of traffic cannot be dealt with
on a first-come first-served basis.
A) Informal net
B) Open net
C) Directed net
D) MARS net
operator's stress condition should be assessed before the
operator is released from an assignment.
emergencies usually have no influence on how we handle the real
18. No EmComm
member can be expected to be prepared to respond effectively
during an emergency. After all, we're just amateurs.
What defines an incident?
A) Your neighbors arguing
B) High School football game
C) Hawaiian or pepperoni pizza
D) Any event that involves the potential or real
threat to individuals or property
20. The Incident
Command System is a management tool designed to assist anyone
who has the responsibility for the successful
outcome of an incident.
21. Within EmCom
the acronym "NVIS" stands for:
A) National Volunteer Instructor Service
B) Normal Variable Inductance Sum
C) Near Vertical Incidence Skywave
D) Nevada Volunteer Information System
emergencies, the person responsible for making statements to the
media and press is:
B) The Served Agency Public Information Officer.
C) The ARRL Appointee (Section Manager, etc)
D) The EmComm representative.
asked to relay a CERT team message from FRS. What service did
that come through?
A) Fragle Rock Show
B) First Radio Service
C) Fresno Regional Standard
D) Family Radio Service
generators should always be grounded to prevent:
A) Electrical shock
B) Creating a spark that could start a fire
C) Cause excessive interference
D) All of these
mast guy wires should always:
A) Be tightened and secured
B) Have bright colored pennants attached
C) Be cleared away from wire antenna conductors
D) All of these
26. Amateurs may
provide emergency communications on a frequency not in the Amateur
Radio bands only under the following conditions:
A) When no other means of communications is available.
B) Because military equipment is usually higher power.
C) A condition exists that is life threatening.
D) Any time better conditions allow it.
E) A and B above.
F) A and C above.
emergencies, routine message traffic may be processed between
A) Only when directed to do so by the NCS.
B) Whenever you feel it has waited long enough.
C) After "normal" operations have been resumed.
public service communications is good practice for emergency operating.
29. You may
provide communications for a pizza delivery service if they are
unable to locate their driver.
30. If you are
approached by a television reporter during an emergency, what should
A) Be impressed that you are going to be on TV.
B) Say that you are not allowed to talk to reporters.
C) Refer them to the
served agency Public Information Officer
D) Describe your function and what
you are doing there.
31. If you
receive a written message to transmit for an agency, you should
correct any errors in grammar and spelling before it is sent.
32. The words
chosen for the ITU phonetics are used because each word sounds
completely different from the others.
33. If you
receive a message from another station that is difficult to
understand, you should:
A) Rearrange the wording so it makes sense.
B) Discard it as invalid or return it to the sender.
C) Interpret what you felt they intended to say.
D) Relay or transmit it exactly as it was received.
emergencies, the NCS does not control the event but is there
to control the flow of information.
"tactical" net is a directed net using tactical call signs
and is usually restricted to traffic for the event only.
36. What type
of net is used to acquire volunteers and make assignments for
A) Operational net.
B) Resource net.
C) Tactical net.
D) RACES net.
nets are for passing formal (formatted) messages to and from the
traffic system (i.e. NTS and/or RRI). These nets may be formal or
informal at the discretion of the NCS.
38. A tactical
call sign is used to identify a location or function during an event
regardless of who is operating.
39. Checking in
with "this is" then a pause or unkey followed by your call may
work on some nets but, it does cause delays and potential problems.
40. Imagine this
situation: You are operating your radio normally and a fireman
comes up to you and tells you to stop transmitting or turn off your
equipment. What should you do next?
A) Contact the NCS and let them know you will be off the air.
B) Tell the fireman you must ID and sign off first.
C) Do so immediately and without question.
D) Let the fireman know you are just doing your job and continue.
41. You should
identify your station at the end of each transmission in order to
comply with FCC regulations.
A) No. Everyone knows who you are.
B) Yes. It lets everyone know who was talking.
C) No. FCC rules say every 10 minutes or at the end of the contact.
D) Yes. But, only if you are using tactical call
Being a good communicator does not necessarily
include which of the following items:
A) Proficient in CW net operations.
B) Uses tactical call signs when assigned.
C) Answers promptly when called by NCS.
D) Follows established net protocol.
43. A liaison
station's job is to maintain communications between two nets.
44. FM simplex
will often be used for on-scene tactical nets because:
A) It saves repeater time.
B) It limits the coverage area.
C) It is the most efficient mode for that
D) The equipment is easiest to operate in nearly any
E) Both A and B above.
F) Both C and D above.
45. Imagine this
situation: A river has overflowed its banks in a canyon some 135
miles from the nearest city. Several hundred people are without
telephone and power. You must establish communications between the
flood area and your county EOC. What would be your choice for
accomplishing that task since the canyon is shadowed from any
A) Set up HF stations at both locations using an NVIS
B) Provide a UHF station and downlink to a relay station
at another location.
C) Provide a UHF or VHF link through an HF station.
D) Any of the above that will be most effective.
46. What would
you do in this situation? You have been handling traffic through a
local repeater when suddenly it stops functioning. What action
should you take to continue operating?
A) Find another repeater that is still operating and
B) Switch your radio to simplex mode on the repeater output
C) Change bands and join another net that is still operating.
D) Throw up your hands and give up.
47. As an
amateur volunteer communicator, you may be asked to do things
that aren't directly related to operating your radio such as
cleaning up debris from an open area, assisting with setting
up of tables and chairs, etc. at your location. You should:
A) Refuse as you are only there to operate your radio equipment.
B) Do whatever is necessary to keep served agencies happy.
C) Assist if you can, if it affects your operating safely.
D) Assist as long as you are comfortable
doing the work and it does not interfere with you ability to communicate.
48. What are
the "essential" items that should be in your possession while
operating in an emergency?
A) RACES or agency ID card, amateur license and
B) Food, water and extra clothing.
C) Your well prepared Go Kit, radio, batteries,
food and water.
D) All of the above.
49. Various EmComm groups
have recommended that operators "standardize" on the Anderson Power Pole Connector because:
A) It is less costly than OEM connectors and easier to
B) It allows your radios to be used by other people.
C) Your equipment can be more easily interchanged at any location.
D) You will have your equipment look like everyone else's.
50. The reason
some EmComm units fail is:
A) Lack of interest; nothing ever happens here.
B) Poor leadership; everything is disorganized.
C) There's nothing in it for me; takes too much of my
D) I'm not needed, someone else will always volunteer.
E) All of these reasons can contribute.
End. How would you rate this examination?
A) Very easy, anyone could pass it.
B) The questions made me think, you had to know your subject.
C) It was challenging, I had to work on some of them to get the answer.
D) Much too difficult.
You will be contacted with
your grade. Your name, callsign and grade will be
to the Knox County EMA Director and the Knox County ARES/RACES-CERT Team Leader.