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Can you pass the Foundation test?

Posted: 09 Oct 2018 01:45 PM PDT

As many of you know, Im one of the commentators on the ICQPodcast. Most of
them live, or have lived, in the U.K., so I get exposed to a lot of British
ham radio stuff.

Like the U.S., the U.K. has three classes of license: Foundation,
Intermediate, and Full. They roughly correspond to our Technician, General,
and Extra Class licenses. One big difference is that they dont publish the
question pool over there. Even so, there are some websites where you can
take practice tests.

Yesterday, Ed, DD5LP, who, I believe, grew up in the U.K., and got his
first ham radio license there, sent the group this:

Hi Guys,

You probably already know of this site:

Try taking the mock licence tests on this site (or the 10 question Quiz)
(provided to them by who no longer provide on-line tests)
its interesting BUT read the questions through multiple times as some of
their English is bad and sometimes there are very similar answers and I
guarantee if you arent careful youll chose the wrong one as I did a couple
of times reducing my pass rate down and me kicking myself as I knew the
correct answer but chose the wrong letter!

Just for fun, I decided to take the 26-question test. Surprisingly, I only
got 23/26 correct. Heres my reply:

Hmmmm. I got 23 of 26 correct, so I’m guessing that I qualify for the
Foundation license. The questions I got wrong a

1) Which of the following bands do space researchers use?
5) Q Codes exist
a question that I’m too*embarrassed to list here.

I just didn’t know #1, but I’m going to complain about #5. The answer I
chose is, “To be used solely when transmitting Morse Code, but the correct
answer is, “To facilitate communications by using standard abbreviations.”
I contend that Q signals should technically only be used when operating
Morse Code, and that the are NOT abbreviations.

I got the third one wrong as I didnt heed Eds warning about carefully
reading the question. Even so, I should have gotten it correct.

Eds email had the subject line, a bit of fun and it indeed it was. Take the
test yourself and tell us how you do.

Having said all that, Ed noted in a subsequent email that RSGB publishes
their own practice tests:

I havent tried these yet, though.

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