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G2B-2011: Operating courtesy; band plans, emergencies, including drills and emergency communications

G2B01-2011: Which of the following is true concerning access to frequencies?

No one has priority access to frequencies, common courtesy should be a guide

Nets always have priority

QSO’s in process always have priority

Contest operations must always yield to non-contest use of frequencies



G2B02-2011: What is the first thing you should do if you are communicating with another amateur station and hear a station in distress break in?

Acknowledge the station in distress and determine what assistance may be needed

Continue your communication because you were on frequency first

Change to a different frequency

Immediately cease all transmissions



G2B03-2011: If propagation changes during your contact and you notice increasing interference from other activity on the same frequency, what should you do?

As a common courtesy, move your contact to another frequency

Tell the interfering stations to change frequency

Report the interference to your local Amateur Auxiliary Coordinator

Increase power to overcome interference



G2B04-2011: When selecting a CW transmitting frequency, what minimum frequency separation should you allow in order to minimize interference to stations on adjacent frequencies?

150 to 500 Hz

5 to 50 Hz

1 to 3 kHz

3 to 6 kHz



G2B05-2011: What is the customary minimum frequency separation between SSB signals under normal conditions?

Approximately 3 kHz

Between 150 and 500 Hz

Approximately 6 kHz

Approximately 10 kHz



G2B06-2011: What is a practical way to avoid harmful interference when selecting a frequency to call CQ on CW or phone?

Send "QRL?" on CW, followed by your call sign; or, if using phone, ask if the frequency is in use, followed by your call sign

Listen for 2 minutes before calling CQ

Send the letter "V" in Morse code several times and listen for a response

Send “QSY” on CW or if using phone, announce “the frequency is in use”, then send your call and listen for a response



G2B07-2011: Which of the following complies with good amateur practice when choosing a frequency on which to initiate a call?

Follow the voluntary band plan for the operating mode you intend to use

Check to see if the channel is assigned to another station

Identify your station by transmitting your call sign at least 3 times

All of these choices are correct



G2B08-2011: What is the “DX window” in a voluntary band plan?

A portion of the band that should not be used for contacts between stations within the 48 contiguous United States

An FCC rule that prohibits contacts between stations within the United States and possessions on that band segment

An FCC rule that allows only digital contacts in that portion of the band

A portion of the band that has been voluntarily set aside for digital contacts only



G2B09-2011: Who may be the control operator of an amateur station transmitting in RACES to assist relief operations during a disaster?

Only a person holding an FCC issued amateur operator license

Only a RACES net control operator

A person holding an FCC issued amateur operator license or an appropriate government official

Any control operator when normal communication systems are operational



G2B10-2011: When may the FCC restrict normal frequency operations of amateur stations participating in RACES?

When the President’s War Emergency Powers have been invoked

When they declare a temporary state of communication emergency

When they seize your equipment for use in disaster communications

Only when all amateur stations are instructed to stop transmitting



G2B11-2011: What frequency should be used to send a distress call?

Whatever frequency has the best chance of communicating the distress message

Only frequencies authorized for RACES or ARES stations

Only frequencies that are within your operating privileges

Only frequencies used by police, fire or emergency medical services



G2B12-2011: When is an amateur station allowed to use any means at its disposal to assist another station in distress?

At any time during an actual emergency

Only when transmitting in RACES

At any time when transmitting in an organized net

Only on authorized HF frequencies





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