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Foundation Licence


WIA Amateur Radio
Foundation Level Online Assessment

    Check your knowledge - Instant results

    This online assessment has been made available for prospective amateurs studying for their Foundation level licence.

    For the best outcome we strongly recommend you purchase a copy of "Your Entry Into Amateur Radio" the foundation licence study manual Rev 3, accessible in the Left Hand menu or by clicking this Link.



  1. Each question in this assessment carries equal marks.
  2. Questions must be answered by clicking the button associated with the correct answer for each question.
  3. You have 30 minutes to complete this Amateur Radio Foundation Level online assessment.
  4. The questions are selected at random from a pool of questions.
  5. The order of the answers for each question have been randomised.
  6. Exam questions are © Wireless Institute of Australia (September 2020)
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1. Interference to a neighbours television equipment by amateur transmissions has been identified; mains conducted interference has been dismissed as the problem. The most likely cause is:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


2. A SWR reading on a coaxial cable of 3:1 would indicate:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


3. When installing an antenna it is good practice to also install:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


4. An amateur must produce their Amateur Licence to:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


5. The transmitter should be matched to the transmission line and antenna:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


6. An electric fuse prevents:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


7. Amateur radio, broadcast radio, and TV reception can suffer interference from:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


8. The primary purpose of amateur radio is to facilitate:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


9. A radio transmitter requires a 13.8 volt power supply. Connecting a 16 volt power supply would most likely:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


10. The specified bands, emission types, and modes for foundation licence holders are specified in the:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


11. The SWR meter in an amateur station is usually located:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


12. A radio wave that reaches the ionosphere may be:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


13. In an electric circuit DC stands for:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


14. Referring to the following block diagram, the name of Block 3 is called the:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


15. An amateur station should have an RF earth. The most important function of the RF earth is to:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


16. EMC problems from an amateur station are dependent on the:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


17. If an amateur is causing harmful interference to other radiocommunications services, the amateur must:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


18. Amateur radio operators are allocated specific bands so that:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


19. A radio wave that strikes the earth is likely to be:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


20. If you suspect someone has received an electric shock, the first action is to:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


21. If you hear a MAYDAY message on the radio, you should:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


22. A radio amateur can transmit secret coded messages when:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


23. You have developed a secret code and wish to transmit this on an amateur band:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


24. As the licensed operator of your station it is your responsibility to:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


25. The reason the mains ON/OFF switch in an amateur station should be clearly labelled is to:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  




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