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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. Radio waves in free space travel in straight lines unless:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


2. An amateur callsign VK3NZZ would denote a:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


3. A radio wave that passes over sharp objects such as a mountain ridge may be:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


4. From the following chart, what is considered to be an Amateur radio frequency band:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


5. A transmitter that is improperly adjusted may:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


6. 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)  


7. 2 millivolts is equal to:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


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

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


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

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


10. Modern electronic equipment in the home is rated in terms of radio frequency immunity, which is the:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


11. Antennas and antenna fittings most importantly must be kept clear of:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


12. A radio call that includes PAN PAN means:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


13. The maximum power using SSB allowed for foundation amateur stations is:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


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

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


15. Referring to the following block diagram, Block 1 is called the:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


16. When operating on an amateur band, you must announce your call sign:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


17. Electromagnetic radiation can be dangerous to people, the danger is directly related to:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


18. An amateur transceiver that has the transmitter incorrectly tuned may cause :-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


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

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


20. To reduce the radiation from a transmitter under test:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


21. An amateur call sign VK6AZZ would denote:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


22. Antenna erection and rigging should only be carried out:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


23. If a radio amateur hears a distress call, on a non-amateur frequency, that is not acknowledged, the radio amateur:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


24. The degree of interference to household equipment may be decreased or improved by:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  


25. Objectionable interference from an amateur station to radio and television reception can vary with:-

a)  

b)  

c)  

d)  




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