Frequently Asked Questions

♦  Who needs a FCC Commercial Operators License?
♦  Who needs a FCC Commercial Operators License to repair equipment?
♦  Why should I subscribe when you give the test away on your sample test page?
♦  Tell me about your practice tests?
♦  Why don't you recommend additional study material?
♦  I don't see a correct answer when I take the tests?
♦  How do I apply for my money back guarantee?
♦  Are you using the latest question pool?


   Why should I subscribe when you give the test away on your sample test page?

The sample test page is one test from the question pool.  Consider these tidbits when creating the tests under the rules:

Element 1 requires 6 tests to cover every question in the pool.
Element 3 requires 6 tests to cover every question in the pool.
Element 7 requires 6 tests to cover every question in the pool.
Element 7R requires 6 tests to cover every question in the pool.
Element 8 requires 6 tests to cover every question in the pool.
Element 9 requires 6 tests to cover every question in the pool.

The problem you encounter while using the Sample Tests Page is you do not see all the questions in the pool. Why decrease your chance at success?

Back when I took my FCC License test, three of us drove 288 miles to take the test. One of us prepared for three months and that one [me] scored in the 90s. Preparation is the key. One of the three decided to study when I drove. That same one also wanted to study the night before the test and the day of the test. If you don't know the material by the day before or the day of the test, all is lost.

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 Tell me about your practice tests.

All questions in the pool are multiple choice. You must choose the closest to best answer. We offer these types of tests:

The element COLEM tests strickly follow the COLEM Rules.
The element Random Question tests does not randomize the answers..
The random question and answer test samples the correct number of questions from the question pool.  These tests may not conform to the COLEM rules.
The subtopics are presented as random questions and answers.

 The six COLEM and Random Question tests ensure you see every question in the pool.  The others are there to use if you fail a topic (topic tests) or want to ensure your not just recognizing the position of the correct answer.

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 Why don't you recommend additional study material?

I don't recommend additional study material because I don't know your current experience in electronics. I will let those who write the testimonials recommend whatever they used to prepare for the exam. There are a lot of books out there dedicated to the FCC Commercial Licenses.

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 I don't see a correct answer when I take the tests?

The  correct answer only appears after you have viewed every question and having pressed the Submit button.  You need not answer the question to see the correct answers.  There are no timed tests here.

Here is the legend for all the tests.


test results legend

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  How do I apply for my money back guarantee?

Send a copy of your COLEM issued certificate of not passing to:

Include your email address and once it has been verified that you complied with the recommendation of taking the tests till you scored consistently in the 90s, I will send you a check refunding your full subscription.

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  Are you using the latest question pool?

Yes.  From time to time, the FCC may change the number of questions to be included in the examination for a particular element and/or the number of answers needed to pass the examination. The FCC will issue a public notice or take other actions to inform the public of any such change.

Testing
Element
Date
Approved
Public
Notice
Element 1 6/25/2009 DA 09-1417
Element 3 6/25/2009 DA 09-1417
Element 7 12/10/2012 DA 12-1988
Element 7R 12/10/2012 DA 12-1988
Element 8 6/25/2009 DA 09-1417
Element 9 4/3/2013 DA-13-597

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 Who needs a FCC Commercial Operators License?

You need a commercial operator license to operate, and/or to repair and maintain, specified ship, and aircraft radio communication stations.

The licensing requirements for operating such radio stations and the licensing requirements for repairing and maintaining such radio stations are discussed separately.

Repairing and Maintaining is discussed below.

CAUTION:These listings only describe when a commercial operator license is necessary. A commercial operator license does not constitute or imply FCC authorization to transmit radio signals. Before you operate any radio station, make certain that the station is licensed as required by the FCC.

The licensing requirements for operating such radio stations and the licensing requirements for repairing and maintaining such radio stations are discussed separately below.

Ship radio stations if:

• the vessel carries more than six passengers for hire; or
• the radio operates on medium frequencies (MF) or high frequencies (HF); or
• the ship sails to foreign ports; or
• the ship station transmits radiotelegraphy; or
• the ship is larger than 300 gross tons and is required by law to carry a radio station for safety purposes.
• Aircraft radio stations, except those which operate only on very high frequencies (VHF) and do not make foreign flights.

You do NOT need a commercial operator license to operate the following:

• Ship stations operating only on VHF frequencies that do not travel to foreign ports or make international communications (unless the vessel carries more than six passengers for hire, or the ship is larger than 300 gross tons and is required by law to carry a radio station for safety purposes).
• Shore radar, shore radiolocation, maritime support or shore radionavigation stations.
• Survival craft stations or EPIRBs.
• Ship radar stations, if (a) the radar frequency is determined by a nontunable, pulse type magnetron or other fixed tune device, and (b) the radar is capable of being operated exclusively by external controls.
• Coast stations.
• Aircraft stations which operate only on VHF frequencies and do not make foreign flights.
• Aircraft radar sets, radio altimeters, transponders or other aircraft automatic radionavigation transmitters.
• ELTs or aviation survival craftstations used solely for survival purposes.

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 Radio Maintenance and Repair

The licensing requirements for repairing and maintaining such radio stations and the licensing requirements for operating such radio stations are discussed separately.

Operating is discussed above.

Radio Maintenance and Repair

You need a commercial operator license to repair and maintain the following:
All ship radio and radar stations.
All coast stations.
All hand-carried units used to communicate with ships and coast stations on marine frequencies.
All aircraft stations and aeronautical ground stations (including hand-carried portable units) used to communicate with aircraft.

You do NOT need a commercial radio operator license to operate, repair, or maintain any of the following types of stations:

Two-way land mobile radio equipment, such as that used by police and fire departments, taxicabs and truckers, businesses and industries, ambulances and rescue squads, and local, state, and federal government agencies.
Personal radio equipment used in the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS), Radio Control Radio Service (RCRS), and General Mobile Radio Services (GMRS).
Auxiliary broadcast stations, such as remote pickup stations.
Domestic public fixed and mobile radio systems, such as mobile telephone systems, cellular systems, rural radio systems, point-to-point microwave systems, multipoint distribution systems, etc.
Stations that operate in the Cable Television Relay Service.
Satellite stations, both uplink and downlink of all types.

NOTE: Possession of a commercial radio operator license or permit does not authorize an individual to operate amateur or GMRS radio stations. Only a person holding an amateur or GMRS radio operator license may operate an amateur or GMRS radio station.

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