General Radio Operators License (PG)

A PG is required to adjust, maintain, or internally repair FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters in the aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. It conveys all of the operating authority of the MP. It is also required to operate any compulsorily equipped ship radiotelephone station operating with more than 1500 watts of peak envelope power or voluntarily equipped ship and aeronautical (including aircraft) stations with more than 1000 watts of peak envelope power.

A MP is required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard certain vessels that sail the Great Lakes. They are also required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard vessels of more than 300 gross tons and vessels which carry more than six passengers for hire in the open sea or any tidewater area of the United States. They are also required to operate certain aviation radiotelephone stations and certain coast radiotelephone stations.

The General Radio Operators License test comprises of element 1 and element 3.  If you desire the Ship Radar Endorsement for this license, you must complete the element 8 exam.

Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.

Element 3 - General Radiotelephone. Electronic fundamentals and techniques required to adjust, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and receivers. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: operating procedures, radio wave propagation, radio practice, electrical principles, circuit components, practical circuits, signals and emissions, and antennas and feed lines. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 75 out of 100 questions.

If you need more information about the General Radio Operators License vist the FCC's webpage

Element 8 - Ship Radar Techniques. Specialized theory and practice applicable to the proper installation, servicing, and maintenance of ship radar equipment in general use for marine navigation purposes. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 38 out of 50 questions.

If you need more information about the Ship Radar Endorsement, visit the FCC's webpage

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Element 1

Element 1 Practice Test 1 Element 1 Practice Test 2
Element 1 Practice Test 3 Element 1 Practice Test 4
Element 1 Practice Test 5 Element 1 Practice Test 6

Element 1 Topic Tests - Random Ordered Questions

Topic A: Rules and Regulation Practice Test
- 36 questions covering these topics:

    Equipment Requirements
    License Requirements
    Watchkeeping
    Logkeeping
    Log Entries
    Miscellaneous Rules and Regulations

Topic B: Communications Procedures Practice Test
- 36 questions covering these topics:

    Bridge-to-Bridge Operations
    Operating Procedures
    Distress Communications
    Urgency and Safety Communications
    GMDSS

Topic C: Equipment Operations Practice Test
- 36 questions covering these topics:

    VHF Equipment Controls
    VHF Channel Selection
    MF-HF Equipment Controls
    MF-HF Frequency & Emission Selection
    Equipment Tests
    Equipment Faults

Topic D: Other equipment Practice Test
-36 questions covering these topics:

    Antennas
    Power Sources
    EPIRBS
    SARTS
    Survival Craft VHF
    NAVTEX

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Element 3

Element 3 Practice Test 1 Element 3 Practice Test 2
Element 3 Practice Test 3 Element 3 Practice Test 4
Element 3 Practice Test 5 Element 3 Practice Test 6

Element 3 Topic Tests - Random Ordered Questions

Topic A:  Principles Practice Test
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 48 questions covering these topics:

    Electrical Elements
    Magnetism
    Materials
    Resistance, Capacitance & Inductance
    Semi-conductors
    Electrical Measurements
    Waveforms
    Conduction
 
Topic B: Electrical Math Practice Test
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  60 questions covering these topics:

    Ohm’s Law
    Frequency
    Waveforms
    Power Relationships
    RC Time Constants
    Impedance Networks
    Calculations

Topic C: Components Practice Test
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  60 questions covering these topics:

    Photoconductive Devices
    Capacitors
    Transformers
    Voltage Regulators, Zener Diodes
    SCRs, Triacs
    Diodes
    Transistors
    Light Emitting Diodes
    Devices

Topic D: CircuitsPractice Test
24 questions covering these topics:

    R-L-C Circuits
    Op Amps
    Phase Locked Loops (PLLs);  and
    Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs); Mixers
    Schematics

Topic E: Digital Logic Practice Test
48 questions covering these topics:
 
    Types of Logic
    Logic Gates
    Logic Levels
    Flip-Flops
    Multivibrators
    Memory
    Microprocessors
    Counters, Dividers, Converters

Topic F: Receivers Practice Test
60 questions covering these topics:

    Receiver Theory
    RF Amplifiers
    Oscillators
    Mixers
    IF Amplifiers
    Filters and IF Amplifiers
    Filters
    Detectors
    Audio & Squelch Circuits
    Receiver Performance

Topic G: Transmitters Practice Test
36 questions covering these topics:

    Amplifiers - 1
    Amplifiers - 2
    Oscillators & Modulators
    Resonance - Tuning Networks
    SSB Transmitters
    Technology

Topic H: Modulation Practice Test
18 questions covering these topics:

    Frequency Modulation
    SSB Modulation
    Pulse Modulation

Topic I: Power Sources Practice Test
12 questions covering these topics:

    Batteries
    Motors & Generators

Topic J: Antennas Practice Test
30 questions covering these topics:

    Antenna Theory
    Voltage, Current and Power Relationships
    Frequency and Bandwidth
    Transmission Lines
    Effective Radiated Power

Topic K: Aircraft Practice Test
36 questions covering these topics:

    Distance Measuring Equipment
    VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR)
    Instrument Landing System (ILS)
    Automatic Direction Finding Equipment (ADF) and Transponders
    Aircraft Antenna Systems and Frequencies
    Equipment Functions

Topic L: Installation, Maintenance & Repair Practice Test
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 48 questions covering these topics:

    Indicating Meters
    Test Equipment
    Oscilloscopes
    Specialized Instruments
    Measurement Procedures
    Repair Procedures
    Installation Codes & Procedures
    Troubleshooting

Topic M: Communications TechnologyPractice Test
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 18 questions covering these topics:

    Types of Transmissions
    Coding and Multiplexing
    Signal Processing, Software and Codes

Topic N: Marine Practice Test
30 questions covering these topics:

    VHF
    MF-HF, SSB-SITOR
    Survival Craft Equipment: VHF, SARTs & EPIRBs
    FAX, NAVTEX
    NMEA Data

Topic O: Radar Practice Test
30 questions covering these topics:

    RADAR Theory
    Components
    Range, Pulse Width & Repetition Rate
    Antennas & Waveguides
    RADAR Equipment

Topic P: Satellite Practice Test
24 questions covering these topics:

    Low Earth Orbit Systems
    INMARSAT Communications Systems-1
    INMARSAT Communications Systems-2
    GPS

Topic Q: Safety Practice Test
12 questions covering these topics:

    Radiation Exposure
    Safety Steps

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Element 8

Element 8 Practice Test 1 Element 8 Practice Test 2
Element 8 Practice Test 3 Element 8 Practice Test 4
Element 8 Practice Test 5 Element 8 Practice Test 6

Element 1 Topic Tests - Random Ordered Questions

Topic A: RADAR Principles Practice Test
-  60 questions covering these topics:

    Marine RADAR Systems
    Distance and Time
    Frequency and Wavelength
    Power, Pulse Width, PRR
    Range, Pulse Width, PRF
    Pulse Width - Pulse Repetition Rates
    Components-1
    Components-2
    Circuits-1
    Circuits-2
 
Topic B: Transmitting Systems Practice Test
-  48 questions covering these topics:

    Transmitting Systems
    Magnetrons
    Modulation
    Pulse Forming Networks Modulation
    TR - ATR - Circulators - Directional Couplers-1
    TR - ATR - Circulators - Directional Couplers-2
    Timer - Trigger - Synchronizer Circuits

Topic C: Receiving Systems Practice Test
-  60 questions covering these topics:

    Receiving Systems
    Mixers
    Local Oscillators
    Amplifiers
    Detectors - Video Amplifiers
    Automatic Frequency Control - AFC
    Sea Clutter - STC
    Power Supplies
    Interference Issues
    Miscellaneous

Topic D: Display & Control Systems Practice Test
-  60 questions covering these topics:

    Displays
    Video Amplifiers and Sweep Circuits
    Timing Circuits
    Fixed Range Markers
    Variable Range Markers
    EBL, Azimuth and True Bearing
    Memory Systems
    ARPA - CAS
    Display System Power Supplies
    Miscellaneous

Topic E: Antenna Systems Practice Test
-  30 questions covering these topics:

    Antenna Systems
    Transmission Lines
    Antenna to Display Interface
    Waveguides-1
    Waveguides-2

Topic F: Installation, Maintenance & Repair Practice Test
-  42 questions covering these topics:

    Equipment Faults-1
    Equipment Faults-2
    Equipment Faults-3
    Equipment Faults-4
    Maintenance
    Installation
    Safety

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