presents questions in random order from the selected question
pool, and terminates when all questions have been answered correctly. The
session may be interrupted with ^C, and resumed later.
Some questions refer to figures. The figures for the selected question pool are
displayed in a separate window using $HTML_VIEWER, if it is executable. If
$HTML_VIEWER is undefined, xdg-open(1) will be used to choose the default
browser. If $HTML_VIEWER is not an executable command (e.g. ""),
then questions which refer to figures will be noted and skipped.
Licenses are issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but
examinations are administered by COLEM examiners. See
http://wireless.fcc.gov/commoperators/index.htm?job=home for information
regarding USA commercial radio licenses.
If no pool is specified, usage, version, and help information is displayed.
To initialize the question pool, one of the element numbers may be specified:
- 1 Element 1, Basic radio law and operating practice.
3 Element 3, General Radiotelephone; Electronic fundamentals and
techniques required to adjust, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and
5 Element 5, Radiotelegraph operating procedures and practices.
6 Element 6, Advanced technical, legal, and other matters applicable
to the operation of all classes of radiotelegraph stations.
7 Element 7, GMDSS Radio Operating Practices.
7R Element 7R, Restricted GMDSS Radio Operating Practices.
8 Element 8, Ship Radar Techniques.
9 Element 9, GMDSS Radio Maintenance Practices and Procedures.
The following abbreviations may be used to select multiple elements:
T1 First Class Radiotelegraph: elements 1, 5, 6.
T2 Second Class Radiotelegraph: elements 1, 5, 6.
T3 Third Class Radiotelegraph: elements 1, 5.
GROL General Radiotelephone Operator License: elements 1, 3.
GROL+ General Radiotelephone Operator License + Radar: elements 1, 3,
MROP Marine Radio Operator Permit: element 1.
GMDSS Global Maritime Distress Safety System Radio Operator: elements
GMDSS+ GMDSS Radio Maintainer + Radar: elements 1, 7, 8, 9.
RGMDSS Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator: elements 1, 7R.
q The question pool is selected interactively. This is needed when
starting the application from an icon.
A directory ~/.fccexam is created to hold the names of the questions which
remain to be answered correctly.
For more information regarding licensing, ref.
For information regarding amateur radio licensing (ham radio), see the package
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The question pools, and number of questions required, are sometimes modified;
Radiotelegraph Operator licenses also require Morse code proficiency elements,
which are not provided by fccexam.
does not automatically update the question pools from the FCC Web