Upgrade from the Technician Class License.

  • Exam Requirements: 35-question General written exam (Element 3).
  • License Privileges: All VHF/UHF Amateur bands and most HF privileges (10 through 160 meters).

Technicians may upgrade to General Class by passing a 35-question multiple-choice written examination. The written exam covers intermediate regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on HF applications. Non-licensed individuals must pass Element 2 and Element 3 written exams to earn a General License.

The General Class is a giant step up in operating privileges. The high-power HF privileges granted to General licensees allow for cross-country and worldwide communication. In addition to the Technician privileges, General Class operators are authorized to operate on any frequency in the 160, 60, 30, 17, 12 and 10 meter bands. They may also use significant segments of the 80, 40, 20 and 15 meter bands.

  • For use on or after July 1, 2015

General class (Element 3) Pool is effective July 1, 2015 and is valid until June 30, 2019. The General class question pool contains one schematic diagram.

General Pool