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NRE : Exam Elements Table
Written Elements Telegraphy Elements
Type of License 1 3 6 7 7R 8 9 1 2 3 4
Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer Check Mark Check Mark
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Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate Check Mark spacer Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer Check Mark Check Mark spacer spacer
General Radiotelephone Operator License Check Mark Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer
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GMDSS Radio Operator's License Check Mark spacer spacer spacer Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer
Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator's License Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer
GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License Check Mark Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer Check Mark spacer spacer spacer spacer
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About Written Elements
There are seven written elements in the COLEM System numbered 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. All questions are multiple choice with four possible answers - only one of which is correct. Here is a list of the written examination elements, the number of questions within each question pool, the number of exam questions and the passing mark. You need to get 75% of the questions correct in order to pass and qualify for a license.
Element Overview Questions
in Pool
Questions
in Exam
Passing
Mark
1 Basic radio law and operating practice 144 24 18
3

Electronic fundamentals and techniques required to adjust, repair and maintain radio transmitters and receivers. The exam includes questions from the the following categories: operating procedures, radio wave propagation, radio practice, electrical principles, circuit components, practical circuits, signals and emissions, antennas and feed lines.

600 100 75
5 Radiotelegraph operating procedures and practices generally followed or required in communicating by means of radiotelegraph stations. 286 50 38
6 Advanced radiotelegraph which includes technical, legal, and other matters applicable to the operation of all classes of radiotelegraph stations. 616 100 75
7 GMDSS radio operating procedures and practices sufficient to show detailed practical knowledge of the operation of all GMDSS sub-systems and equipment. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: general information, narrow band direct printing, INMARSAT, NAVTEX, digital selective calling, and survival craft. 600 100 75
8 Ship radar techniques which include specialized theory and practice applicable to the proper installation, servicing, and maintenance of ship radar equipment in general use for marine navigation purposes. 300 50 38
9 GMDSS Radio Maintenance Practices and Procedures which covers requirements set forth in IMO assembly on Training for Radio Personnel (GMDSS), Annex 5 and IMO Assembly on Radio Maintenance Guidelines for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System related to Sea Areas A3 and A4. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: radio system theory, amplifiers, power sources, troubleshooting, digital theory, and GMDSS equipment and regulations. 250 50 38

About Telegraphy Elements
Element Overview
1 16 code groups per minute.
2

20 code groups per minute.

3 20 code groups per minute.
4 25 code groups per minute.

Telegraphy exams consist of both transmitting and receiving tests. Examinees must copy by ear and send by hand plain text and code groups in the international Morse code using all the letters of the alphabet, numerals 0-9, period, comma, question mark, slant mark, and prosigns AR, BT, and SK. Examinees must copy and send at the required speeds for one continuous minute without making any errors. Each test lasts approximately five minutes. The failing of any code test automatically terminates the examination.

Code speeds are computed using five letters per word or code group. Punctuation symbols and numbers count as two letters each.

Examinees may use their own typewriter to copy the 25 words-per-minute receiving test, but must copy tests at lower speeds by hand. Likewise, examinees may use their own semi-automatic key to send the 25 word-per-minute sending test, but must send tests at lower speeds using a hand key.

The Commission will grant credit for Telegraphy Elements 1 and 2 to applicants who hold an unexpired (or within the grace period) FCC-issued Amateur Extra Class operator license granted before April 15, 2000: Telegraphy Elements 1 and 2. .


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