The FCC code test
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STOP press. The FCC have now dropped the Morse code requirement for all license classes. However, CW (Morse transmissions) are still permitted on the amateur bands and you might like to take the simulated tests offered by NuCode to help you in learning the code.
The 5 WPM code test standard calls for Farnsworth code. The required character speed is 13-15 WPM with extra pauses between characters to give an overall speed equivalent to 5 WPM. The ARRL has indicated that a character speed of 15 WPM should be the standard for tests.
The recommended audio tone to be used is 750 Hz.
The test format will be as follows:
The examiner will send, or play from tape, a typical US amateur radio transmission lasting for about one minute. The transmission will contain station callsigns and other information such as names and locations. The transmission will always contain the following characters:
All of the letters of the alphabet.
All of the numbers.
The following punctuation symbols and prosigns:
Prosign [AR] often displayed as + in computer based systems
Prosign [SK] often displayed as * in computer based systems
Prosign [BT] often displayed as = in computer based systems
Prosign [DN]often displayed as / in computer based systems
(This is a total of 43 different characters.)
You will be expected to copy the transmission using pencil/paper and at the end of the transmission you will be given some time to clean up your notes.
After the code has finished you will be required to:
a) Successfully answer seven out of ten questions in a “fill-in-the-blanks” style test.
b) In your notes have correctly copied 25 consecutive characters.