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SUBELEMENT T8 – Emergency and Public Service Communications – 3 exam questions – 3 groups
T8A FCC declarations of an emergency, use of non-amateur equipment and frequencies, use of equipment by unlicensed persons, tactical call signs.
What information is included in an FCC declaration of a temporary state of communication emergency?
Under what conditions are amateur stations allowed to communicate with stations operating in other radio services?
What should you do if you are in contact with another station and an emergency call is heard?
What are the restrictions on amateur radio communications after the FCC has declared a communications emergency?
What is one reason for using tactical call signs such as "command post" or "weather center" during an emergency?
What is legally required to restrict a frequency to emergency-only communication?
Who has the exclusive use of a frequency if the FCC has not declared a communication emergency?
What should you do if you hear someone reporting an emergency?
What is an appropriate way to initiate an emergency call on amateur radio?
What are the penalties for making a false emergency call?

What type of communications has priority at all times in the Amateur Radio Service?
When must priority be given to stations providing emergency communications?

T8B Preparation for emergency operations, RACES/ARES, safety of life and property, using ham radio at civic events, compensation prohibited.
What can you do to be prepared for an emergency situation where your assistance might be needed?
When may you use your amateur station to transmit a "SOS" or "MAYDAY" signal?
What is the primary function of RACES in relation to emergency activities?
What is the primary function of ARES in relation to emergency activities?
What organization must you register with before you can participate in RACES activities?
What is necessary before you can join an ARES group?
What could be used as an alternate source of power to operate radio equipment during emergencies?
When can you use non-amateur frequencies or equipment to call for help in a situation involving immediate danger to life or property?
Why should casual conversation between stations during a public service event be avoided?
What should you do if a reporter asks to use your amateur radio transceiver to make a news report?
When can you use a modified amateur radio transceiver to transmit on the local fire department frequency?
T8C Net operations, responsibilities of the net control station, message handling, interfacing with public safety officials.
Which type of traffic has the highest priority?
What type of messages should not be transmitted over amateur radio frequencies during emergencies?
What should you do to minimize disruptions to an emergency traffic net once you have checked in?
What is one thing that must be included when passing emergency messages?
What is one way to reduce the chances of casual listeners overhearing sensitive emergency traffic?
What is of primary importance for a net control station?
What should the net control station do if someone breaks in with emergency traffic?
What should you do if a large scale emergency has just occurred and no net control station is available?
What is the preamble of a message?
What is meant by the term "check" in reference to a message?
What is the recommended guideline for the maximum number of words to be included in the text of an emergency message?