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Version: 2007A Revised January 2009


Your own Study Course

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Test yourself with Sample Exam Papers

Purpose: To help New Zealand residents to become Radio Amateurs.

YOUR GOAL: To get a New Zealand Amateur Radio Licence

Method: Self-study! In your own time - at your own pace

Summary: This GUIDE was first launched in January 2000. This version includes questions revised for the licensing requirements arising from the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001 and Amendments.

It is still under development. New versions may appear from time-to-time.

The NZART web page at will announce the details.

You can order this Study Guide and other study items by mail or fax: Order Form

This Study Guide covers the topics for the New Zealand Amateur Radio Examination.

Thirty and more packages of Study Notes are here for your guidance

Click on Control Panel Choose a topic and CLICK

Start anywhere you wish! Work on-screen or print what you require

Test Questions: Each Study Notes package is linked to exact copies of questions from the official New Zealand Amateur Radio Examination Question Bank.


Use the QUESTION link to open the Question Page for the topic you have selected.

Use the STUDY NOTES link to open the Study Notes page for the selected topic.

Use your browser's BACK and FORWARD buttons to move back and forward.

Please note that you have the choice of Questions WITH answers, or Questions WITHOUT answers.

You can set up to display them as you wish.

Test yourself against the actual questions you will get in the examination.

Plan your own course! Jot down the answers to the various questions - then check against the listed answers.

Some useful facilities for viewing these pages are:

Control+Home Will take you to the TOP of the document you are viewing.

Control+End Will take you to the bottom of the document you are viewing.

Control+F5 Will refresh your document.

Control+F Opens SEARCH for the page you are viewing. Type in your search word (Remember: F = Find.)

And of course, Page Up & Page Down


This GUIDE: The Study Notes provide background to the topics contained in the examination. They are in summary form. They are compressed. This Guide does not pretend to be a complete text for radio and electronics. The intention is to provide enough background to answer the questions.

The examination questions are limited in what they cover. Additional material is added in some places in this GUIDE to be sure that you know about things that should be known by radio amateurs but which are not examined.

Categories to Study

There are 30 separate topics in the Syllabus for the New Zealand Amateur Radio Examination. Syllabus

There are 30 Study Notes in this STUDY GUIDE with some Supplementary Notes too.

A Control Panel is provided. From there you can steer your way through your study programme. Control Panel

For convenience, some short topics, such as the multiples and submultiples of electrical units, are covered in more than one place in these Study Notes.


Supplementary Study Notes

Supplementary Study Notes: Mixers Signals Resistor Colour Code and others, outline the operation of the various signal modes used by radio amateurs - amplitude modulation, single-sideband, frequency modulation, CW (Morse code), and more.

The Study Notes and the Questions can be printed - on paper - by you for study purposes. You can scribble your own additional notes on your paper and continue your studies while away from your computer! Use copy-and-paste and transfer specific items to your wordprocessor for printing.



There are many types and versions of browser. This GUIDE was developed in Internet Explorer using an 800 x 600 pixel display and a 1024 x 768 pixel display. It may show quite different screen layouts with other browsers! Go to: | View | Text Size | and set the Text Size to Medium.

Use your regular web browser to run this Study Guide. Try it.


To start the GUIDE, use Windows Explorer and go to the Folder containing the files for this Study Guide: AMATEUR RADIO STUDY GUIDE. Click on the shortcut labelled AMATEUR RADIO STUDY GUIDE.

The shortcut AMATEUR RADIO STUDY GUIDE can be copied to your desk-top using the usual Windows Explorer copy-and-paste procedure with the right mouse button:

Put your cursor on the shortcut file: AMATEUR RADIO STUDY GUIDE. Press your RIGHT mouse button then click on Copy.

Go to your Desk-Top and click anywhere with the RIGHT mouse button. Then click on Paste.

You can now run this STUDY GUIDE at any time - direct from your Desk-Top - by clicking on the STUDY GUIDE icon.

To set up from the Desktop, use the Right Mouse Button, go | NEW | Shortcut | then follow the instructions, select All Files in the box, then the provided shortcut listed AMATEUR RADIO STUDY GUIDE.

Try a larger Screen Area - for easier viewing

Remove distracting clutter from your screen. The F11 key on some browsers toggles between two screen sizes - try it.

Some browsers provide a Full Screen facility. Go to | View | and try it.

Start where you wish

Start this series of studies where you wish. Start with something you already know.

Don't be put off by things new to you! It will all become clear as your study progresses. Please be regular with your studies. IT IS FUN

Additional Study Resources

Useful TUTORIAL NOTES can be downloaded from the NZART web site:  TUTORIAL NOTES  These can be printed off and carried in your pocket for study-when-you-can. They are summarised notes covering the total content of the examination database.

These Study Notes are only a GUIDE. You are recommended to refer to and to read Amateur Radio books during your studies. Suggestions for supplementary reading are found in the Book List. Book List


Some Sample Test Papers

When you think that you are ready for the examination, try some sample TEST PAPERS to simulate the examination conditions.

Click here for details:    and Test Papers 

Good Luck

Reports: Comments and suggestions for changes and improvements to this Study Guide are appreciated.

Please send them to: Fred Johnson ZL2AMJ, Thank you

Please note: Every effort has been taken to make this STUDY GUIDE as accurate and as complete as possible. We're still working on it! The information is provided on a free as is basis. The compilers have prepared this information in good faith and accept no responsibility to any person or entity for any outcomes. Your feedback will help us to improve it.


Further details about NZART can be obtained from the web at  NZART. There are several categories of NZART membership which include Transmitting and Non-Transmitting. Anyone interested in radio can join. E-mail enquiries to will bring details about NZART Membership. On-line details about  Joining NZART - Membership has advantages.
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