On 2018 July 1, the FCC's question pool for the Technician class license will be changing.

Has anyone written up a summary of the updates or made a list of differences from the previous pool? What are the most significant changes I should be aware of when helping prospective hams study for the test?

I found the new question pool at http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=369 and it includes some errata notes but as far as I can tell they are edits made from earlier drafts of the new pool rather than differences from the old.

  • $\begingroup$ Usually, this type of question is answered on arrl.org. Have you tried there? $\endgroup$ May 21, 2018 at 23:52

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There's a decent summary here.

  • $\begingroup$ That link shows the differences between the current pool (January) and the pool before that in 2017. I think the OP wanted the differences between the current pool and the new one that will be released in July. $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2018 at 19:18
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    $\begingroup$ There's a new pool once every 4 years. The new pool goes live in July 2018. So my link is correct. $\endgroup$
    – mike65535
    Jun 4, 2018 at 19:24
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I didn't read far enough down the page. Upvote. $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2018 at 23:10
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    $\begingroup$ Yep, link is correct and helpful — I'm only hesitant to mark as the accepted answer since StackExchange encourages "self-contained" answers. [Maybe a mod could link to that guideline?] $\endgroup$ Jun 5, 2018 at 6:50
  • $\begingroup$ Re: self-contained Understood. $\endgroup$
    – mike65535
    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:57

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