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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Master Publishing; Fifth edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094505355X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945053552
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gordon West, WB6NOA, is the leading ham radio instructor in America. He was named "Instructor of the Year" by the ARRL, and is a fellow the Radio Club of America.

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Now, to be fair, this book is about passing the exam.
Peter S. Lee
Going through it I gained a great understanding of the material and techniques used when I took the test and passed!
Flier_guy
I've studied for all of my ham radio exams using Gordon West's books.
M. Winek

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vince on August 7, 2008
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As always, Gordon West presents the exam material in a fun manner that makes learning much more enjoyable. I've used his books along with online practtice exams to obtain my Tech and General class tickets. I was able to ace the General class exam (didn't miss any) without any trouble.

Use Gordo's advice presented in his books along with online practice exams and you'll have no problem at all passing the real exams.

Vince, W5JAZ
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Brewer on April 26, 2010
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The book is well organized and does a good job covering many aspects needed for an understanding of the material and not just the answers; however, some topics were not covered leaving the reader to use other references to understand the subject matter. In comparison, the ARRL Extra Class study manual goes real deep on many, if not all, subject matter; becoming somewhat less of a study guide and taking more time to navigate the questions. I'm satisfied with this book and would buy it again if I had to do it over again. I can appreciate the ARRL book, it is definitely more detailed. I'd say that between the two books the decision is based on how long you want to take to study for your Extra Class exam. For the "one month or less" study guide/review approach, this book (Gordon West) is perfect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Levine on November 22, 2008
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I've used the Gordon West prep books and audio cds to pass my Technician, General and just yesterday my Extra class license exam. The organization of the material, a little in depth description as well as the tricks to help remember some of the answers allowed me to pass all tests with flying colors!

If you're having trouble comprehending any of the material, want additional reinforcement as you go through the book, or learn better hearing vs reading, I'd suggest also purchasing the audio CDs. The audio CDs follow the exact structure of the book. I listened to them many times as I commuted to work and you become very familiar with the questions and answers to the point where you hear the question, you can say the answer. The audio CDs also offer additional hints on remembering some of the answers and verbal explanations on solving the math problems in the Extra exam. "Gordo" is very enthusiastic on the audio tapes and makes learning the material pretty painless.

It's nice to walk into the exam sessions feeling confident that you know the material and will have no problem passing the test.

73 and see you on the air,
K2DSL - David
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Palomar on October 1, 2008
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Gordo makes it fun to pursue your extra class ticket. I was able to obtain my technician and general class licenses after four weeks of part time studying and listening to Gordo's audio CDs during my commute. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter S. Lee on July 9, 2012
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First off: The question pool for this book expired at the end of June 2012! I'm sure an updated version is either out or coming out...buy that one and not this one! I got the book shortly before the question pool expired. I had already begun to study a bit...until my fellow Amateur Radio Club members told me to get this book instead. I studied, studied, studied...and was able to pass the Extra exam in about 3 weeks. Now, to be fair, this book is about passing the exam. It *will* teach you a lot of the information...but clearly the focus is to pass the exam. For my tech and general licenses I learned everything. For this, I learned a lot of it, but there were parts that I would probably never use so I did use the guide to get me past those parts. What I discovered was that along the way, I learned far more than I expected!

I highly recommend this series of books (assuming the other licensing books are like this one...I've never used the Gordon West books until now). Just be sure to get the updated version for the new question pool (that began July 1, 2012).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Winek on February 21, 2012
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I just passed my Element 4 Extra Class exam. I've studied for all of my ham radio exams using Gordon West's books. His explanations and memory techniques work. If you don't have too much reading time but spend a lot of time commuting (like I do), you will also want to pick up the audio preparation CDs (Extra Class Audio Theory Course for 2008-12 FCC License Exam).

The one thing about Gordo's books is that they don't go into too much detail about electrical or radio theory. For that, pick up the ARRL's Extra Class License Manual (The ARRL Extra Class License Manual with CD-ROM (Arrl Extra Class License Manual for the Radio Amateur)). It will give you far more information than you need, but it's a good compliment to Gordo's study materials.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flier_guy on February 14, 2012
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This is a most helpful book. Going through it I gained a great understanding of the material and techniques used when I took the test and passed! This will get you the Extra Class License.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave on May 14, 2011
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Book arrived on time. It is a short version without all of the details in the ARRL books. Much easier to learn from.
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