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Technician Class 2010-2014 Paperback – April 28, 2010
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I found Gordo's text to be superbly organized, clear, complete, and accurate. He not only taught the test, he taught the radio theory behind the questions. His tips on using the book were spot on and of real use in studying. Most of all, the book was very well written and engaging.
After reading the book and taking the book's tests 2 or 3 times, I sat for the real test. Because of the excellent preparation, I found the test very easy - and passed with only one incorrect answer. And that miss was 100% my fault.
Now I'm eagerly awaiting my Call Sign, so I can start my real education on the 2-Meter band, one that Gordo has prepared me well for. When I start studying for the General license, it will be with a Gordo book.
* Gordon West's book: Gordo's book was the ONLY thing I needed to pass the test. He gives you just the information you need to answer each question on the test, but the book is rather small and provides very little in-depth explanation. Gordo's book also provides an audio CD that is fun to listen to in the car. You can actually hear communications of all sorts, on many bands, and Gordo explains exactly what it's all about. You certainly don't need this to pass the test, but it's fun and interesting to listen to.
* ARRL License Manual: The ARRL book is much larger than Gordo's book and provides significantly more information. It will of course teach you everything you need to know to easily pass the test, but also give you a lot more in-depth (and very interesting) information. I read this book *after* having passed the test using Gordo's book. The AARL book also includes a computer CD which includes practice tests.
* SUMMARY: BOTH books are excellent. Which one you buy is really a matter of how much you want to learn about ham radio. Buy Gordo's book if you just want to pass he test, or buy the ARRL book if you really want to understand a lot about the hobby and pass the test *easily.*
Gordo's style is light, fun and makes learning the various topics easy and accessible for all different age groups. This particular edition also includes an audio CD where Gordon shares different sounds of live radio transmissions using Aurora propagation, short skip, etc. The CD offers another manner in which content can be assimilated and would be especially helpful for kids learning the question pool and concepts required for the Technican Class FCC Element 2 License.
I have also used the Ham Radio License Manual with CD (Arrl Ham Radio License Manual) and while the ARRL manual is bigger and a bit more academic and perhaps intimidating, Gordo presents his material in a friendly and non-intimidating way. As a matter of fact, one of our local clubs uses Gordo as the main text. The book provides something for everyone. It's a great start for getting your ticket into the great world of Ham Radio.
5 Stars to Gordo!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, it was a very good book while it lasted, so I'm sure the updated version is also very good!Published 1 day ago by B. Fowler
My 14-year-old decided to become licensed, just like me! This was the study guide recommended by the QRZ site. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Barefoot In NC
I actually read the book from cover to cover and passed the exam on the first time around.Published 2 months ago by Brian E. Payne
Passed!! This was for my husband and now he has his license!Published 8 months ago by SHANNON YODER