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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2010
Gordon West's Technician Class is the book I used to prepare for my Technician Test. This is the process suggested to me, and it worked. I read the question and answers, read the correct answer and explanation , then highlighted the correct answer. Went through the entire question pool once, then went to a sample test site, such as [...]and started taking sample tests until I could consistently passed the exam. GOOD TESTING.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2010
After becoming interested in an amateur han radio license, I researched instruction information. Gordon West has written numerous technical books on this subject so I ordered his Technician Class 2010-2014 manual. It is easily understood and informative. It has all the questions and the answers for the test that has to be taken to become an licensed amateur ham radio operator. This is the second manual written by Gordon West I have bought and I have enjoyed both. It was promptly shipped with a reasonable shipping rate.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2012
I bought this book to study for the entry level Technician class Ham license. After doing some research online I found all the test questions for free. While studying them for a week I found that just knowing the answer wasn't helping me learn the material. After looking at dozens of books I settled on this one. This book gives you the why behind the answer making learning quicker and more fun.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2012
I've long thought about becoming a Ham. Never got the "Round-Tuit". However, with motivation from the Ham Nation podcast and being "volunteered" for the disaster response team at work, it was time to get my license. Gordon West's book came highly recommended.

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.

73s!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2013
If you're unsure if you should buy the Gordon West or AARL ham radio license books, here is my take:
* 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.*
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
I am very pleased with my Gordon West book very informative & entertaining as well. Has kept me focused and God willing will take my test on May 26.I am one month shy of 66 birthday BUT ITS NEVER TO LATE TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Best Regards

Old Nick
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
We need more Ham Radio operators now more than ever before. With that in mind, it's important to have many types of learning tools available for all types of learning styles. Gordon West "Gordo" really knows how to take the topics required to get the first "ticket" to become a Ham Radio operator - that of a Technician - and keep it within reach.

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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2011
This book was the main material I used to study for my Technician Class license. In less than 30 days I was able to pass the test with 35/35 perfect score. The explanations for the questions were just the right level of detail for me - however I have a EE degree. Some people would probably find some of the added reference material suggested in the book useful. The only negative comment is the word 'exciting' is overused. If I go for my general class I would definitely use this author's book for that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2011
This gets the job done quickly and efficiently: it'll help you ace the test. Well, I haven't taken the test yet but when I do next week I have little doubt I'll ace it (maybe miss one if I'm sloppy). My only concern is waking up on time on a Saturday morning. An old ham radio intro I got at my local library gave the sage advice: "study for the exam", pass the test first so you can start operating, then you'll have plenty of time to really master all the knowledge at your leisure. That old book from 20 years ago recommended Gordon West back in the day, so I was happy to find West is still teaching.

And sure enough this current tech-class book fits the bill. Go ahead and start building your library if you can, but if your objective is to get licensed with minimum time and money, this book and some free online resources are all you need. First thing you'll realize thanks to Gordon West is that the multiple choice test is frankly pretty easy. No doubt many people could come in cold off the street and pass it based on prior general knowledge, prudent exam-reading common sense, and a few lucky guesses. But definitely a good read-through of West's book, some note taking, some study time, and a look at arrl.org's online exam resources will get it done. Total cost of this book plus your licensing exam: $35.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2011
I have always wanted my amateur radio license and have studied on and off over the years using different materials. ARRL has a book called "Now You're Talking" which I found rather dull. It had more test style answers while Gordon's Technical class book was more informal and had real world applications that made the information stick in my head a little easier than the stated facts in the ARRL book. Actually, I would recommend both for learning. One as a light-hearted approach and one as a fact checker. Gordon's book explained better why the rules and regulations are as they are. Overall, an excellent choice to get started with and it worked well as I passed my exam.
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