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ARRL Ham Radio License Manual: All You Need to Become an Amateur Radio Operator Paperback – June 1, 2006
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The technician test is not too technical, no electrical circuits or attenna design type questions. The test is more operating procedure, permitted operating frequencies, permitted wattages and attenna heights.
If you want to stay on the local voice repeaters, packet radio, or internet protocols on the 2m, 1.25m, 70cm and the other permitted bands; a technician's license is all you need.
The way I used them was to read the text, go immediatly to the associated questions in each section and try to answer the questions, and look up the place in the text where the information needed to answer the question was presented and highlight it with a marker. That allowed me to read back through the text material for review and take specific notice of the most relevant points (for test taking purposes) of the material. This made taking the actual exams a cinch. Others say they prefer the Gorden West series' question-oriented teaching style, and maybe it works well for them, but it is hard to argue with the results we have achieved with these ARRL materials, and some bit of the publishing profits will help fund the ARRL, which is a Good Thing.
All the manuals in this series include the printed questions in the current test pool, which is probably a cheaper way to get them on paper to study than printing them on your inkjet or laser printer.
Use this book, along with Gordon West's "Technician Class" book, and you're all set to pass the exam. I passed my exam with flying colors doing just that.
The ARRL Ham License Manual is written in a 'welcome to the club' type manner with most of the information on radios, licensing, and ham radio as a hobby explained farily clearly. Moreover, it contains ALL of the ACTUAL questions in the pool of potential test questions. In other words, if you read the book and work through the questions there will be no surprises on the FCC exam!
This book was used as the text for a two-day ham radio license class I attended. I read the book ahead of time and worked through the test questions at the end of each section. All of the answers are given and linked to chapters in the book if you need to go back and see what you missed.
If you have a background in radio or catch on to technical things easy, this book could easily prepare you to pass the Technician (basic level ham license) without taking a class. Used along with a class or with help from a local ham radio club, this book would help prepare someone with no radio background or little technical experience.
ARRL is the dominant, authoritative amateur radio organization in the US and this book is 'a standard' among hams. It won't make you an expert or explain every technical detail of radio but will help you get your first ham license. At $25 it is a very good value.