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The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Paperback – May 15, 2014
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I am often approached by people interested in getting a license but who really don't know why. Ham radio is a broad hobby with many different areas of interest. I think that this book also does a good job of introducing that to somebody who is new to the hobby.
Make sure that you get the right edition of any study manual. The tests are updated every four years. This edition (3d) is designed for use July 2014-June 2018.
FWIW, I used this book for self-training and got 100% correct on the exam November 8, 2014. No previous amateur radio experience and never took a ham class.
The training material is geared toward the beginner without being condescending. All topics are explained simply and completely. Excellent graphics -- lots of tables, charts, photographs, and line drawings. For that reason, I'd recommend buying the paperback instead of the Kindle version. As much as I love my e-Ink Kindle, this is the sort of book that is better in paper and in a large format. If you want the Kindle version, use a Kindle app on a large computer screen, not a phone or small tablet.
Table of Contents for the course material -- Radio and Signals Fundamentals; Electricity, Components, and Circuits; Propagation, Antennas, and Feed Lines; Amateur Radio Equipment; Communicating With Other Hams; Licensing Regulations; Operating Regulations; and Safety.
There are only 35 questions on the Technician test and Morse code is not required. Anyone who mastered the material in this book could pass the test without any difficulty. There is minimal math in the test and this book will teach you all you need.
After each piece of training, the text refers the reader to the relevant questions in the question pool at the back of the book. It encourages you to master each little "bite-sized" piece before moving on, which helps to build your confidence in your ability to master the material. In addition there is a a link to book-specific online supplementary material on the arrl.org website.
One advantage of this book over the competing books is that it teaches the concepts rather than just how to pass the test. I found that valuable when taking the test. I did not need to worry about memorizing arcane material because I actually understood the concepts. That really helped to eliminate any test anxiety.
Finally, the book teaches how hams operate on the air. Once you pass the test, you will feel much more comfortable getting on the air with your new Technician "ticket."
Amazon's pricing is better than the ARRL website and with Prime shipping, you can't beat it.
The book is excellent. Highly recommended.
I have no previous HAM experience and have not used other training materials. I studied the book for about two weeks. On December 14, 2015 I passed my HAM Technician exam.
The book is divided into 10 chapters;Radio and Signals Fundamentals; Electricity, Components, and Circuits; Propagation, Antennas, and Feed Lines; Amateur Radio Equipment; Communicating With Other Hams; Licensing Regulations; Operating Regulations; and Safety.
Each chapter covers the material in an easy to understand format, great for beginners. It also mentions exam questions that are specific to that section.
At the end of each chapter you have the actual exam questions to practice with. The book encourages you to master each section individually, take the practice exam, then move on to the next one. I started from zero, covering about a chapter every day.
The material covered in the book is not just geared towards the exam. Even after passing my exam, I find myself going back to the book, It makes a great reference and I highly recommend it.
Lastly, when you order yours, I would recommend the paper copy. It seems a little more useful than the kindle edition.
Please make sure you order the right version. At the time of this review that would be the third edition.
I HIGHLY recommend getting the book AND signing up for the course. You Technician's license is really just a permit to learn. When you get your ticket, get a "shack" set up, THAT'S when you begin to learn.
The site is superior for passing the test. The book is unbeatable in teaching you the actual concepts.
There are free, basically, online courses out there. But this one is so easy to learn from. It know, and keeps track of, how you are doing, and in what areas you need help. Adaptive simulated tests, standings amongst other students, etc etc...
I have NO affiliation with hamtestonline.com other than 10/15/2016 took and passed my Extra Class license exam. 67(ish) hours total study time for all 3. Oh, it also keeps track of your learning time. Used the course to pass all three.
My wife (and one son) is now using this (and the site) to go for her Technician license.