- Series: Arrl Ham Radio License Manual
- Publisher: Amer Radio Relay League; 2nd Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0872590976
- ISBN-13: 978-0872590977
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 361 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since the telegraphy requirement was dropped (in 2000 for the Technican class license and in 2007 for all licenses)---the only thing that stands between you and an amateur radio license is a 35-question, multiple choice exam. The exam questions are drawn from a pool of over 350 prospective questions in the following areas:
T1 FCC Rules
T2 Operating Procedures
T3 Radio Wave Characteristics and Propogation
T4 Amateur Radio Practices
T5 Electrical Principles
T6 Electical components, semiconductors, circuit diagrams, component functions
T7 Station equipment
T8 Modulation modes, amateur satellite operations, operating activities, non-voice communications
T9 Antennas and feedlines
A technical whiz can breeze through T5 and T6--but other sections deal with law (T1) and common operating practices (T2)--details that cannot be deduced from fundamental principles...so virtually everyone is going to need to bone up on some of the material to successfully pass the exam.
This book is terrific. It contains all of the questions (and answers) in the current pool (valid until June 2014). The book is logically organized to walk through the various relevant aspects of amateur radio and along the way provides detailed answers to every question in the pool.
Also included is a chapter offering guidance on setting up your first station.
As a bonus, there is a CD ROM with a Windows Application that will generate sample exams or will let you work your way through all of the questions in the pool providing instant feedback (including background material).
A terrific book that covers the subject admirably.
* 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 gives 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 the test, or buy the ARRL book if you really want to understand a lot about the hobby and pass the test *easily.*
Note that while all of the questions and answers for the three different amateur radio license classes are freely available on the Internet, some prefer to study from a hardcopy book; if so, then this is for you.
The book is very methodical and thorough and explains not only what you need to know for the exam but gives you a little more information to better understand the topics.
Every section of the book references the questions it addresses and I must agree, it is not the most convenient way since the questions in the appendix are not in the order as they are listed in the text.
Regardless, once you study the book you'll know more than is needed to pass the technician exam and to get your license.
Also, keep in mind that the questions get updated every few years and you need to get the latest version of the book, otherwise the question pool for the exam will be different.
Again, let the Buyer Beware