- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: The W5YI Group; 7th edition (April 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945053622
- ISBN-13: 978-0945053620
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 153 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book makes studying for your FCC entry-level Technician Class license easy and fun. Gordon's memorable answer explanations include high-lighted key words. The Q&A are reorganized into 20 logical topic groups making it easy to understand the real world of ham radio to help you get on thei air once you earn your license. --Editor
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Gordon West has been a ham for more than 50 years, holding the top Extra Class license, call sign WB6NOA. Named "Instructor of the Year" by the ARRL, and 2006 Amateur of the Year by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association.
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* 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.*
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.
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!
Even more than the info given, he has a way of getting us out of a very common problem we all surely have as new HAMs: actually pressing the button AFTER you've passed. See? He's so sure this book will get you a call sign that he already gets you ready to use your rig(s). This doesn't go very deep into more advanced subjects you'll come across, but it's not suppose to either as that can be overwhelming. Those are best left to explore as you prep for the General classes and beyond.
I disregarded some of his great advice and kinda regret it. I swore I was sharp enough to skip the highly suggested 2m handhelds as a new HAM and found myself eventually picking one up as it really is the way to go starting off. Actually, everything I ignored in both Tech and General books I eventually had troubles with. Doh, Gordo was right!
If you're picking this book up I highly suggest Gordon West's General Class book, "Heil Ham Radio Handbook" 2nd Edition, and the "ARRL Antenna Book" 22nd Edition (Editions as of this posting). I just believe most of us will find Technician Class so basic that we're wanting more quite soon after getting a call sign and on the air. Gordon West and friends also have a weekly video show/netcast/podcast called "Ham Nation" and invite you to join the fun to go with your new and exciting hobby!