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All You Need to Become an Amateur Radio Operator! Discover the excitement of ham radio. The Amateur Radio Service offers a unique mix of public service, technology and experimenting with electronics all with an emphasis on fun. Some hams use their skills to provide communications during emergencies and disasters when all else fails. Others enjoy talking to people across the All You Need to Become an Amateur Radio Operator! Discover the excitement of ham radio. The Amateur Radio Service offers a unique mix of public service, technology and experimenting with electronics all with an emphasis on fun. Some hams use their skills to provide communications during emergencies and disasters when all else fails. Others enjoy talking to people across the country and around the globe, participating in local contests and building experiments. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual will guide you as you get started in the hobby as you select your equipment, set-up your first station and make your first contact. Easy-to-understand bite-sized sections. Use this book, and pass the 35-question Technician Class license test. Includes the latest question pool with answer key, for use through June 30, 2018. NEW! Use with ARRL s online Exam Review for Ham Radio. Designed for self-study and for classroom use. Intended for all newcomers, instructors and schoolteachers. Use this book to study for your license exam. Every page presents information you will need to pass the exam and become an effective operator. You'll cover small sections at a time: Welcome to Amateur Radio Radio and Signals Fundamentals Electricity, Components, and Circuits Propagation, Antennas, and Feed Lines Amateur Radio Equipment Communicating With Other Hams Licensing Regulations Operating Regulations Safety At the end of the book, you'll find the entire Technician Question Pool. NEW FEATURE: Online Review and Practice Exams. As you complete each chapter of this book, use ARRL's online Exam Review for Ham Radio to help prepare you for exam day. This web-based service uses the question pool to construct chapter-by-chapter reviews. Once you've finished this book, use the online service to take practice exams with the same number and variety of questions that you'll encounter on exam day. You won't have any surprises on exam day!


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All You Need to Become an Amateur Radio Operator! Discover the excitement of ham radio. The Amateur Radio Service offers a unique mix of public service, technology and experimenting with electronics all with an emphasis on fun. Some hams use their skills to provide communications during emergencies and disasters when all else fails. Others enjoy talking to people across the All You Need to Become an Amateur Radio Operator! Discover the excitement of ham radio. The Amateur Radio Service offers a unique mix of public service, technology and experimenting with electronics all with an emphasis on fun. Some hams use their skills to provide communications during emergencies and disasters when all else fails. Others enjoy talking to people across the country and around the globe, participating in local contests and building experiments. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual will guide you as you get started in the hobby as you select your equipment, set-up your first station and make your first contact. Easy-to-understand bite-sized sections. Use this book, and pass the 35-question Technician Class license test. Includes the latest question pool with answer key, for use through June 30, 2018. NEW! Use with ARRL s online Exam Review for Ham Radio. Designed for self-study and for classroom use. Intended for all newcomers, instructors and schoolteachers. Use this book to study for your license exam. Every page presents information you will need to pass the exam and become an effective operator. You'll cover small sections at a time: Welcome to Amateur Radio Radio and Signals Fundamentals Electricity, Components, and Circuits Propagation, Antennas, and Feed Lines Amateur Radio Equipment Communicating With Other Hams Licensing Regulations Operating Regulations Safety At the end of the book, you'll find the entire Technician Question Pool. NEW FEATURE: Online Review and Practice Exams. As you complete each chapter of this book, use ARRL's online Exam Review for Ham Radio to help prepare you for exam day. This web-based service uses the question pool to construct chapter-by-chapter reviews. Once you've finished this book, use the online service to take practice exams with the same number and variety of questions that you'll encounter on exam day. You won't have any surprises on exam day!

30 review for The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    First things first. I passed my technician exam! Thanks to this book? Hmm partially. I've taken many certification exams. From Comptia A+, Network+, Linux+, to Cisco's CCENT, and CCNA as well as a couple of others, I'm not stranger to exams. So when I read that the *actual* test answers are covered here, I was scratching my head... I really though this book was offering cheated material, or material that surely must be against the license agreement? Nope, the exam unlike those others I've taken First things first. I passed my technician exam! Thanks to this book? Hmm partially. I've taken many certification exams. From Comptia A+, Network+, Linux+, to Cisco's CCENT, and CCNA as well as a couple of others, I'm not stranger to exams. So when I read that the *actual* test answers are covered here, I was scratching my head... I really though this book was offering cheated material, or material that surely must be against the license agreement? Nope, the exam unlike those others I've taken is more to encourage people to take it...They actually *want* you to pass it. Strange feeling. Anywho, the ARRL manual's layout leaves something to be desired. While the topics presented are clear and decently comprehensive, I found myself flipping back and forth annoying. They do indeed have the questions written down in one section, but the answers are literally scattered through out the book. And each question's answer doesn't just say the answer, (A , B , C , or D) you have to look up the code of the question and find it in the book . This gets annoying when you want to just sort of go through the questions for quick review. Another major complaint I have about the book is that there is no index. I mean this exam and topic has a lot of new termonolgy as well as topics that can bleed into other topics. So find specific topics can lead to a lot of searching. While the book does include a glossary which is nice, there's no index to bring you to the page that you want. The navigation aspect of the book needs a lot of work. That being said the actual material of the book is fantastic. In fact the book goes into more detail ( a good amount more) than what is required for the Technician level exam. This book, if they wanted to, could have been maybe 1/3rd the size if they left out all of the "non relevant" material. But I'm sure glad as hell they didn't! Honestly one of the major reasons why I wanted my license was due to my interest in antenna and waves and the more physic's principles behind the topics. (The chapter on propagation really tickled me) So if anything, if the idea of that sort of stuff interests you as well, then I do recommend this book. I learned stuff that wasn't even on the technician exam! I will add to my above comment with this though. It was definitely NOT the only resource I used. There's a very good reason why I have an audible account (audio books). I find it difficult to have time to do a lot of reading. So in general 99% of the books and information I read throughout the year is done via Audio books. Unfortunaely THIS particular book isn't on Audible, so I had to find an alternative. (For those interested: http://www.audible.com/pd/Science-Tec...) And it turned out, that audio book is a great mate to the ARRL manual. So I used both in conjunction as well as a hand full of youtube training videos. But the core of my studies was done through the book here. And I'd venture to say that despite the bad layout design, the book should be your base of reference. If you need to dispute something you read online, or hear on youtube from amatuer videos... return to the ARRL book, it's straight from the horses mouth so to speak. Worth the money and good luck on your own exams!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Read the book, and got licensed. WE4NUB

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vheissu

    This is an exam preparation text that provides detailed scientific explanations and mathematics for radio operators, unlike Gordon West’s Technician Class 2014-2018 book, which is a straightforward exam prep. West’s book has other useful features that the ARRL manual doesn't, like an index. Both have glossaries, but neither includes page numbers for specific key terms. Both books are intended for Technician licenses, which is to say beginners (me). Other materials are available separately for This is an exam preparation text that provides detailed scientific explanations and mathematics for radio operators, unlike Gordon West’s Technician Class 2014-2018 book, which is a straightforward exam prep. West’s book has other useful features that the ARRL manual doesn't, like an index. Both have glossaries, but neither includes page numbers for specific key terms. Both books are intended for Technician licenses, which is to say beginners (me). Other materials are available separately for General and Amateur Extra licensing privileges. Both include verbatim questions from the FCC exam, along with answers, but the FCC test bank will change after June 30, 2018, so students will have to wait for the next edition of the texts for updated questions. I read the ARRL manual first and thought I learned a lot. Then, I read Gordo's book and realized how little I knew based on the other text. I don't know if it would be better to read one before the other, but a serious student should probably want to read and study both books. Wish me luck on my written exam!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    I missed the Golden Age of Radio, and my friends all look at me a little funny when I tell them I got my ham radio license. But there's something cool about being able to reach out -- no wires, no routers -- and hit another radio. You can get your ham license the 'cheap' way, like I did for my Technician, and just memorize all the test answers. Or you can do it the 'real' way, like I'm hoping to for my General, and actually learn the principles. This book will help with either goal. KI4ZHB, out. I missed the Golden Age of Radio, and my friends all look at me a little funny when I tell them I got my ham radio license. But there's something cool about being able to reach out -- no wires, no routers -- and hit another radio. You can get your ham license the 'cheap' way, like I did for my Technician, and just memorize all the test answers. Or you can do it the 'real' way, like I'm hoping to for my General, and actually learn the principles. This book will help with either goal. KI4ZHB, out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    This is THE book to get for passing the FCC Technician class amateur radio license. The final section of the book is the actual 400+ multiple choice question test pool, from which 35 questions are selected for the actual test. The test questions are cross-referenced by page number to the material in the book, in case you need further study. The book is a great introduction to the world of ham radio, and I still use it as a reference. I passed the test the first time (after studying this book for This is THE book to get for passing the FCC Technician class amateur radio license. The final section of the book is the actual 400+ multiple choice question test pool, from which 35 questions are selected for the actual test. The test questions are cross-referenced by page number to the material in the book, in case you need further study. The book is a great introduction to the world of ham radio, and I still use it as a reference. I passed the test the first time (after studying this book for about a month) so I'm giving it 5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    Put on your tighty whiteys and your tinfoil caps! It's time to learn about HAM radio! Ohm's Law, variable frequency oscillators, yagi antennas! Alpha tango zero bravo foxtrot. You too can join the ranks of on-the-air nerds, just like Me. Meet me on 2M, 146.460. Over and out. Put on your tighty whiteys and your tinfoil caps! It's time to learn about HAM radio! Ohm's Law, variable frequency oscillators, yagi antennas! Alpha tango zero bravo foxtrot. You too can join the ranks of on-the-air nerds, just like Me. Meet me on 2M, 146.460. Over and out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    R.B. Nease

    Good information but seems like a lot to learn just to operate a radio legally. I can understand not letting anyone just transmit to transmit but there really isnt a lot of people in the hobby much any more to have to know so much about all the ins and outs of HAM radio. However that being said this book does cover almost all you would ever need or want to know about HAM radio and it is very well written.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam Saltman

    The "Industry Standard" Very well written, easy to understand. I am a first phones (first class radiotelephone license holder) and accustomed to running a commercial radio station, but always wanted to be a ham. Although some of the material was repetitive, I was surprised at how much was new to me. The "Industry Standard" Very well written, easy to understand. I am a first phones (first class radiotelephone license holder) and accustomed to running a commercial radio station, but always wanted to be a ham. Although some of the material was repetitive, I was surprised at how much was new to me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    This book came in very handy when studying for the Technician class amateur radio exam. I highly recommend this book because it helps the reader learn the topics instead of just simply memorizing questions contained in the test pool. I learned a lot, and passed the Technician test!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Dill

    Excellent manual. As opposed to some of the "quick routes" that are available to aid with passing your Technician license, you'll actually learn the concepts of amateur radio so you can be a better operator. And I just passed my Technician exam, so I can say it works. 🙂 Excellent manual. As opposed to some of the "quick routes" that are available to aid with passing your Technician license, you'll actually learn the concepts of amateur radio so you can be a better operator. And I just passed my Technician exam, so I can say it works. 🙂

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This is a text book for the Technician class license exam. I found it very technical and difficult to understand. The concepts were not presented in an understandable way. I used the HamStudy app to pass the exam.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Lomnicki,

    Having read this textbook, I understand what is on the ham radio test. I hope to take the test, but want to speak with and see a base station in operation first. The reason I became interested in becoming licensed is to be able to operate my scanner in a moving vehicle.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    A very informative and useful book if you're studying for your Technician exam. A very informative and useful book if you're studying for your Technician exam.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Z

    Lots of good information for self-study for the Level 1 - Technician exam.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jon Raether

    Boring to study. Kinda like a textbook. I do feel it helped me to become prepared for the test along with the video training from YouTube!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Kubes

    Great guide! Passed easily.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Restrepo

    Passed the exam

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    The text used in conjunction with ARRL's website gave me all the necessary information to pass the Technician exam. The text was clear in its presentation of material. Having "Elmer from the local Amateur Radio Club was an added benefit. The internet based system at GCC for this course (WFD522) was also very useful. I feel that the text and ARRL website would be enough for passing the exam to any attentive individual. Passed exam for Technician license on 11 April, 2018. The text used in conjunction with ARRL's website gave me all the necessary information to pass the Technician exam. The text was clear in its presentation of material. Having "Elmer from the local Amateur Radio Club was an added benefit. The internet based system at GCC for this course (WFD522) was also very useful. I feel that the text and ARRL website would be enough for passing the exam to any attentive individual. Passed exam for Technician license on 11 April, 2018.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    This is a great and highly recommended resource for anyone looking to get started in amateur radio. This book has pretty much everything you need to know to pass your Technician license exam and start down the path of this hobby. I got my license yesterday thanks to this book, which was well organized and easy to use. All the questions are referenced while reading so you know what parts pertain to quiz qusetions, and each section ends with a list of the questions to review to be sure you got wha This is a great and highly recommended resource for anyone looking to get started in amateur radio. This book has pretty much everything you need to know to pass your Technician license exam and start down the path of this hobby. I got my license yesterday thanks to this book, which was well organized and easy to use. All the questions are referenced while reading so you know what parts pertain to quiz qusetions, and each section ends with a list of the questions to review to be sure you got what you need to know from that part. The question list itself also lists the page number of the part of the book with the answer, so you can cross reference both ways. You can just get it from your library if you like, however I honestly would recommend buying it. The book is not really expensive, and a lot of the reference material contained within will continue to be useful down the road. You're never going to remember everything, so having the book to look information up in will be useful. If you just want to grab the book and study and forget it then the library method should work. This is also the book used for most classes, so if you're going to take an instructor taught course this will likely be the required book for the course. I did knock off a star because the book is not perfect. There was a number of grammatical and spelling errors over the course of the book. These errors were nothing huge that makes it unreadable at any point, but they were still more frequent then I care to see in a professional publication. There were also a handful of questions that aren't talked about in any sections. You'll reach the end of a few sections and find a question in the list at the end of the section that that section never discussed. I even checked the page numbers and nothing on those referenced pages talks about the questions content. This isn't a common issue either, but between this and the editing it still warrants a star off. At least one question (regarding determining decibel changes) was not detailed well enough to allow a user to actually answer the question, but that one question was the only instance I encountered where the book discusses the topic but doesn't present enough to actually answer the related two questions. All in all though I really recommend this book. It isn't perfect, but it's the best you'll find to help you answer the question. You could borrow it from the library or just look up the answers online, but that isn't going to help you much when you actually get your license and get on the air. This book provides just about everything to get your license and details out enough so that you'll be ready when the time to hop on the air comes and when you need to set up your equipment. It'll also be a very useful resource down the line as well. Certainly worth the pricetag for anyone looking to get in to the hobby.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tracie Hall

    I finally finished reading this manual, but only after using "HAMTestOnline" to prepare for (and pass! Hurray!) the Technician's exam. This particular edition became outdated in 2014. I think I got it in 2011 or 2012. I got about three chapters in at which point I was convinced it was intimidating--the thought that I needed to understand all that it contains enough to pass an exam, and I lost momentum, picking the book up less and less frequently. I intended to get back to it, but people had tol I finally finished reading this manual, but only after using "HAMTestOnline" to prepare for (and pass! Hurray!) the Technician's exam. This particular edition became outdated in 2014. I think I got it in 2011 or 2012. I got about three chapters in at which point I was convinced it was intimidating--the thought that I needed to understand all that it contains enough to pass an exam, and I lost momentum, picking the book up less and less frequently. I intended to get back to it, but people had told me there were better, easier ways to study for the exam. The aforementioned online subscription prepared me in less than one month's time, although that was by heeding it's advise to study at least an hour daily from the time started to the time of taking the exam....but back to this manual. It contains all of the test questions and describes all points in great detail. At the end there are also very helpful chapters that assist in helping determine the most appropriate equipment based on the motive for HAM operation/participation. The book is now outdated mostly only because the test questions were changed in 2014. They will change again this year, 2018. I plan to keep this on hand as a reference tool all the same, because getting the answers right on the exam doesn't always mean fully understanding the concepts and I expect I will want to revisit issues as I encounter them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kirk Lowery

    Most of us use TV, cell phones and other radio emitting equipment that operate on predefined frequencies and power. The operator has very little choice: transmit as the device is designed and that's it. An amateur radio operator, on the other hand, has control over nearly everything -- frequency, power of transmission, mode and type of propagation (antenna) -- all within the rules of the FCC. With freedom comes responsibility. To demonstrate that responsibility, one must past an FCC test. This b Most of us use TV, cell phones and other radio emitting equipment that operate on predefined frequencies and power. The operator has very little choice: transmit as the device is designed and that's it. An amateur radio operator, on the other hand, has control over nearly everything -- frequency, power of transmission, mode and type of propagation (antenna) -- all within the rules of the FCC. With freedom comes responsibility. To demonstrate that responsibility, one must past an FCC test. This book is all about teaching the reader that responsibility for the lowest level of amateur radio operation: the Technician license. There is a pool of 200 or so questions and they are all given with their answers in advance. An exam selects 35 of those questions. The book is also excellent for those interested in just finding out what amateur radio is all about. One of the most important purposes of amateur radio is to provide the general public with emergency communications when all other communications facilities are overwhelmed or destroyed by catastrophe. It is a hobby, a social club and a public service, all rolled into one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marshall

    A book for studying to get an Amateur Radio (ham) license. It spends a little time at the beginning plugging their organization and on the history of amateur radio, and then plunges in head-first. This book is very dense. It doesn't waste your time with idle discussion. It has the test pool in the back, and at the end of each section, it shows which test questions were covered. I thought this book was pretty thorough until I took the practice test. Many the questions were never covered. A book for studying to get an Amateur Radio (ham) license. It spends a little time at the beginning plugging their organization and on the history of amateur radio, and then plunges in head-first. This book is very dense. It doesn't waste your time with idle discussion. It has the test pool in the back, and at the end of each section, it shows which test questions were covered. I thought this book was pretty thorough until I took the practice test. Many the questions were never covered.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Don

    Great resource for test study. I think that some items concerning operating the radio might have worked better if they were presented in the earlier chapters. This is especially true if you have no real experience with amateur radio. The motivation for pursuing a license is in what you can do with the radio, not frequency and dB change equations. This book and the internet pages recommended are a complete reference for the Technician's License. Great resource for test study. I think that some items concerning operating the radio might have worked better if they were presented in the earlier chapters. This is especially true if you have no real experience with amateur radio. The motivation for pursuing a license is in what you can do with the radio, not frequency and dB change equations. This book and the internet pages recommended are a complete reference for the Technician's License.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tennille

    I learned the basics and everything I needed to know for the amateur radio technician license. I highly recommend it for studying for the test. However, this one expires: July 2009. That doesn't mean you can't use this book to study, it just means the question pool in the back of it gets re-written (so it wouldn't help to memorize the questions neener neener) I learned the basics and everything I needed to know for the amateur radio technician license. I highly recommend it for studying for the test. However, this one expires: July 2009. That doesn't mean you can't use this book to study, it just means the question pool in the back of it gets re-written (so it wouldn't help to memorize the questions neener neener)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vernon

    Good introduction to amateur radio. Don't buy it, get it at your local library. Honestly, most all of what you will need to know to get your license can be found online. One of the advantages of this book is that it has all the questions from the VEC question pool with cross-referenced pages for more information one each question. Good introduction to amateur radio. Don't buy it, get it at your local library. Honestly, most all of what you will need to know to get your license can be found online. One of the advantages of this book is that it has all the questions from the VEC question pool with cross-referenced pages for more information one each question.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    Literally everything you need to get a Technician license - the basic step needed to own and operate your own Ham radio! The chapters are very simple and easy to cover, and the book contains the questions and answers - verbatim - for every question you may see on the real exam. Using this book and the study from it, I aced my exam (35/35).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Elkins

    Whew. Definitely a textbook. And although the book is up to date with newer technology, some of the examples and style is definitely dated. But if you are planning to take the Technician (basic level) exam for your ham radio license, this is the volume to buy. NOTE: this version will be superceded by a new version in the spring of 2014!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Shepherd

    Good overall introduction to amateur radio. Includes test question data bank, but provides additional background material with which to understand the context of those questions. Contains plenty of material to master, with an emphasis on voice communications operating in the UHF/VHF bands.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Raven

    Very helpful, answered most of my questions about how this all works. I particularly liked the links to relevant questions during the explanations of those sections; it's useful to understand rather than just memorizing test answers. Very helpful, answered most of my questions about how this all works. I particularly liked the links to relevant questions during the explanations of those sections; it's useful to understand rather than just memorizing test answers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    I used this in the 1940s Now tubes are gone The circuits are different But you'll still need it to get your license I used this in the 1940s Now tubes are gone The circuits are different But you'll still need it to get your license

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