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1. The Radio Amateur's Hand Book
2. The Arrl Operating Manual (A R
3. The ARRL Antenna Book: The Ultimate
4. The ARRL Extra Class License Manual:
5. Now You're Talking! All You Need
6. Radio Frequency Interference:
7. Amateur Radio Operating Manual
8. The ARRL operating manual (Radio
9. The Beginner's Handbook of Amateur
10. Oscar's Amateur Radio Adventure
11. Amateur Radio Astronomer's Handbook
12. The ARRL Operating Manual For
13. Stealth Amateur Radio: Operate
14. ARRL Ham Radio License Manual:
15. Ham Radio for Dummies
16. The Radio Amateur's Hand Book:
17. Tune in the World With Ham Radio/Book
18. The Radio Amateur's Handbook
19. ARRL Handbook for Radio Amateurs
20. Low Profile Amateur Radio: Operating

1. The Radio Amateur's Hand Book
by A. Frederick Collins
Hardcover: 300 Pages (2009-04-30)
list price: US$34.99 -- used & new: US$31.88
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Asin: 0559122934
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars absolutely useless book for most of hams
unless you are complete beginner in ham radio world, this book is definetly not for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disapointing
This book was written for and continually refers to it's illustrations and figures.
Because they were removed, reading this book is not worthwhile.
Recommend removal from Kindle.

1-0 out of 5 stars Arrl "Kindle"Book
This Kindle book is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE.

I'm glad I didn't buy it because without illustrations it's worth EXACTLY what it cost!

Zero, Zip, NADA!

If there was a negative number for review, I would select it!

... Read more

2. The Arrl Operating Manual (A R R L Operating Manual, 7th ed)
Paperback: 409 Pages (2000-08)
list price: US$25.00 -- used & new: US$7.99
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Asin: 0872597938
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars good if you are new to the hobby
This book provides a lot of information.If you are new to the hobby this is great book to have in the shack.If you have been into ham radio for more than a year most of this information will be old, you should already have this information in other books.The chapters on emergency communications and traffic handling are pretty much a waste, if a major disaster happened the last thing I would be thinking about is radio.It seems like a good portion of the book is the standard league propoganda on how they what activities to occur on the air. After careful consideration this book is not worth $25 ... Read more

3. The ARRL Antenna Book: The Ultimate Reference for Amateur Radio Antennas, Transmission Lines And Propagation (Arrl Antenna Book)
by American Radio Relay League
Paperback: 976 Pages (2007-05-01)
list price: US$44.95 -- used & new: US$28.75
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Asin: 0872599876
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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All the information you need to design your own complete antenna system.

Since the first edition in September 1939, radio amateurs and professional engineers have turned to The ARRL Antenna Book as THE source of current antenna theory and a wealth of practical how-to construction projects. Use this book to discover even the most basic antenna designs-- wire and loop antennas, verticals, and Yagis--and for advanced antenna theory and applications. Many of the antennas in this edition benefit directly from advances in sophisticated computer modeling.

This 21st edition has been extensively revised to include information you can use to build highly optimized or specialized antennas. The book includes new content on Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) techniques, phased arrays, S-parameters as used in modern vector network analyzers (VNA), Beverage receiving antennas, mobile screwdriver antennas, ionospheric area-coverage maps, and much...much more.

Fully searchable CD-ROM included!
Bundled with this book is a CD-ROM containing The ARRL Antenna Book in its entirety, using the popular Adobe® Reader® software for Microsoft® Windows® and Macintosh® systems. View, search and print from the entire text, including images, photographs, drawings...everything! ... Read more

Customer Reviews (34)

3-0 out of 5 stars Easy to get lost in the book
If you are a beginner, if you are looking to learn fresh about the subject of Antennas, I don't recommend this book for you. You will be miserably lost. As with other ARRL publications that I own, it's a collection of enormous amount of information that are semi-random in nature, discoherent, and non-contextual. It's written by too many authors to be understood in a progression commonly found in textbooks. So, this is not a textbook. It won't take you from A-Z. Instead there will be things talked about in Chapter 4 that are defined in Chapter 25. Things that referenced over and over are not even defined anywhere.

Try looking for SWR, S-meter, Antenna Tuner, etc. You will find them scattered allover the book without any proper introductory information. I totally not recommend this book unless you have 2 or more years of experience in Radio and strong theoretical knowledge. Not that there's much theory in the book, but they assume you know the basics.

5-0 out of 5 stars ARRL Antenna Book
If you are a ham radio operator or a SWL (short wave listener) then YOU NEED this book! This is the bible of antennas. Excellent material; well illustrated; and easy to understand. A must have.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very informative - but very technical!
This is an "OK" reference for those looking for information on a variety of antenna's and applications.Having said that, it is way too technical.If one is looking for "how to construct" information, they would be better served looking at other publications that provide a more simplified approach.Most readers will be overwhelmed.I was looking more for practical construction guidance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Practical Antenna Reference Book
I am impressed! Safety is not the last chapter, it's the first chapter! It is a full 24 pages in length and includes topics such as: tower support safety, safety belt and climbing accessories, gin pole use, installing antenna on towers, tower climbing safety tips, lockout/tagout, installation of tower shields, electrical safety, NEC, grounding, lightning, AC power lines, feedline protection, rotator use, mobile antenna installation, transient protection, RF radiation/EM field safety, and safe RF exposure limits. Not a bad way to start a practical book on designing, installing, securing, and operating RF transmit/receive antennas.

I have taken electrical engineering courses on antenna analysis and design. Good courses. Although I learned how to analyze antenna performance and model their patterns, I still didn't feel I could design a practical high-performance antenna system yet. That is where amateur radio and earlier editions of this 976-page practical design and construction antenna book came to the rescue. Looking back, I believe it also made a difference in my first five years as a young electrical engineer developing and testing side-looking airborne radars (SLAR) based on phased arrays.

So, what makes this antenna book the one to own?

Coverage: Extensive practical design and performance material on all the popular antenna systems and many unconventional antennas. For most antenna types, design topics include system variables (e.g., number of elements, spacing, matching network), performance vs. frequency, multi-band configurations, stacked arrays, real-world terrain effects, and alternate configurations. Throughout the book are numerous photos of hardware, diagrams, schematics, and performance plots. There are chapters on the design and construction of high-performance yagi antenna: 432 MHz (70 cm band) with 22-elements and 144 MHz (2 m) design supporting 10 to 19 elements. Circular polarized antenna design to establish links to LEO and elliptical orbit amateur satellites are covered. There are chapters on material selection for antennas, towers, and supports. There is an extensive chapter on atmospheric effects on radio wave propagation. There is even a short chapter on HF antenna systems for sailboats!

Reference material: Nearly every chapter includes an extensive bibliography that includes papers from CQ, QST, Antenna Engineering Handbook, RF Design, Proceedings of the IEE, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, and the Radio Handbook. At the end of Chapter 2, there is an extensive list of textbooks on antennas (including the ones from my college courses).

PDF: The CD ROM that is included contains a fully searchable PDF of this book. Nice bonus feature.

This is a first-class reference book on the design of RF antenna systems!


5-0 out of 5 stars This Is A Whopper Of A Book
I cannot imagine an antenna subject on earth that is not covered here.As a fairly new ham with a General license, this book is a bit like taking a drink out of a firehose.It might be wise for the new ham to start with something a bit more basic.However, this appears to be the Bible for those wanting total coverage of the subject. ... Read more

4. The ARRL Extra Class License Manual: For Ham Radio (Arrl Extra Class License Manual for the Radio Amateur)
by Ward Silver
Paperback: Pages (2008-07-01)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$16.04
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Asin: 0872591352
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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All You Need To Pass Your Extra Class Exam!

Pass the 50-question Extra Class test.
All the Exam Questions with Answer Key, for use July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2012.
Detailed explanations for all questions, including FCC rules.
The ARRL Extra Class License Manual is your ticket to every privilege granted to Amateur Radio Operators. Our expert instruction will lead you through all of the knowledge you need to pass the exam: rules, specific operating skills and more advanced electronics theory.

The Extra Class license is the highest of all three US Amateur Radio licenses. To upgrade to Extra Class you must already hold a General Class license (or have recently passed all of the exams required for a General Class license). Upgrading to an Extra license only requires passing a written examination. As an Extra Class licensee, you will have full privileges on all frequencies authorized by the FCC for Amateur Radio. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars License Manual, Amatuer Extra Class
Excellent manual for study for the Amateur Extra class ham radio license. It is very technical and is written for the ham radio operator that has passed his General class license and wants to advance him or herself to the next license and its operating privileges. I would highly recommend this study manual.

3-0 out of 5 stars Adequate, but not Great
As has already been stated by others, this book tries to do the near impossible. It makes assumptions as to your proficiency in electronics and math. I successfully used this book to attain an Amateur Extra license. I would read the entire book ONE time, then mark all of the correct answers in the question pool. Read, re-read, and then read the questions OVER AND OVER until you are able to average 80% proficiency on the QRZ practice tests. It can be done! 73

5-0 out of 5 stars Take the Amateur Extra class license exam with confidence
The steps to upgrade to Amateur Extra class license are achievable and worth the time investment. If you want to take the exam with confidence, then using this well-written book as your study guide will help do that.

First, some info about the Element 4 exam to upgrade from General to Extra class. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions that are selected from the officially released pool (effectivity July 2008) of over 738 questions (with answer key). At least 37 questions must be answered correctly to pass. The exam is administered by a team of volunteer examiners who are themselves Amateur Extra Class radio operators.

So, what makes this book the study guide to own?

The chapters are organized by topics that align with the sub-elements in the exam and provide the much needed technical context and background for all the questions. At this licensing level, the numerous schematics, diagrams and plots help significantly with the learning. Learning the technical topics for Amateur Extra requires much more math skills, electronics background and technical RF knowledge than General class. Nearly 3/4 of the study guide is devoted to this technical context and background material that promotes understanding and minimizes memorization.

The last 1/4 of this study guide lists the entire Element 4 question pool of 738 questions, also organized by sub-element. I was able to work off each chapter and its related questions one sub-element at a time during my spare time over the course of about six weeks.

This is the book (previous edition) I used to study and pass the Amateur Extra Class license exam. I didn't need to use any other books, CDs, or online practice quizzes. As such, I definitely recommend this study guide.


4-0 out of 5 stars very helpful....... but

This is probably the best study guide you can find. I gave four stars instead of five
because I thought the explanation to some of the math problems could have been
a little more clear. To understand the math I used a book called "Circuit Concepts" by
Thomas Kubala. I wanted to learn the material and not just memorize, and the ARRL manual
was really a great help. I passed on the first try with a 96%.

Beware however, unless you have a background in radio you're probably going to have to
put in some time if you want to do well on the exam. I studied at least one or two hours a day for
several weeks. I also used several of the practice exams and paid close attention to the
answers I got wrong. If you're prepared, then the exam isn't really too difficult, but you have
to know the material. Good Luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars The ham General
After reading other books on upgrading to General, I found information within the first few pages here that were not available in other guides and books that proved very helpful. If you are going for the upgrade to General this is the book for you and good luck on your test. ... Read more

5. Now You're Talking! All You Need to Get Your First Amateur Radio License, Fifth Edition
Paperback: 306 Pages (2003-05)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$13.94
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Asin: 0872598810
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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At TTEP, our Text/Lab manuals are written by community college instructors and have been used for years in electronics programs as lab manuals, and stand alone textbooks. Our texts work well as individualized instruction courses with Multisim, National Instruments Electronics Workbench, for completing the laboratory experiments. Multisim is available from Amazon under software. For questions about any of our materials, go to: THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION STOREFRONT; SELLER HELP; CONTACT THIS SELLER, and we will get right back to you. Thank you for choosing The Technical Education Press. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Out of Date
This5th edition, while the text contains good information, is virtually worthless as a prep for the Tecnician Class license exam. The pool of exam questions in this edition is only valid through June 30, 2007, making it useless as prep for a current exam. The current pool, valid through June 30, 2010, is significantly different from the 2007 pool. This could lead one to fail the exam and not get a license. Seller should highlight that this is not the most current issue. Fortunately, I had other materials and did prepare for the exam using the current pool of questions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Now You're Talking! All You Need to Get Your First Amateur Radio License, Fifth Edition
Good book, information described clearly, not too complicated. It is the latest edition (Fifth). I knew Technician Class did not require code, but expected it to be in the book, and it was not. Operating a code station was covered, but not learning code itself. I was billed properly and the book arrived earlier than I had expected.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hame radio
This is an updated exam book for preparation for the Ham RadioTest. I was able to purchase a used copy through Amazon Marketplace and it was in excellent condition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent For Your First Liscence
This book is the best beginning book for people wanting to get there Ham Radio license. It has graphs and pictures, tables and charts that help you learn as you go so that you understand basic Ham Radio skills. It is easy to read and great for the young reader as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book
If you use this book, and take the practice tests online until your passing them fairly consistently, you will have a very high probability of passing your test.

Best way to study is to work with the book about 1/2 hour a day, no more.

Take your time, then take online practice tests each day until your test date.

You'll be all set.I think I only got 1 question wrong on my test - and I'm certainly no natural at this stuff. ... Read more

6. Radio Frequency Interference: How to Find It and Fix It (Radio Amateur's Library, Publication No. 149.)
by Ed Hare, Robert Schetgen
Paperback: Pages (1991-06)
list price: US$18.00 -- used & new: US$95.74
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Asin: 0872593754
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Great reference book for the amateur radio operator in your life. ... Read more

7. Amateur Radio Operating Manual
by R.J. Eckersley
 Paperback: 204 Pages (1985)

Isbn: 090061269X
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8. The ARRL operating manual (Radio amateur's library ; no. 44)
 Paperback: 157 Pages (1980)

Isbn: 0872596540
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9. The Beginner's Handbook of Amateur Radio
by Clay Laster
Paperback: 448 Pages (2000-11-28)
list price: US$37.95 -- used & new: US$20.00
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Asin: 0071361871
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Essential A-to-Z Ham Radio Guide

The revised edition of the most trusted guide in ham radio is here just in time to help you pass the new No-Code Technician Class exams! Used by thousands of ham operators to set up their first shortwave transmitters and to get their licenses, Clay Laster's Beginner's Handbook of Amateur Radio, Fourth Edition delivers all the guidance you need -- from radio and electronics fundamentals needed to set up a transmitter to the newest equipment to revisions to the Federal Communications Commission rules and tests. If you want to communicate over the airwaves both locally and globally and listen in on conversations heard by very few, take this book home, and it will take you into the realm of communication, new friends, good times, and technical mastery beyond your dreams.

You get:
Understandable instruction in wave propagation, power supplies, and electronic circuits
Complete study guide for getting your Novice Operator or No-Code Technician Class licenses
Study hints for preparing for FCC exams
Shortwave operator's do's-and-don't's, practices and procedures
Appendix packed with 250 sample examination questions and answers ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but a little outdated!
I really enjoyed this book, but Amateur Radio has changed lots since 2001!

Biggest change?The FCC does not require morse code at all, for any license class, not even Amateur Extra Class! More priviledges have also been granted to lower class licensees, neither of which are covered in the 2001 edition I purchased!

Still a great book if you can get it at a good price!

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
To challenge myself, I decided to study in order to take the Technician amateur radio operating license exam.I picked up this book, which bills itself as a complete source of information.Not so.

Despite the fact that the book is in its 4th edition, it is poorly edited.Information jumps from basic to full jargon in the same paragraph, without any definition of the new terms used.Much of the information on the basics of electric circuits and electronics seems to be pulled from an electronics text.

I'm an engineer, but not an electrical engineer.It's been years since I studied electric circuits and this book did little to refresh my memory.The information on FCC regs is sparse -- the complete Part 97 is not included.The question pool for the multiple choice Tech exam is included, but only the letter answers are provided without any explanation of the answers (leaving the reader to try to find the information in the rest of the book).

I'll look to another source to help prepare for the exam.

3-0 out of 5 stars A must?
A must? for beginners. Very easy to read. I'll recomend this book only if you have extra time. You can die without reading it. ... Read more

10. Oscar's Amateur Radio Adventure
by Robert Norman
Paperback: 72 Pages (2010-07-07)
list price: US$15.96 -- used & new: US$13.58
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Asin: 1921681977
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While visiting his grandparents, fourteen year old Oscar finds an old Wireless in the basement. Then, taking an interest in radios, he discovers Amateur Radio and learns about 'Hams' using their radios to talk to each other World Wide. The adventure continues when he visits a Solar Powered Ham Radio Station in the Australian Outback. ... Read more

11. Amateur Radio Astronomer's Handbook
by John Potter Shields
 Hardcover: 104 Pages (1986-05-04)
list price: US$19.95
Isbn: 0517558106
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12. The ARRL Operating Manual For Radio Amateurs (Arrl Operating Manual)
by Mark J. Wilson
Paperback: 352 Pages (2008-01-01)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$20.48
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Asin: 0872591093
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If you re an active ham radio operator, you probably have a story about your first radio contact. Many hams remember that experience even more than their first license examination. That s because operating is fun and exciting!

The ARRL Operating Manual for Radio Amateurs is the most complete book about Amateur Radio operating. It was written to help guide you through the dozens of ways hams communicate with each other. It contains information that every ham needs:

Beginners explore the broad range of ham radio activities, practices and events.
Intermediate hams sharpen your skills, earn awards and participate in contests.
Experienced hams find frequently needed references, details on new technology, and new ways to enjoy your favorite activities.

New Edition - Extensively Updated! This 9th edition is the BIGGEST revision in years! Over 80% of the content has been completely re-written. You'll enjoy the latest information!


Amateur Radio All About Operating

VHF/UHF FM, Repeaters, Digital Voice and Data, SSB and CW

Emergency Communications

Traffic Handling Getting the Message Through

DXing Contacting Those Faraway Places

Contesting Competitive Wireless

HF Digital Communications

Image Communications

Amateur Satellites

The FCC Rules and You Operating Legally, Safely, and Appropriately

Operating Awards

References Call Sign Prefix List, Antenna Bearing Maps, Abbreviations, and much more ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The ARRL Operating Manual For Radio Amateurs
Excellent tool to prepare for exam or just to review often as a refresher.Very informative!

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the Handbook
While the Handbook is a tome of technical goodness... the Operators Manual is a much more enjoyable read for the average hamThis book really helps you understand a lot of the different parts of the hobby.I'd probably buy a new one every 5 - 10 years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable information for new and old hams
Are you new to ham radio? This is the best book to learn about the many things you can do in the hobby. Even old hams will learn a thing or two.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Overview
I used the book to help orient me after I finished my General license.Helped me understand numerous operating areas and specialties within ham radio.Not much depth on any topic, but enough to get you started.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, especially for a new ham, I am still reading through it and love every page. ... Read more

13. Stealth Amateur Radio: Operate From Anywhere
by Kirk A. Kleinschmidt
 Paperback: Pages (1999)
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Asin: 0872597571
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14. ARRL Ham Radio License Manual: All You Need to Become an Amateur Radio Operator (Arrl Ham Radio License Manual) (Arrl Ham Radio License Manual)
by H. Ward Silver, American Radio Relay League
Paperback: 283 Pages (2006-06-01)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$43.99
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Asin: 0872599639
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Get your FIRST ham radio license! Easy-to-understand bite-sized sections. Use this book, and pass the 35-question license test. Includes the latest question pool with answer key, for use beginning July 1, 2006. Designed for self-study and for classroom use. Intended for all newcomers, instructors and schoolteachers.This is the most popular introduction to Amateur Radio! The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual is your ticket to joining the ranks of amateur radio operators.Use this book to discover the appeal of ham radio. The Amateur Radio Service offers a unique mix of technology, public service, convenience and fun. Some hams enjoy communicating across the country and around the globe, making new friends over the airwaves. Others like to build and experiment with electronics, experiencing cutting edge technologies. Some use their radios and skills during emergencies or disasters when all else fails. And, today's ham radio gear offers possibilities for getting started at any level. Your first radio station might be at home, in the car, or small enough to take with you on the go. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Found this book VERY helpful for my studying. It is presented in an easily understandable format. Highly recommend it

2-0 out of 5 stars Not sure it was worth the money
I purchased this book to obtain a Technician class HAM license.I spent a decent amount of time reading the entire manual front to back, including a review of the glossary before I began taking the practice tests.I became very discouraged and frustrated when I began failing nearly every practice exam I took.It didn't take long for me to realize that many of the terms and other material on the test were never mentioned in the book, or mentioned in a figure/side note that would not have an index entry.At this point it became a task of memorizing the answers or looking for the information online at HAM specific forums and sites.It is an easy read and as another reviewer commented, there is a good amount of fluff that has nothing to do with what is actually tested.If I had to do it again, I would just use the free resources on the internet.I did pass my exam only missing 1 question but I do not attribute my success to this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Check the price!
This book is great; I've read it cover to cover, and am going to take the Technician test in a few weeks.After reading the book, I've taken the Technician test online, and haven't gotten worse than 80%.

Check the cover price, though, before ordering.I bought a used book, for $25.40, and the cover price is $24.95! Why pay more for a used book?

I give the book an easy 4 stars; it is pretty well written, with test questions in the back.I have to take away at least one star though for the price.

1-0 out of 5 stars This edition is out of date!!!!!
It now is September 3, 2010. This edition of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual is out of date.It has been out of date since July 1, 2010 when "Edition 2" of the license manual went into effect.

Why the big concern since electron flow hasn't changed?

Because anyone studying for their entry-level amateur radio license will have access to the OBSOLETE QUESTION POOL, which is the last section of the manual. It consists of HUNDREDS of questions, from which 35 are selected for the FCC license test.

Unless you have some historic reason for wanting an obsolete study guide with the outdated question pool, I see no reason to purchase this book.

The Edition 2 of the ARRL Manual, effective July 1, 2010 carries a list price of $24.95, a huge amount less than what the listed Amazon prices are.

1-0 out of 5 stars Recon
Don't buy this book.It is the 1st Edition dated July 1, 2006.The new edition is dated July, 2010 and contains updated information for test being given now. ... Read more

15. Ham Radio for Dummies
by H. Ward Silver
Paperback: 384 Pages (2004-04-23)
list price: US$21.99 -- used & new: US$9.64
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Asin: 0764559877
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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You can be a lifesaver while you make new friends

Find out about ham radio, prepare for your license, and join the fun!

Hams do cool things like talking to folks around the world and helping with communications during emergencies. If hamming it up sounds like fun, here’s the scoop, including licensing requirements and how to set up a station. And if you’re already licensed, this book will help you start sounding (and feeling) like a pro!

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Understand ham jargon
  • Communicate on the air
  • Prepare for the license exam
  • Set up a radio shack
  • Help in an emergency or natural disaster
  • Be a ham on the go
... Read more

Customer Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Ham RadioExam preparation
This book helped clarify the more technical aspects of preparing for an Amateur Radio Technician Class license from the FCC. Used in conjunction with another study guide, I was able to deciper the techno-geekese.Good basis.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Basic Book
This is a solid Basic book that one can go back to review the process of acquiring the license to operate your very own radio.

3-0 out of 5 stars good book
good book. really helped me with my exam. arrived promptly in described condition. good price

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Seller!
The seller was quick. The condition of the book as it was described. Would buy from again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dummies who use HAM radios
I found that this book is too general to the hobby.No specific points. ... Read more

16. The Radio Amateur's Hand Book: A Complete, Authentic and Informative Work on Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony (Forgotten Books)
by Archie Frederick Collins
Paperback: 248 Pages (2008-10-15)
list price: US$8.96 -- used & new: US$8.96
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Asin: 1606801198
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is both a hobby and a service in which participants, called "hams," use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training.

Amateur radio operators enjoy personal wireless communications with each other and are able to support their communities with emergency and disaster communications if necessary, while increasing their personal knowledge of electronics and radio theory. An estimated six million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio.

The term "amateur" is not a reflection on the skills of the participants, which are often quite advanced; rather, "amateur" indicates that amateur radio communications are not allowed to be made for commercial or money-making purposes. (Quote from wikipedia.org)

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George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 - 2 November 1950) was a world-famous Irish playwright. Born in Dublin, he moved to London at the age of twenty and lived in England for the remainder of his life. Shaw's first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, but he had a bent for drama: during his career he authored more than sixty plays. Nearly all of his writings dealt sternly with prevailing social problems, but are nicely leavened by a vein of comedy to make their stark themes more palatable. He pondered education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege and found them all defective, but his ire was most aroused by the exploitation of the working class by heartless employers; his writings seldom fail to censure that abuse.

An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Soc ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reprint of a Minor Classic
This is a very nicely produced republication of the 1922 Collins (no, not THAT Collins) Radio Amateur's Hand Book (no, not THAT Handbook).The original text was scanned and printed in a good modern font.The figures, however, were not redrawn, so they are a little fuzzy.

Forgotten Books makes this book available on-line for free browsing (but not downloading), or you can buy the hardcopy from Amazon.I recommend the hardcopy for easy reading.(Numerous other versions are available on-line, but many do not contain the illustrations, which are critical in this book.)

After publication of the 1922 revision, there was a review in QST that took the author to task for presenting various obsolete circuits and techniques, even by 1923 standards.For us in 2009, however, it is fascinating to read the details about how to construct spark gap and vacuum tube (CW) transmitters and their corresponding receivers, even though the historical progression is not thoroughly explained.

This is a book that belongs on every ham operator's history shelf. ... Read more

17. Tune in the World With Ham Radio/Book and 2 Cassettes (Radio Amateur's Library)
by Sheperd
 Hardcover: Pages (1989-06)
list price: US$19.00 -- used & new: US$29.00
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Asin: 0872592472
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18. The Radio Amateur's Handbook
by Headquarters Staff of the American Radio Relay League 1977
 Paperback: Pages (1977)

Asin: B000X0T2KG
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19. ARRL Handbook for Radio Amateurs 1993
by n/a
 Hardcover: 1214 Pages (1992-12)
list price: US$25.00 -- used & new: US$8.99
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Asin: 0872591700
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20. Low Profile Amateur Radio: Operating a Ham Station from Almost Anywhere (The Radio Amateur's Library ; Publication No. 167)
by James E. Kearman
 Paperback: 124 Pages (1993-01)
list price: US$8.00 -- used & new: US$14.00
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Asin: 0872594114
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars For Any Ham, or Wannabee
While I've never reviewed books put out by the ARRL, and Jim Kearman-kr1s before, the only thing I can say is this, "It's About Time" this very excellent book was done justice.Like most "League"publications, it makes a very excellent book for a beginning ham, or aveteran of the tubes and wires, over fancy circuits.Whatever the case, Ican say as a very proud ham, myself, that if you're on a budget, READ THISBOOK FIRST! Not only will you enjoy reading this book, (it's plain fun)it will also give you ideas.Certainly,as far as reference books go, acopy belongs in everyone's library! ... Read more

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