Chapter 1: Introduction
Each section of the General Class License Manual has numerous links to resources, study aides and reference. Making use of the following links will help you study effectively.
Exam practice helps you assess your readiness for the real event! Be sure to use the software provided with the ARRL manual to check your understanding of the content in each chapter as you prepare for the exam. You can flag questions that you miss so you can easily go back to review the relevant content in the study guide. And, to be extra confident, set aside some time to take some practice exams in advance of exam day.
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- ARRL Hello! - Information about Amateur Radio and how to become a "ham" operator.
- ARRL New Ham Desk -This is the address for email when you need extra explanation on a topic or just have a question.
- ARRL Licensing Information
- Club Search Page - Find clubs in your area
- License Search - Look up other license holders in your area or search for your own call sign after passing your exam.
- Licensing Class - Find license classes in your area
- Exam Session Search - Locate upcoming exam sessions
- ARRL Operating Manual - covers many ham radio operating topics
- Ham Radio for Dummies - your "desktop Elmer" covering operating and technical topics
- ARRL Bulletins - Bulletins on general news, DX, Propagation, satellite tracking information (Keplerian)
- W1AW - the ARRL's club station broadcasts bulletins and code practice all year long
- Amateur Radio Spectrum Band Chart – includes recent revisions for Technician privileges
- Communication Procedures, ITU Phonetic Alphabet, RST System, UTC Time Conversion Chart
- Yahoo! groups - enter "ham radio" into the Search window
- Yahoo group for new hams
- eham.net - Web portal with news, email lists, and classified ads
- QRZ.com - Web portal and call sign database
- Googlegroups - enter "ham radio" into the Search Groups window
- QSL.net - Numerous individual and club Web pages
- AC6V's Amateur Radio and DX Reference Guide - Glossaries, links, and files on all facets of Amateur Radio