General Class License Manual

General License Class Manual Supplement

8690.jpgUse the ARRL General Class License Manual as your textbook to help you pass the General Class License exam. The 7th edition supports preparation for the FCC exam question pool in use effective July 1, 2011 thru June 30, 2015.

Click on the chapter links below for supplemental resources and be sure to use the exam practice software in your manual to check your progress.


Now Available: A Question Pool That Follows the Book

There are significant differences between the order of topics in the official FCC Question Pool sub-elements and the arrangement of material in ARRL's study manual. A Study Guide with an arrangement of the questions that follows the text is available. Download the ARRL GCLM Study Guide as a PDF file you can print or view.  ARRL General Class License Manual 7th edition Study Guide [PDF]

Updates and Corrections

  • 7th Edition Updates

    The following text is intended to expand or support material in the General Class License Manual and and/or the ARRL’s General Q&A

    Determine the version of the manual you are using by referring to the first page of the preface inside your copy.  Look for the text box with the copyright information where you’ll also find the edition and printing information. (If the edition number is not followed by printing information, the book is the first printing.)

     Updates to 7th edition (3/12/15)


  • Introduction

    Each section of the General Class License Manual has numerous links to this Web site - for resources, study aides and reference. Learn More

  • Procedures & Practices

    You’ll find that operating on the HF bands as a General Class licensee has many similarities to the operating you’ve done as a Technician. Learn More

  • Rules & Regulations

    The FCC rules apply equally to HF and VHF+ operation, but there are a number of special situations that apply only to HF operation. Learn More

  • Components & Circuits

    Part of becoming a General Class ham is learning more about electronics and radio so that you can take advantage of all those new privileges! Learn More

  • Radio Signals & Equipment

    As you advance to General, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the signals you use to communicate, and how they are received and transmitted. Learn More

  • Antennas

    Antennas are the key to radio — without them, signals are not transmitted or received. Learn More

  • Propagation

    Once a signal is traveling between antennas, how does it get from Point A to Point B? What makes bands open and close? Learn More

  • Electrical & RF Safety

    Observing good safety practices around your ham shack and antenna system is a must! Learn More