Resources for License Instruction
- The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 2nd edition, for exam preparation July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014
- The ARRL Technician Q & A 5th edition, for exam preparation July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014
- The ARRL General Class License Manual, 7th edition, for exam preparation July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015
- The ARRL General Q&A, 4th edition, for exam preparation July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015
- The ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 10th edition, for exam preparation July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016
- The ARRL Extra Q & A , 3rd edition, for exam preparation July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016
- For supplemental information, additional references, updates and corrections refer to the Extra Class License Manual Online Supplement.
Instructor's Manual. The new ARRL Instructor's Manual for Technician License Courses (5th edition), developed to coordinated with the current ARRL student study manual, The Ham Radio License Manual, 2nd edition, is available from the ARRL store. It includes lesson plans and a CD with Power Points that you can customize to help you present your lessons.
ARRL currently has no plans to produce a revised Instructor's Manual for the new General Class question pool effective July 1, 2011.
To take advantage of the Instructor/Teacher discount you must be registered for an online account. Learn More. Learn more about ordering products using your discount through the Instructor Discount Program.
Please review the Copyright information that applies to ARRL license preparation publications.
Below, you will find additional reference material useful to you as an instructor and to your students who are preparing for any one of the license exams. You’ll find math tutorials, tutorials on scientific notation and a host of other links to reference materials you can employ in your instruction or direct your students to.
You'll also find the graphics and image files from our Extra Class License Manual, 9th edition, available for you to download and incorporate in your instructional materials. Certain restrictions apply.
- Understanding Basic Electronics
- Basic Radio
- The ARRL Handbook
All of the above may be purchased from the ARRL online store.
These articles will help you get organized and prepare yourself to take on the task of teaching to a variety of audiences and age groups.
- Teacher’s Guide to Amateur Radio Instruction, by Peter Kemp, KZ1Z
- Insights on Connecting with Students from Randy Hatfield, AG6RH
- Joshua Long, KD8BVB, expresses his views on outreach to teens in his article, We Must Reach Them to Teach Them!
Resources including instructional kits and lesson plans developed for ARRL’s Education & Technology Program, ARRL's outreach program to bring ham radio into the classroom, are also available to licensing instructors.
The following instructional kits are availabe in the ARRL store. The instructor discount applies to purchases of these kits.
A Basic Electronics Course and Kit developed by Mark Spencer, WA8SME, is available to use for individual study or group instruction. You can download the course script or purchase the already assembled kit.
A Wave Modulation Demonstration Board also developed by Mark Spencer used in combination with an projection capable oscillosocpe is very useful for demonstrating some of the foundational concepts in radio. For more information, click here. To purchase, click here.
Exam practice tools will help your students identify areas where they need to do more preparation-- or ask for more instruction!-- before taking the exam
The latest editions of all of ARRL's study guides include a CD with software that provides for organizing questions for practice by chapter, by question pool subelement, and flagging questions that are missed for a second review. The software will also generate practice exams on the desktop or to download and print.
You may also direct your students to other shared exam practice resources developed by other hams.
Shared Instructional Resources and Study Guides
Links below will take you to instructional resources developed by radio amateurs that are being shared with the amateur radio community for use by others engaged in instruction and mentoring.
When looking for shared materials to support instruction for the General exam, be sure to note whether the materials have been updated to reference the new pool of questions for the General exam effective July 1, 2011.
- K3DIO’s Amateur Radio Resources for Instruction updated for the Technician question pool effective July 1, 2010 and now for the General question pool effective July 1, 2011. Bob Bytheway also provides powerpoints for Extra class instruction.
- N8KBR’s Amateur Radio License Study Guides and Instruction Resources
- Licensing instruction for Public Safety Professionals from KC0BS and KC4WCG of Johnson County, KS ARES. Also a study guide for upgrading to General and a Guide for New Hams from K4OCD.
- AD7FO’s Extra Class study guide for the July 2012 question pool. Complete with calculations needed to respond to exam questions as well as supplementary explanations of some concepts. Instructors may request an MS Word version on CD.
- AD7FO's General Class study guide for the July 2011 question pool.
- AD7FO's Technician Class study guide for the July 2010 question pool
- KB6NU’s Self Study Guides for the Technician and General exams. Also useful for instruction with youth and small groups.
- NC4FB has developed a variety of resources to assist instruction and self-study. These include flash cards for exam prep sessions, group discussions with remote instructor support features that students can join to discuss difficult questions and receive help from their instructor, and a question look-up feature to locate particular questions in the exam pools using text search. He also offers a "kid friendly" license self-study license program that is designed to be guided by a mentor as well as aids for mentors who are working with visually impaired students.
- PowerPoints of Technician and General exam questions in question pool order for review from MicroHams. Home study sheets for students are provided.
- Instructional materials for the Technician and General Class licenses including video clips demonstrating frequency and amplitude modulation.
Instructors have shared these ideas for demonstrating concepts in the licensing curriculum.
Though Morse code requirements have been eliminated there is still strong interest in becoming proficient at CW operation.
You can refer students who are interested in learning and practicing Morse code to our online resource page at Learn Morse Code for basic instructions and practice tools.
If you are working with a young audience, some specific ideas are presented on our Helping Kids Discover Morse Code page.
Read the current newsletter or review past issues for ideas and stories of successful instructional activities.
Find the complete question pools used for FCC amateur radio license exams, and a list of questions that have been retracted since publication.
Recognize your students' achievements with a certificate! You can download and print a Graduation Certificate to recognize completion of your class and a First Contact Award to recognize a first on-the-air contact. Then you can personalize the form with your student(s)' name(s). If you have too many awards to complete by hand, contact us for a template you can use with Word Mail Merge to personalize your certificates using your home printer.
Or you can order a Graduation Kit from the ARRL Education Services office. Graduation Kits include copies of the Graduation Certificate, First Contact Award, a color band chart and Worked All States (WAS) map, along with an ARRL membership invitation.
The newest addition to the Graduation Kit is a flyer with a copy of the US Amateur Radio Technician Privileges Band Chart and a student offer of a free copy of "Getting Started with Ham Radio" with a membership subscription.
Use this online form to order a Graduation Kit. Please provide at least 2 weeks advance notice.
This is a new volume from ARRL author, Steve Ford WB8IMY that provides valuable information for new radio amateurs. Instructors may want to incorporate some of this material in licensing classroom curriculum or provide it as part of a follow up class after students receive their license. Available from the ARRL online store.
David Haycock KI6AWR has developed a curriculum that is focused on practical skills to get new licensees comfortable with getting on the air. He has shared hiscourse outline
with us. The syllabus walks through the topics of simplex and repeaters, programming radios and simplex and repeater protocols. Students are also required to participate in a weekly net.
A cross-reference between the current General question pool released in 2007 and the new one released in 2011 to be effective July 1, 2011.
A cross-reference between the current Technician question pool released in 2006 and the current one released in February 2010, which will be in effect July 1, 2010
You can direct your students to these tutorials for review of math concepts needed for amateur radio license exam preparation.
These graphics and images are the property of the ARRL, but may be used by instructors for the purpose of classroom license instruction with appropriate attribution given to ARRL as the source.
If you have trouble downloading the zipped file, please contact ARRL Education Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a CD copy.
A cross-reference between the current Extra question pool released in 2008 and the new one released in 2012 to be effective July 1, 2012.
Bob Raffaele, W2XM has created interactive exam preparation study resources modeled after the popular television game show, Jeapardy!® He has produced two Tech level, two General level and one Extra level games.
Download the games or contact the author at W2XM@ARRL.NET to receive the files by e-mail and to request additional versions of the games. Bob can also send you a schematic of his "Serious ‘XM Exam-prep Jepperdee" hardware set.
Download these files to your laptop to play for students to introduce them to the many digital modes radio amateurs employ (all files presented below are in wav format except as noted).
JT65 (mp3 format)
If you have Internet access in your classroom you'll find a large collection of digital mode samples on this site:
After the model of the popular "Trivial Pursuit", Dan Romanichik KB6NU has developed materials using Technician exam questions to stage a game of "Technician Pursuit."
Dan has prepared and formatted the questions so you can make your own game.
A cross-reference between the current Technician question pool released in 2010 and the new one released in 2014 to be effective July 1, 2014. This will tell you which questions have been modified, deleted and added to the FCC question pool for the Technician exam.