Upgrading to an Extra License

LEVEL 3: Extra Class License

  • Exam Requirement: 50-question Extra written exam (Element 4).
  • License Privileges: All Amateur band privileges. 

General licensees may upgrade to Extra Class by passing a 50-question
multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required. In addition
to some of the more obscure regulations, the test covers specialized
operating practices, advanced electronics theory and radio equipment
design. Non-licensed individuals must pass Element 2, Element 3 and
Element 4 written exams to earn an Extra License. The FCC grants exam
element 3 credit to individuals that previously held certain older types of
licenses. Find valid forms of Examination Element Credit.

The HF bands can be awfully crowded, particularly at the top of the solar
cycle. Once one earns HF privileges, one may quickly yearn for more room.
The Extra Class license is the answer. Extra Class licensees are authorized
to operate on all frequencies allocated to the Amateur Service.

ARRL Extra Class License Manual

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 through June 30, 2016
  • Software included featuring the ARRL Exam Review CD-ROM
  • Detailed explanations for all questions, including FCC rules

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Why Should I Get Licensed?

Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. US licenses are good for 10 years before renewal and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government.

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Extra Class License Resources

  • Study for the Extra License

    Find resources to help you prepare to upgrade to an extra class license. Learn More

  • Extra Class Question Pool

    Check out how you can obtain a copy of the extra class question pool. Learn More

  • License Manual

    Everything you need to pass the Extra Class License exam, all in one book. Learn More

  • License Manual Guide

    Your guide to using the Extra Class License Manual and pass the exam. Learn More