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, 2020
- Practice for your exam with ARRL's online Exam Review for Ham Radio
- Detailed explanations for all questions, including FCC rules
- Online supplement with additional reference links for more information
2016 edition is available! preparing you for the FCC exam beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020
Extra Class License Resources
Study for the Extra License
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Extra Class Question Pool
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