Amateur Extra Class Ham License — On-Line Help for Your Self Study

Yes, it's "Amateur Extra," as you can see from my own license. But everyone just calls it "Extra."

Yes, it’s “Amateur Extra,” as you can see from my own license. But everyone just calls it “Extra.”

You may have been redirected here from www.ke0og.net/extra. You’re in the right place! Does this method of video-aided self study work? Click here to read a selection of the numerous comments I get.

Is it “Amateur Extra” or just “Extra?” Well, technically it’s “Amateur Extra,” but everyone just calls it “Extra.”

Studying for your Extra Class Ham Radio License

The Amateur Extra Class License is the top level of amateur radio licenses and conveys all amateur radio privileges. Watch the video below to learn how these videos work hand-in-hand with the manual. It tells you what self-study manual to buy and where to get it.

Guided Self Study

The manual is designed to support both self-study and classroom training, but sometimes neither works—self-study might be a little overwhelming, and sometimes an elmer (a mentor) is not available. That’s where this series of videos comes in—each provides an introduction to the material in the manual. Out here where I live in Southwestern Colorado, there aren’t very many people, let alone hams! That’s why I’ve created these videos. This divides the material into convenient chunks—short videos followed by short sections of self study. Enough – let’s watch this eight minute video!

The links I talked about

The 11th Edition of the ARRL Extra Class License Manual For Ham Radio is a mandatory adjunct to this course. In fact, just as with the Technician set of videos and the General set of videos, it is the course! Just to reiterate: you need the manual! These videos give you an overview of the sections you’ll be studying, along with a few videos of how things actually work. So here’s the paradigm: each video introduces a section of the text, which you then study. Try out the test questions, then come back for the next section’s video.

You can get the 11th Edition ARRL Extra Class License Manual by via Amazon by clicking on this link. It’s actually somewhat less expensive on Amazon than at the ARRL website, and Amazon’s shipping charges are less too, which will save you a few dollars. NOTE: You want the 11th Edition. Any earlier editions are great books, but will not fully prepare you for the current question set, valid July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2020.

There’s an Extra Class License Manual Support Page on the ARRL website that provides additional material to supplement the manual. Also, and this is imperative, the League has listed six pages of errata for the 11th Edition of the Extra Class manual, which you can find by clicking here.

If you have a question about any section, simply post a comment under that particular video or directly on YouTube. Others may have the same question! I’ll post a reply to every question.

All the videos

All videos have been updated to the 11th Edition of the license manual. NOTE: All of these videos are available on a single thumb drive. See here for details.

  • Chapter 1, Introduction and Overview, click here to view the introductory video
  • Section 2.1, General Operating, click here to view the introductory video
  • Section 2.2, Digital Mode Operating, click here to view the introductory video
  • Section 2.3, Amateur Satellites, consists of two videos.
    • Part 1: Orbital mechanics. Click here to view the introductory video.
    • Part 2: Telecommunications aspects of amateur satellites. Click here to view the introductory video.
  • Section 3.1, Operating Standards, click here to view the introductory video
  • Section 3.2, Station Restrictions, click here to view the introductory video
  • Section 3.3, Station Control, click here to view the introductory video
  • Section 3.4, Amateur-Satellite Service, click here to view the introductory video.
  • Section 3.5, Volunteer Examiner Program, click here to view the introductory video.
  • Section 3.6, Miscellaneous Rules, click here to view the introductory video
  • Section 4.1, Radio Mathematics, click here to view the introductory video
  • Section 4.2, Electric and Magnetic Fields, click here to view the introductory video
  • Section 4.3, Principles of Circuits, consists of two videos:
    • Part 1: Time constants, phase angle, complex impedance, and reactive power and power factor, click here for introductory video
    • Part 2: Resonance, Q (quality factor), magnetic cores, click here for introductory video
  • Section 5.1, Semiconductor Devices, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 5.2, Display Devices, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 5.3, Digital Logic, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 5.4, Optoelectronics, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 6.1, Amplifiers, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 6.2, Signal Processing, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 6.3, Digital Signal Processing and Software-Defined Radio, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 6.4, Filters and Impedance Matching, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 6.5, Power Supplies, click here for the introductory video.
  • Section 7.1, AC Waveforms and Measurements, click here for the introductory video.
  • Section 7.2, Test Equipment, click here for the introductory video.
  • Section 7.3, Modulation Systems, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 7.4, Interference and Noise, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 8.1, Modulation Systems, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 8.2, Digital Protocols and Modes, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 8.3, Amateur Television, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 9.1, Basics of Antennas, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 9.2, Practical Antennas, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 9.3, Antenna Systems, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 9.4, Transmission Lines, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 9.5, Antenna Design, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 10.1, Solar Effects, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 10.2, HF Propagation, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 10.3, VHF/UHF/Microwave Propagation, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 11.1, Hazardous Materials, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 11.2, RF Exposure, click here for the introductory video
  • Section 11.3, Grounding and Bonding, click here for the introductory video
  • Final Preparation to Take Your Examination: the video explaining exam prep for the Tech license is equally valid for Extra. You can watch it here.

What do you do when you’re ready to take the test?

Go to www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/search, enter your zip code, and search for an examination session in your area. Good luck!

Yes I want your comments!

No instructional course is ever complete, nor is it perfect. Please comment! Please put the comments right on the same post as the video you’re commenting about. Or, you can comment on the video on YouTube. Don’t worry, I see them all!

Have fun!

There’s probably a ham radio club near you. Go to www.arrl.org/find-a-club to locate a club near you. Attend their meetings and introduce yourself. You’ll find yourself instantly among friends. And your new friends can provide assistance as you study for your test. After you pass your test, they can help you get on the air, too. Enjoy!

64 Responses to Amateur Extra Class Ham License — On-Line Help for Your Self Study

  1. MUHAMMAD AZIZ UL HAQ says:

    Hi
    I am really thankful to you for giving us an opportunity to ask any question related to antenna design. Here is my question: Usually in microstrip antennas people would like to have slots on radiator, ground plane or in feedline. May i know what is the basic purpose of it? Is there any method to find the position to create slots? Also, please reffer any paper or book related to this.

    Thank You very much in advance.

  2. Paul Brown, KD2LXQ says:

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks in part, a significant part, a passed my Extra exam yesterday at a VE session in Poughkeepsie, NY.

    I posted the comment below which mentions your excellent work on my QRZ.com page.
    Thanks for your help and all you do for Hams and Ham radio.
    Paul KD2LXQ

    Whew! Passed the Extra Exam 2017.01.29 at the VE session held in Poughkeepsie, NY. Thanks to the VEC and the Ves who volunteered from the Mt. Beacon ARC and the Orange County ARC.

    To prepare for the exam I studied and used the following:

    The ARRL Extra Class License Manual

    The ARRL Exam Review website
    http://arrlexamreview.appspot.com

    The Ham Test Online.com interactive learning website.
    https://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/contact.htm
    The above is an awesome site based on scientifically proven principles of how people learn exactly the type of material on all three Ham License Tests.
    Be prepared to invest the study time .
    I logged 60 hours plus additional time with the ARRL License Manual and the ARRL Exam Review website (belt and suspenders).
    I heartily recommend Ham Test Online to those who not only want to pass the exam but actually learn during the process.

    The Dave Casler KE0OG website.
    http://dcasler.com/ham-radio/extra/
    Dave Casler is an excellent teacher and provides the ‘glue’ needed to truly understand the science and the principles behind the exam questions.
    He also has some excellent animations, demonstrations, examples and suggestions for further study.

    The YouTube Page of W2AEW – Alan Wolke
    Particularly the lesson on I Q Signals and I Q modulation and demodulation.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_7d-m1ehoY&t=164s
    A good teacher with a pleasant manner and excellent illustrations and demonstratons with oscilloscopes and other test instruments. This young man knows his stuff.

    73 Take care.
    Paul, KD2LXQ

  3. Fred Cox - KE0KUZ/AG says:

    Thank you for your videos, Dave. I greatly appreciate your taking the time and effort to put them together. They have helped me a lot in my study for the exams. I passed my Technician exam in November, and this morning I passed my General exam. Your videos not only introduce new material, but they seem to help lock important concepts and facts into my brain. This evening, I’m starting to study for my Amateur Extra exam, and, of course, my first step is to watch your videos prior to each section of the manual. You’re a great teacher and presenter, Dave. I say that as a fellow teacher, having taught computer science, physics, and math at the college level. I wish you a long, healthy life, complete with the satisfaction that you have been a significant blessing to many people. 73

  4. Dave says:

    Hi, thanks for your idea. I am not an expert at any of the automotive stuff, so I keep my videos focused on amateur radio.

  5. Rathnakara Hande says:

    It would be nice if you could release a similar series on automobile rf systems covering remote, ECU and antennas working in 433.92MHz/330 MHz executing functions such as keyless entry, immobiliser, vehicle location indication etc…

  6. Rusty & Susan Van Deusen says:

    Dave…your videos have been extremely helpful. I passed my extra after watching all the video’s and studying through the ARRL manual. Thanks so much…and I hope to hear you on 20!

    Rusty
    W3ECP

  7. priya says:

    Hi Dave

    I want to know about the design of metal plate dipole antenna on white space band.
    and your videos are really helpful for me thanks for the videos.

  8. Dave says:

    Yes, the updated book is on order. I’ll issue supplemental videos as necessary.

  9. Dave says:

    I’ve ordered the new book. I’ll evaluate the changes and may add some supplemental videos.

  10. K5JSG says:

    Just wondering if you plan on updating these videos to the new extra questions that become effective July 1st, 2016? I am planning on upgrading, and usually do better learning in classroom enviroments. These videos appear to be the closest I’ll find. Too bad I didn’t find them sooner.

  11. Laarry Eisenberg says:

    Hi Dave,

    I ran into your videos on YouTube and here on your web.
    How soon are your videos going to coincide with the July 1st question pool?
    Keep up the great work.

  12. Dave says:

    You’re welcome! 73

  13. WB5WBW says:

    Passed my Extra class examination today. Thanks for the videos!

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