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Studying for your General Class Ham Radio License
The General Class License is the middle level of amateur radio licenses and has vastly-increased privileges on the HF bands—you can use these to talk with the world!
Guided Self Study
Although the book is self study, sometimes it’s helpful to have a guide. That’s why I’ve created this video guide to your self study. It’s in convenient chunks of short videos followed by short sections of self study.
The Lesson Manual
This is the lesson manual. You really do need to get it: the videos are based on this book. The videos only introduce the material. You need the book! Be sure to get the 9th edition, valid from 1 July 2019 through 30 June 2023. You can use the link in the ad below to get the book from Amazon.
Each video introduces a section of the Manual, which you then study. Try out the test questions, then come back for the next session.
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.
There’s a General Class License Manual Support Page on the ARRL website that provides additional material to supplement the manual.
If you have a question about any section, simply post a comment under that particular video. Others may have the same question! I’ll post my reply to every question.
All the videos
Each link takes you to YouTube. After you’ve viewed the video and perhaps read the comments (or left one yourself), return to this page. Be sure to keep track of where you are! The videos are numbered the same way the sections are numbered in the license manual. Good luck! All videos have been updated for the 9th (2019-2023) Edition
- 1.1 The General Class License and amateur radio (G1)
- 1.2 How to use this book (the License Manual) (G2)
- 1.3 The Upgrade Trail (G3),
- 2.1 HF Operating Techniques (G4)
- 2.2 Emergency Operation (G5)
- 3.1 Regulatory Bodies (G6)
- 3.2 Amateur Licensing Rules (G7)
- 3.3 Control Operator Privileges (G8)
- 3.4 Technical Rules and Standards (G9)
- 4.1 Power and Decibels (G10)
- 4.2 AC Power (G11)
- 4.3 Basic Components (G12)
- 4.4 Reactance and Impedance (G13)
- 4.5 Active Components (G14)
- 4.6 Practical Circuits (G15)
- 4.7 Basic Test Equipment (G16)
- 5.1 Basic Modes and Bandwidth (G17)
- 5.2 Radio’s Building Blocks (G18)
- 5.3 Transmitters (G19)
- 5.4 Receivers (G20)
- 5.5 HF Station Installation (G21). Special thanks to Lew French, now K0LMF, for demonstrating his mobile installation!
- 6.1 Basics of Digital Modes (G22)
- 6.2 Character-Based Modes (G23)
- 6.3 Packet-Based Modes and Systems (G24)
- 6.4 Receiving and Transmitting Digital Modes (G25)
- 6.5 Digital Operating Procedures (G26)
- 7.1A Dipoles, Ground-planes (G27A).
- 7.1B Antenna Basics—A Review (G27B). Okay for 2019-2023 Edition This video is a little longer and provides background for the entire Antenna section. (For whatever reason, this is by far and away the most popular video I’ve ever made—over 195,000 views!)
- 7.2 Yagi Antennas (G28)
- 7.3 Loop Antennas (G29)
- 7.4 Specialized Antennas (G30)
- 7.5 Feed Lines (G31)
- 8.1 The Ionosphere (G32)
- 8.2 The Sun (G33)
- 8.3 Scatter Modes (G34)
- 9.1 Electrical Safety (G35)
- 9.2 RF Exposure (G36)
- 9.3 Outdoor Safety (G37)
- Preparation to Take Your Examination (T37) Still current for 2019-2023 Edition
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!
There’s probably a ham radio club near you (and with your Technician Class license, hopefully you’re a member of one!). 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 equip yourself for your new privileges, too. Enjoy!