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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, and as they are uploaded the links will be live. Good luck!
- 1.1 The General Class License and amateur radio (G1) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 1.2 How to use this book (the License Manual) (G2) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 1.3 The Upgrade Trail (G3), Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 2.1 HF Operating Techniques (G4) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 2.2 Emergency Operation (G5) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 3.1 Regulatory Bodies (G6) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 3.2 Amateur Licensing Rules (G7) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 3.3 Control Operator Privileges (G8) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 3.4 Technical Rules and Standards (G9) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 4.1 Power and Decibels (G10) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 4.2 AC Power (G11) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 4.3 Basic Components (G12) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 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) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 5.2 Radio’s Building Blocks (G18) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 5.3 Transmitters (G19) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 5.4 Receivers (G20) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 5.5 HF Station Installation (G21). Special thanks to Lew French, now K0LMF, for demonstrating his mobile installation! Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 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). Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 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) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 7.3 Loop Antennas (G29) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 7.4 Specialized Antennas (G30)
- 7.5 Feed Lines (G31) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 8.1 The Ionosphere (G32) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 8.2 The Sun (G33) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 8.3 Scatter Modes (G34) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 9.1 Electrical Safety (G35) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 9.2 RF Exposure (G36) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 9.3 Outdoor Safety (G37) Updated for 2019-2023 Edition
- 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!