How To Get Your Ham Radio License
Like a Driver's License, ANYONE who is determined can get a Ham License. There are multiple ways to study for the Ham Radio License Exam:
1) Buy, Read, and Study the Mannual -"The Ham Radio License Manual" costs roughly $29.66 and can be purchased from Amazon or the ARRL. If you decide to go this router, be sure to get the 4th Edition. The license manual contains an easy to follow tutorial as well as all the questions in the exam pool (indluding the correct answers). The test itself is a random selection of 35 questions from the pool of questions found in the book.
2) Use Online Study Resources - Rather than focus on studying the material, many people focus their studies on memmorizing the answers in the question pool. This is an accepted and practical way to pass the exam. If trying to memmorize the answers, the best way is to read the question, and ONLY the corect answer. Keep in mind, in the actual exam the answers will be displayed in a different order than how they appear in the study guides. HamStudy provides a free study guide and Practice Exams. Register is their system, use their study guide, and test your skills using Practice Exam. Memorizing the answer is tedious, but it is a very effective and common way to pass the exam. Once you are able to conisistently pass the practice exams with 85%, you are ready to take the Real Exam. There is another online tool called HamTestOnline that provids the same services as HamStudy, but it is more educational and provides a more systematic way of studying. Unlike Hamstudy, this other website, HamTestOnline charges a fee, but it is a great website. HamTestsOnline's "study" feature is the way I am studying for my Ham Extra Class License, so I can personally attest to the expense as being worthwhile. HamTestOnline is free to try out, so you have nothing to loose, try it out and see what you think! Instead of buying the Book consider paying for HamTestOnline instead!
* Your Goal should be to Pass The License Exam! Although it is nice to learn the material, your primary goal should be to pass the exam. Once you have passed the Exam you will not need to know most of the material on the exam. Most of the knowledge you use as a licensed ham will be aquaired as you begin to use your radio. Your license is your access pass that allows you to use a ham radio and is your "Ticket" into the hobby and social circles where the real fun and learning will occur.