The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual
All you need to become an Amateur Radio Operator
This book may be used for Technician license exams given beginning July 1,2010.
QST and the ARRL Web site (www.arrl.org) will have news about any rules changes affecting the Technician class license or any of the material in this book.
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|Welcome to Amateur Radio|
|1.1 What is Amateur Radio?||1-1|
|1.2 The FCC and Licensing||1-12|
|1.3 Amateur Radio Activities||1-14|
|1.4 Getting Your Ham Radio License||1-19|
|Radio and Signals Fundamentals|
|2.1 Radio Signals and Waves||2-1|
|2.3 Radio Equipment Basics||2-11|
|Electricity, Components, and Circuits|
|3.2 Components and Units||3-6|
|3.3 Types of Radios and Radio Circuits||3-15|
|Propagation, Antennas, and Feed Lines|
|4.2 Antenna Fundamentals||4-5|
|4.3 Feed Lines and SWR||4-8|
|4.4 Practical Antenna Systems||4-11|
|Amateur Radio Equipment|
|5.1 Transmitters and Receivers||5-1|
|5.2 Digital Communications||5-8|
|5.3 Power Supplies and Batteries||5-14|
|5.4 RF Interference (RFI)||5-18|
|5.5 RF Grounding||5-23|
|Communicating With Other Hams|
|6.7||Special Activities, Modes and Techniques||6-29|
|7.2||Working with the FCC||7-9|
|7.3||Bands and Privileges||7-10|
|8.5||Remote and Automatic Operation||8-10|
|Technician Class Exam Question Pool|
|Subelement T1 – FCC Rules||11-3|
|Subelement T2 – Operating Procedures||11-15|
|Subelement T3 – Radio Waves||11-21|
|Subelement T4 – Amateur Radio Practices||11-27|
|Subelement T5 – Electrical Principles||11-31|
|Subelement T6 – Electrical Components||11-39|
|Subelement T7 – Station Equipment||11-48|
|Subelement T8 – Operating Activities and Modes||11-58|
|Subelement T9 – Antennas & Feed Lines||11-66|
|Subelement TO – Safety||11-70|
|Supplement — Choosing a Ham Radio Amateur Radio Vendor Advertisements|
The Adventure Begins!
Congratulations! You’ve taken your first step into a hobby—and a service—that knows no limits. Amateur Radio is a worldwide network of people from various cultures, united by a common love of wireless communication. Amateur Radio is as old as radio itself, and its future is no less fantastic than its past.
For most people, Amateur Radio is a lifelong pursuit. We want to make sure you get a good start, which is why we’ve published this book. But first, who are “we” ?