A list of noteworthy books

Before you jump to the list of book titles below, each justifiably claiming to be a ham radio license study guide of some form or other, please read this to put you in the proper context.

A license is required to ensure operators have the necessary knowledge and proficiency to use the shared radio spectrum and their allocated frequency bands responsibly. Here is an overview of the requirements and responsibilities associated with obtaining and "keeping" a ham radio license.

Ham radio is considered a public service, often used in emergency situations. The entry-level license requirements vary by country. The more advanced licenses allow for additional privileges, such as transmitting on more bands of frequencies and building or modifying transmitting equipment.

Each country has "levels" of ham radio licenses. For example:

  • The United States have three, called "classes": Technician, General, and Extra Class
  • Canada has two: Basic and Advanced
  • The UK has three: Fondation, Intermediate and "Full license"
  • Australia has three: Foundation, Standard and Advanced.

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Aspiring ham radio operator prepping for the exam.Aspiring Ham Radio Operator

To prepare for the license exam, I strongly recommend understanding the subject matter rather than simply memorizing it.

As a licensed ham radio operator, you will have to abide by the regulations governing amateur radio communications in your country.

I also wish to underline the importance of following internationally accepted operating procedures and ethics to maintain harmony and efficient use of the ham bands.

The Ham Radio License Study Guide
My List of Books

This list is by no means complete but it contains the most noteworthy titles. Each book covers the topic from a slightly different angle.

Some books contain a ham radio license practice test. Please do not skip doing them!

License Study Guide Books For US Citizens


ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 5th Edition – Complete Study Guide with Question Pool to Pass the Technician Class Amateur Radio Exam

ARRL's Tech Q&A 8th Edition – Quick and Easy Path to Your First Ham Radio License

Ham Radio License Manual - 30 Practice Tests (All 1500+ Questions) for the ARRL Technician, General, and Extra Class Exams: [Covers 2022 Update]

The Ham Radio Prep Technician Class License Manual (2022 - 2026)

The Fast Track to Your Technician Class Ham Radio License: Covers all FCC Technician Class Exam Questions July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2026

Technician Class: Pass Your Amateur Radio Technician Class Test - The Easy Way

Ham Radio School Technician License Course 2022-2026

The Fast Track to Getting Started in Ham Radio (Fast Track Ham License Series)

2022-2026 Technician Class Amateur Radio Preparation

Amateur Radio Technician Class Licensing: For 2022 through 2026 License Examinations

Ham Radio Technician License Flash Cards: Ham Radio Tech Flashcard Study Guide for the ARRL Ham Radio Technician Class Exam

Ham Radio Technician Class Test Study Guide 2022 - 2026: Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Technician License

Ham Radio License Manual: [9 in 1] Ace the Technician Class Amateur Radio Exam on Your First Try with No Effort | Test Questions, Answer Keys & Tips to Score a 98% Pass Rate


ARRL General Class License Manual 10th Edition – Complete Study Guide with Questions and Answers for Upgrading Your Ham Radio License

ARRL's General Q&A 7th Edition – Quick and Easy Path to Upgrading to a General Class Ham Radio License

The Ham Radio Prep General Class License Manual (2023 - 2027)

Ham Radio School General License Course 2023-2027

Ham Radio General License Exam Flashcard Study System: Ham Radio Test Practice Questions & Review for the Ham Radio General License Exam (Cards)

Pass Your Amateur Radio General Class Test - The Easy Way: 2023-2027 Edition

The Fast Track to Your General Class Ham Radio License: Comprehensive preparation for all FCC General Class Exam Questions July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2027


The Fast Track to Your Extra Class Ham Radio License: Covers all FCC Amateur Extra Class Exam Questions July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2024 (Fast Track Ham License Series)

The Fast Track to Mastering Extra Class Ham Radio Math: For exams administered July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2024

The Ham Radio Prep Extra Class License Manual

License Study Guide Books For Canadian Citizens

Hamstudy Basic 2021/2022: Everything you need to know for your Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Exam

Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide 9th Edition, 5th printing,2023

Canadian Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Study Guide 2nd edition, 3rd printing

Amateur Radio License training Books for UK Citizens

All three training books bundle: Foundation, Standard and "Full license".

Books to Prep for the Australian Amateur Radio License

The Foundation Manual - Your Entry Into Amateur Radio

So. There you are. Of course, there are many more books out there claiming to be a good ham radio license study guide. But the ones above are those that I consider most significant and useful in helping you get the class of license that you want.

Wishing you the best of luck... and unwavering perseverance.

Claude - VE2DPE

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