Extra Class Study

I’ve been too burned out the past year for doing any study much for my Extra Class license. But this is a great time for me to study with the current situation. Going to try to put in two hours a day this next week and get the brain cells working. Let me know if any of you are doing the same. Perhaps we can encourage one another.

73, Scott/KI5DJP

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Scott, That certainly is a fine idea. Right and proper way to keep the mind from excessive worry. I have been mentally exhausted worrying about loved ones far away. This is a perfect time to study for an upgrade of license. There is a pressure and urgency when studying for examination that demands greater focus than just casual learning, it might be just the remedy to quell a worried mind. Good posting for strange days…73

Let’s update each other on progress, Shane.

Yes indeed Scott. I believe I will begin studying by way of the free online resources, for I do not have an Extra Class book. I was able to do very well with the General test by using the online route. Although, the book might help me to handle the math portions in which I will be the weakest. Maybe I will get a book on the way by mail for good measure. I will holler at you by email, if I am able to get some momentum… Cheers and good study wishes from Prairie Creek.

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Excellent, Shane. I’m going to cover this topic for an upcoming presentation, and I will put together some resources and my study plan to share here for anyone interested.

I’m actually in chapter five in the manual and kinda lost motivation there. For some reason it’s been a hard one for me to move through.

I’ve got an excellent video link that has helped me enormously on the math chapter I’ll share.

A reminder: the question pool changes come July! Extra motivation. LOL

Give me a few days to pull things together.



OK. So here is my study plan. I passed both Tech and General after about six weeks of study. This was my method:

  • Watched the license prep videos by Gary Wise and crew (www.w4eey.com). Videos are posted on his website and on his YouTube channel.

  • I watched many of Dave Casler license prep videos also (https://www.youtube.com/user/davecasler). Dave does a great job on conceptional background for the material. Not essential, but very useful.

  • Worked my way through the appropriate ARRL license manuals a chapter at a time before I watched the video for that chapter

  • Used the online flash cards from https://hamexam.org/ and ARRL prep exams. AA9PW.com also has practice exams where you don’t have to log in to take the practice test. Drill, drill, drill!

  • Also, I downloaded the question pools (in PDF format) from ARRL for each license level. Save these on your computer. They make an excellent index, and I find it helpful to do a quick PDF search for the question and the page location in the manual for quick reference when I need to reread a section. (The indexes in the ARRL manuals are not very good, although the Extra Class index is better, and the numbering system for the questions in the manual is confusing.)

  • I found some chapter material was easy, others I bogged down and just had to dig in and plow through to get through it. The ARRL manuals are notoriously dull, but they do give the “official” version of what you need to know. I’ve found them useful for reference also after I pass the exam. Or donate them to a fellow ham to encourage them.

My plan for passing Extra is the same, although the question pool is about 750 questions, more than twice the questions for both Tech and General exams combined, so I am allowing about 8 weeks of solid study. Limit yourself to a couple of hours a day, or you will burn out.

Dan Ivey (see the Gary Wise videos) has two really great study videos on the math sections for all three levels of exam. Be sure to download and print off his PDF study handouts for the math equations. He does a superb job of teaching you how to actually do the calculations along with some cheat tips for the more difficult ones.

Finally, make it fun! See some humor in the process. Remember, this is a hobby.

Here’s the link to his math video for the Extra Class .

Hope this helps anyone trying to upgrade!



Now that’s a menu for success. Only the book and hamexam was on my agenda. I will follow as best as possible and see what transpires. Dave Casler has been solid entertainment, never watched his test coaching. The other mentions are new to me, looks like plenty of help on the math front. Rules & Regulations tend to come easy, electronics and math will be a challenge for myself. These should be usable resources I can access easily. Top Shelf posting Scott, much appreciated. 73

Just my two cents here, but I really like the content/study material/practice exams HamStudy.org provides. They also have a mobile app for your iPhone/Android but the app costs money. The website is free and it’s awesome.

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