General Book Section Media

Welcome to the HamRadioSchool.com General Book Section Media page! Here you’ll find compendium material for the HamRadioSchool.com General License Course book for the question pool 2015-2019. Each section is laid out like the book, and includes an interactive and downloadable quiz, PDFs, audio files, video files and links to other related material to help you “Really Get It!” To view the interactive quizzes, you’ll need to have Javascript enabled. PDFs require the Adobe Acrobat plug-in.
0.0 Before We Begin
About the General License Course (URL)
Load of Modes (URL)
Learning the Lingo (PDF)
Mode Characteristics (MP3-4.5mb)
Common Ham Radio Terms (PDF)1.0 Rules & Regs
1.1 Bands & Privileges
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BSA Ops at Summer Camp (URL)
ARRL Band Plan Chart (URL)

1.2 Special Services
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RACES (URL)
ARES (ARRL) (URL)

1.3 DX and Details
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FCC Part 97 Regs (URL)
IARP Info (ARRL) (URL)
CEPT Info (ARRL) (URL)
US 3rd Party Nations (URL)
ITU (URL)

2.0 Operating Your Radio
2.1 Good Amateur Practices
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Phonetic Alphabets (URL)
(T1E04) Transmitting Privileges (URL)
Phonetics Audio (MP3 – 964kb)
Signal Reports (URL)

2.2 Operating Techniques
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VHF Contesting with a Portable Station (URL)
VHF Contesting (YouTube)
Split Mode Ops (URL)
(E2C12) DX Techniques (URL)
Amateur Satellite Contacts (URL)
Simplex, Duplex, Offset and Split (URL)
(T2B13) SSB Above 50 MHz (URL)
SSB on 2-meters (URL)

2.3 CW
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Q Signals (PDF)

2.4 Digital Modes
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(G2E12) Auto Repeat Query – ARQ (URL)
(G8C08) PSK31 Varicode (URL)

3.0 Propagation
3.1 Solar Activity
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Sunspots & Propagation (URL)
(G3A10) Variable Propagation Conditions (URL)
Solar Conditions/Sunspots/Radio Sun (URL)

3.2 Ionosphere & Magnetosphere
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D Layer Absorption (URL)
(E2C12) DX Techniques (URL)

3.3 Operational Impacts
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NVIS Propagation (URL)
(T3A08) Skip Signal Fade (URL)
(T3C04) Propagation Types (URL)
Peak to Peak Ops (YouTube)
HF Propogation Report (URL)
Band Propogation Reports (URL)
NVIS Ops (URL)

4.0 How Radio Works
4.1 AM and SSB
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The Superheterodyne Receiver (URL)
SSB Transmit Power: Audio Required! (URL)
Understanding Single Sideband (with video) (URL/YouTube)
Single Sideband (URL)
Visualizing the Audio Band (YouTube)
Demodulation (YouTube)

4.2 FM
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(G8B06) Carson’s Rule (URL)
FM Repeaters (URL)

4.3 Signal Processing
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Intro to Digital Signal Processing (URL)
(E7F01) Direct Digital Conversion (URL)
(T7A04) Receiver Signal Discrimination (URL)
(T4B09) SSB Receive Filter (URL)

5.0 Antennas
5.1 Antenna Theory and Principles
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Antennas – How many do I need? (URL)
(G9C19) dBi vs. dBd (URL)
Flag Pole Antenna (URL)
(T3A04) Polarization (URL)
Polarization (YouTube)
Mobile Installations (URL)
Mobile Installations RFI Problems (URL)
Portable Vertical Antenna (URL)
(G9B08) Dipole Impedance (URL)
NVIS Antenna (URL)

5.2 Directional Antennas
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(G9C02) Yagi Driven Element (URL)
(G9D06) Log Periodic Antenna (URL)
Yagi and Lightbulb Dipole (YouTube)

5.3 SWR & Impedance Matching
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(T7C04) SWR (URL)
Good SWR and Antenna Resonance (URL)
(T9B05) Coaxial Losses (URL)
Antenna Q Factor (URL)
(G9B08) Dipole Impedance (URL)
Trimming a Dipole (URL)

6.0 Hamtronics
6.1 Power and Principles
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(T5D02) Voltage Calculation (URL)
(G5B09) RMS Voltage (URL)
(G5B03) Power Calculation (URL)
(E5D06) Magnetic Field Orientation (URL)

6.2 Components
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(E6A03) Semiconductor Materials (URL)
Figure T1 (URL)
(T6A06) Inductors (URL)

6.3 Series & Parallel Components
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(G5C04) Series and Parallel Components (URL)

6.4 Impedance & Reactance
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Complex Impedance Part 1 (URL)
Complex Impedance Part 2 (URL)
Complex Impedance Part 3 (URL)
(G5A06) Capacitive Reactance (URL)

6.5 Power Sources
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(G5C06) Transformer Windings (URL)
(G5C16) Transformer Windings Diameters (URL)
(G7A01) Bleeder Resistors (URL)

6.6 Amps & Tubes
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(G6B10) Vacuum Tubes (URL)

6.7 ICs and Computers
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(E7G12) Op Amp (URL)
(E6D05) Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) (URL)

6.8 Measurement
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Ten Uses for a Digital Multimeter (URL)
(E4A02) Spectrum Analyzer (URL)

6.9 Avoiding Interference
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(T4A08) Grounding Conductors (URL)
(T7B03) Radio Frequency Interference (URL)
(T4B05) Ignition Interference (URL)
(T7B09) Part 15 Devices (URL)

7.0 Safety
7.1 Electrical & Antenna Precautions
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(T0B08) Tower Grounding (URL)
(T0C07) RF Burn (URL)

7.2 RF Safety
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RF Exposure – Evaluating Your Station (URL)
(T0C04) RF Exposure (URL)
Online RF Safety Calculator
ARRL RF Safety Information