There are many ways to prepare for an amateur radio license exam. You can use an ARRL License Manual for the class of license that you would like to obtain. Generally, you would take the Technician Class License exam first. You can take more than one level of exam at our exam sessions and we always have all 3 levels of exams available.
For the Technician Class License, we suggest the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 5th Edition (valid for exams given from July 1, 2022 thru June 30, 2026)
For the General Class License, we suggest the ARRL General Class License Manual 10th Edition
For the Extra Class License, we suggest the ARRL Extra Class License Manual 12th Edition (valid for exams given from July 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2024)
The ARRL offers Online Review and Practice Exams for all of their manuals.
These license manuals can be purchased locally at:
Redding Barnes & Noble Booksellers
1260 Churn Creek Road (the store will be moving to Hilltop Drive in the old Bed Bath & Beyond location late 2023)
Call for availability
We recommend that you call first to make sure that they have the specific license manual in stock.
You can also order these manuals on the ARRL shop or on Amazon.
If you like to study on-line, we suggest Ham Test Online. Several of our candidates have used Ham Test Online and recommend it highly.
Other web sites that offer practice exams for free are: