(Real) Reviews

General Class

- At last! A study guide that is the perfect blend of questions, explanations, and just enough supporting material to keep it all interesting! I have been practice testing for months, passing 1 out of 10-15 attempts. After reading only half of this book, I took a couple of practice exams, and passed easily. I have since finished the book, and have not failed another practice test. What a confidence boost for when I take the test for real in a couple weeks. I VERY much look forward to the Extra class book from this author.

- Excellent Book. Well written. Great breakdown of difficult concepts.

- Michael Burnette does a great job to help prepare one to pass the General Class Ham Radio License.

- My friends tried to study with only apps or Youtube. I'm the only one that actually "learned " about ham.

- Awesome passed the test with 100%

- This book is extremely informative and contains vast amounts of information.

- Easy reading, and understanding what you need to know to pass the test!

- Great info, well presented and easy to follow.

- Good stuff

- I love the "Fast Track" books. I got my Technician license with Mike's Technician book and only missed 2 questions on the test. I am hoping for the same or better results on my General. Mike makes things interesting and fun with his "Fast Track" books. I will definitely get his book on the Extra license if I decide to pursue that test!!

- Using these books and audio are like studying with a buddy. Michael is a great teacher that makes learning the material easy and fun. The ONLY way to stidy for your test. Will use his guide for extra class when it comes out.

- Very well-done. Perfect for someone that wants to actually learn AND prep for the exam instead of just memorizing answers. I used the Audible version and enjoyed it. Dry but witty humor made the content easier to digest.

- love the Audio book as well as the digital version to follow along.

- Excellent audio book, listened to the technical book and the general and passed both exams in one sitting!
The middle level amateur radio license is the General Class License.

General Class opens up the HF, for High Frequency, bands to you. You'll be able to transmit on most of the ham frequencies from 160 meters through 10 meters.
Because those frequencies open up, many more modes of transmission become available to you, including Single Sideband Phone, and a vast array of digital modes.

In addition to more frequencies and more modes, when you get your General 
ticket, your on-the-air ham universe expands to encompass the entire globe! Getting your General opens up the possibility of working DX, talking with folks in other countries. (DX is short for "distance", and is ham shorthand for international conversations.) When it comes to expanding your possibilities within the hobby, in terms of what you might call your return on investment, the General Class license has to be one of the greatest bargains in the world.

Those General Class frequencies have gotten a lot easier to participate in over the years, too. Time was when working the HF bands meant you would be devoting a whole room of your home (or a big part of the basement) to housing big radios – a separate receiver, transmitter, antenna tuner, power amplifier, speaker, and all sorts of other stuff. That equipment could be cantankerous and undependable, too. Today, you can purchase an "all band" (HF, VHF, UHF) radio with amazing features folks never dreamed of in the old days, and the whole thing is about the size of a car stereo unit.

Perhaps you have dreams of working DX from a mountaintop with your portable rig, or adventuring off to a distant island on a DXpedition. Maybe you want to earn your WAS (Worked All States) or DXCC (DX Century Club, for working 100 foreign countries.)

Or, maybe your reason for going for your General is none of the above. Maybe you just want the satisfaction of a sense of accomplishment, or perhaps you are just a curious soul who enjoys learning more about radio and the ham radio hobby. That's cool, too!

Earning your General Class license requires passing a 35 question multiple-choice exam, usually administered by a local ham radio club.

The exam covers FCC law, ham radio operating procedures focused on the General Class privileges, some more advanced electrical and radio wave propagation science, and safety. Here's a sample question:
Which of the following is a limitation on transmitter power on the 1.8 MHz band?
A. 200 watts PEP output
B. 1000 watts PEP output
C. 1200 watts PEP output
D. 1500 watts PEP output
While it's quite possible to both study for and pass the General Class exam in a week or two, most people take four to six weeks to prepare for the exam.  To speed up your journey to your General Class ticket, we recommend you get either the Kindle or print edition, and supplement with the 14 hour audio edition -- audio is a great way to use commuting or exercising time, for instance.
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The Fast Track Ham Radio License Programs
Michael Burnette
Michael Burnette, AF7KB, started playing with radios at age 8.
As a commercial broadcaster for 25 years, he did a bit of everything from being a DJ to serving as a vice president and general manager with Westinghouse Broadcasting (now CBS/Infinity.)

In 1992, Burnette left the radio business behind, and took to traveling the world designing and delivering experiential learning seminars on leadership, management, communications, and building relationships.

He has trained people across the US and in Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Finland, Greece, Austria, Spain, Italy, and Russia. In addition to his public and corporate trainings, he has been a National Ski Patroller, a Certified Professional Ski Instructor, a Certified In-Line Skating Instructor, a Certified NLP Master Practitioner, a big-rig driving instructor, and a Certified Firewalking Instructor.

He is the author of:

The Fast Track to Your Technician Class Ham Radio License
The Fast Track to Your General Class Ham Radio License
The Fast Track to Your Extra Class Ham Radio License
The Fast Track to Mastering Extra Class Ham Radio Math
The Independent Author's Guide to Successful Audiobook Production

© 2017, 2018 Michael Burnette  
All rights reserved.

The underlying philosophy of the Fast Track series is a commitment to employing effective teaching strategies to support learners in rapidly mastering the body of knowledge that creates the ham radio hobby.

To that end, the programs not only teach the correct answers to the exam questions, but explain the principles behind each correct answer.

Put simply, other programs teach you to pass the exams. The Fast Track programs teach you to pass the exams and think like a ham.

Oh, and we have a little fun along the way, too -- that's part of creating a positive learning environment.
Each license program is available in multiple formats.

- Kindle e-book (Amazon.com)
- Paperback edition (Amazon.com)
- Unabridged audiobook edition (Amazon.com, Audible.com, iTunes.)

The Fast Track to Mastering Extra Class Ham Radio Math is a workbook supplement to the Extra Class program for those who, like the author, find the advanced math of the Extra Class exam to be, shall we way, extra challenging. That workbook is available only in paperback, from Amazon.com, with supporting videos on YouTube.com.