(Real) Reviews

- Michael has done it again. This is the best way to learn and pass the Extra class "ticket".

- Thank you! Thank you a thousand times over. I bought your book in order to study for my tech license(Kindle version) and the audiobook and I loved them! I originally bought ** *****'s CD's and they confused me. I bought yours and it made learning simple and enjoyable.

- So many of the study guides are just question dumps and it's a horrible way to learn, at least for me. I need an explanation and something to keep my interest and Mr. Burnette's book fit the bill perfectly. I echo all the sentiments of the other reviewers, the author is a top notch communicator.

- Michael Burnette's ham radio exam prep book is the most useful and comprehensive book that I have found on this subject and makes getting ready for this exam not only easy, but fun. I have learned so much since studying this guide and feel ready to take this exam at a moment's notice. The guide has a wealth of information, not only on the questions and answers, but on the exam itself that is sure to put any test taker's mind at ease.

- The Audible copy was GREAT because Michael Burnette is an exciting and entertaining and memorable guide!

- I wish I could stay awake for the entire listening, but this book is in a format that will take at least 2 weeks because you need to listen to it many times. It has so much information, it is actually a pleasure to hearing it multiple times.


Extra Class

The highest level of amateur radio license is Amateur Extra Class.  

Extra Class opens up the "VIP rooms" of the HF bands, the amateur radio frequencies reserved only for holders of Extra Class licenses. The Extra Class frequencies are less crowded, and propagation conditions are often better on those frequencies.

The Extra Class license also opens up new ways to be of service to the ham community and the general public, whether through the Volunteer Examiner program or the amateur radio emergency services.

The Extra Class exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions, chosen from a standard pool of 713 

questions. It's probably fair to say that most people experience the exam as quite challenging, since it covers some 50 different topics in considerable depth.
Here's a sample question:

A CW receiver with the AGC off has an equivalent input noise power density of -174 dBm/Hz. What would be the level of an unmodulated carrier input to this receiver that would yield an audio output SNR of 0 dB in a 400 Hz noise bandwidth?


A. -174 dBm
B. -164 dBm
C. -155 dBm
D. -148 dBm


The Fast Track to Your Extra Class Ham Radio License translates that question into plain English and shows you step-by-step how to solve for the answer. It does the same for each of the other 712 questions in the question pool.

The fast track to your Extra license is a fast ride, but not necessarily a brief one.  Getting your Extra Class ticket represents a serious commitment to learning a considerable amount of material. It is not an overnight proposition, nor a one-week one. We've known people to take as little as a month to prepare, but recommend you count on two months of regular study.

Of course, to make maximum use of your free time, we recommend you get one of the print editions, either the paperback or Kindle edition, as well as the audio program, which contains over 22 hours of instruction plus a two-hour pre-test review. We do not recommend getting only the audio program, since the books contain over 200 explanatory illustrations and formulas.

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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
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 (Coming in February 2018) will be 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.