Don’t let a few math problems stop you from enjoying the great hobby of ham radio!
The questions in the question pool for the FCC General Class Amateur Radio License include questions about conversions of electronic units in the metric system; Ohm’s Law and Joule’s Law problems; frequency to wavelength conversions; wavelength to frequency conversions; decibel/power calculations; series and parallel resistance, inductance and capacitance calculations; peak-to-leak and RMS voltage calculations; and impedance matching transformers.
While the math is quite straightforward, if the language and concepts of electronics are new to you, it can all be a bit baffling.
If that’s you, this is the workbook for you.
Each problem that can be on the exam is completely solved, with step-by-step instructions. We’ve color-coded every value to help you follow it through the solutions. We even tell you precisely which buttons to push on which calculator to make the answer appear.
While all the math problems in the question pool are covered in the full license program, The Fast Track to Your General Class Ham Radio License, this workbook provides extra practice and explanation for those of us (like the author!) who needed a boost in our math skills to get our licenses.
The program was co-designed by Michael Burnette, AF7KB, the author of the popular Fast Track ham radio license programs and his wife, Kerry, KC7YL. Kerry is a math and science teacher with a Masters degree in teaching and years of experience in making math come alive for students.
Beyond learning how to “hammer the exam,” you’ll have a solid grounding in the fundamentals of math for electronics — knowledge that will serve you well in the hobby and when you decide to take the step up to your Amateur Extra Class license.
If you’re a person who struggled with math in the past, if you suspect you “don’t have the math gene,” even if you don’t remember a shred of your Technician level math, if you can push the buttons on a calculator, this course will have you confidently solving those equations like a pro in just a few hours. This course doesn’t just teach you the math — it teaches you how to learn the math.
Note: This workbook is an adjunct to The Fast Track to Your General Class Ham Radio License book and audio; it provides additional training on the required math and does not cover the entire question bank of 400+ questions. While the exercises can be completed on any calculator, it provides specific key-by-key instructions for the affordable and widely available Texas Instruments TI-30XS calculator.