About the Author
“Buck,” as he is known on the air, was first licensed in the mid-sixties as a young teenager. Today, he holds an Amateur Extra Class Radio License. Buck is an active instructor and a Volunteer Examiner. The Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club named him Elmer (Trainer) of the Year three times. He has successfully led many students through this material. Buck has earned the DXCC Honor Roll and achieved 8BDXCC. Other Easy Way Books by Craig Buck are: “Pass Your Amateur Radio Technician Class Test – The Easy Way” “Pass Your Amateur Radio General Class Test – The Easy Way” “How to Chase, Work & Confirm DX – The East Way” “How to Get on HF – The Easy Way”
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I have been struggling with publications and study guides and practice tests and flash cards and all kinds of junk for over a year.
This Extra Class publication came to my attention by way of Amazon, and I ordered it straightaway, after reading briefly about the approach (the right answers will pop out at you). It made perfect sense.
I opened the package from Amazon at 2:00 PM today, and studied the E1 subelement material in its entirety. I then went against the author's recommendation and tested myself with a practice exam, but only on the E1 questions.
Perfect score. Nailed every one. And it's only 4:00PM.
I will happily post my exam result after I pass Extra, which in my estimation should happen sometime in February of this year. After that, I'll be buying the author's other publications and singing his praises to my fellow Hams.
Having said that, the book is good for reviewing - AFTER you've learned the reasoning that differentiates the nuances between answers in the question pool.
This book plus lots of online practice tests will get you over the line. In my case, an hour or so a day for a week utilizing this book and practice tests for the Technician class did the trick. Six weeks later I sat down for both the General and Extra classes on the same day and that took me considerable preparation time and concentration to pass both exams. I probably spent about three weeks to concurrently prepare for the two elements.
If you plan to earn the Amateur Extra class, it will be beneficial to take the three exams in a relatively short span of time since a good number of concepts overlap across the 3 elements. The Extra class exam is 50 question test drawn from a pool of 712 questions. Not easy but it could be done if you put in the hours.
Overall, I highly recommend this study guide and other resources such as the online practice tests.