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Reviews Categories | Ham Radio education & exam prep materials | W5YI Ham Operator HOS-10 Help

Reviews Summary for W5YI Ham Operator HOS-10
Reviews: 1 Average rating: 3.0/5 MSRP: $30.00
Description: By W5YI.
Learn to pass ALL the ham radio exams and learn the code with this great software package from W5YI. You get all 4 elements. Morse Code - Element 1 (Zero through 50 wpm). Technician - Element 2, General Class - Element 3 and Extra Class - Element 4. Study all of the NEW written and code ham exams at your PC and let your computer tell you when you are ready to pass! Take unlimited exams for every class. All possible license exam questions -- and their multiple choices, answers, and schematic diagrams for each of the three question pools. All diagrams are right on screen. You can even print out properly constructed sample exams ... and each will be different! Complete with FCC Part 97 Amateur Service Rule booklet at no extra charge! For Windows 98/XP/Vista on CD-ROM media. Learn to pass ALL the ham radio exams and learn the code with this recently updated software package from W5YI. It covers Technician, General and Extra Class.

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K6HOM Rating: 3/5 May 24, 2011 16:29 Send this review to a friend
Great for Exam Questions, Not So Good for Background  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This product is a Windows CD that contains all of the FCC exam question pool for, in my case, the General exam. It also has the same for Technician and Extra licenses. You can take realistic practice exams and see how you score. The software will tell you your scores for the individual FCC exam subsections.

IMHO, the most valuable part of this product is that you can choose just the subsection of the exam where you need help and see all of the exam questions for that subsection of the real exam. The ability to see all of the possible exam questions is quite valuable.

However, hams should not be studying exam questions just to pass their license exam. Anyone studying for a license, especially General and Extra, should actually understand the underlying principles and theory covered by the FCC exam questions. This product does not offer any real background training toward this purpose. It does come with a cheap and very brief summary of some information that the exam is based upon, but it cannot come close to comparing with the ARRL license manual preparation books.

I am not an engineer, but did pass my General last week without any problem. My recommendation is to buy one of these W5YI CDs AND the appropriate ARRL license manual prep book. Don't buy only this CD and expect to pass. Read the ARRL book and practice taking the exam via the CD. Re-read the sections of the book for any exam questions that you do not understand or that you consistently answer incorrectly. For your own good as a future ham, it pays to understand the underlying science and theory behind the FCC's questions.

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