Foreword to the
General Radiotelephone Operatorís License
When Tom LeBlanc aked me to write a foreword for his book, I was quite flattered. I am a senior Electronics instructor for ITT Technical Institute in Boise, Idaho, and have taught a number of FCC License preparation courses. In the process of teaching these courses, I had assembled a great deal of material and had an excellent success rate Ė until the FCC test changed in November, 1986.
Most people agreed that a new, more relevant test was needed, but the new General Radiotelephone Operator License exam contains so much new material that the old study guides, and certainly the material used in my FCC classes, were of little value. I had to start developing new study material, which was difficult because my experience was with the old version of the test. It was at this point that I learned about Tomís book, and we became friends. Knowing the study guide addressed the new version of the test that Tom took and passed, I adopted it as a text for my FCC license preparation class. I think this book is exactly what was needed. It provides a general review, as well as the new, specialized information that is lacking in all other existing study guides.
I believe in certification because it pits the individual against himself and his knowledge against that of the experts. The FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License exam is not easy. It requires hard work, study, and guidance. I think Tomís book will provide the information and guidance that is needed to pass the test. I am a master Certified Electronics Technician with the Electronic Technicians Association International, A NARTE Certified Engineer, a CET (Certified Electronic Technician) with ISCET, and, of course, I have the General Radiotelephone Operator License with Radar Endorsement (old test), so I know a little something about industry certification tests.
Certification tests are designed to be valid gauges by which an individualís abilities can be judges and measured. I think that anyone who takes the FCC exam should also consider becoming certified by, and active in, one of the professional organizations of the electronics industry. I think Tomís book will be of value in reviewing for most examinations in the communications field, even though it was designed with the FCC test in mind. I have already noticed that my students who have studied Tomís book score higher on the CET test.
I want to wish Tom the best for his new book, and you, the reader, success with your exam. To the reader: if you do not make it the first time, study some more, and try again; if it was easy, everyone would have an FCC license and it would not mean a thing.
Glenn M. Brusse
ITT Technical Institute