foundation licence

  • Buddies

    The RSGB have identified that quite a few people who pass their Foundation Exam do not actually get on air and for some at least it may be that they need extra help with the practical aspects of setting up a station and the confidence of going on the air for the first time on their own.
    As winners of the 2009 Kenwood Trophy for outstanding contribution to training, the RSGB asked Norfolk Amateur Radio Club to look at developing a 'mentoring' initiative which, if successful, could be adopted by other clubs nationwide. So for the first time we are piloting our new 'Radio Buddy' scheme with our new amateurs, where each new licencee is assigned a 'buddy' from within the club with a special buddy card who will help get them on the air and put them in touch with other amateurs with similar interests. Whilst their is never an obligation to join NARC for a course, the club will also offer all newcomers 3 months free membership to help them get started.
    We will let you know how the buddy scheme goes, meantime if you are a NARC member and would like to be a buddy for future new licencees, please send your name, address and contact details together with a few words about your particular interest in radio and a 'head and shoulders' digital picture of yourself (smiling!) to G7URP who will make this up into a Radio Buddy card to use for future courses.

  • Foundation Licence

    The entry Level is the Foundation licence. This is a new licence that was introduced in January 2002. The Foundation licence is designed to get you involved in amateur radio as quickly as possible. But before you are allowed to transmit 'live' it is important that you know a little bit about how your radio works, the dangers of interfering with other radio users, how not to upset your neighbours or your parents (if you are a young person) and the rules and regulations of holding a radio transmitting licence.

    How do you learn these new skills, by taking the Foundation licence training course, which is an integral part of of obtaining a Foundation licence. Most of the training is practical. There is a small amount of radio and electronics theory but only enough for you to appreciate things like using the correct fuses in your equipment and how to build an antenna to get the most out of your radio station.

    Don't be afraid of the thought of having to undertake a training course. The courses are run in a friendly informal atmosphere by experienced radio amateurs. The course will take about 10-12 hours to complete at the end of which you will sit an examination comprising of twenty six multiple choice questions. Courses are normally conducted at your local amateur radio club or if you're a younger entrant you may be able to take it at your school. Some clubs run the course over a weekend and some over a number of weeks. Once you have taken the exam you get your indicative result, which will be confirmed by the RSGB, When you have been issued with your pass certificate, you can then apply for your own individual M6 series callsign and you will be able to operate on all bands without supervision but with a power restriction of 10 Watts. This is a fairly low level of power but with the experience you will quickly gain this will enable you to communicate around the world.

  • Training Resources

    Advance Maths contentpdf

    Advance The Full Licence Manual errata Updates here

    Maths
    Maths primer available from the RSGB website.
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    Hamtests
    http://www.hamtests.co.uk/

    QADV
    http://qadv.uk

    Ofcom
    www.ofcom.org.uk

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