Foundation Licence

Barford Radio Social - Sunday 4th July 2021

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  • Where: Barford Village Green, NR9 4AB, 9 miles south west of Norwich off B1108
  • When: Sunday 4th July - open 0900-1400 (please do not arrive before 0900)
  • All outside event - please bring your own deckchair and refreshments etc
  • Private sales only - sell from own car boot or 1 table - no commercial traders please
  • Not a radio rally - no refreshments, catering or inside activities - inside toilets are available
  • Bring your own Sunshade or Gazebo if you would like to - there is plenty of space!
  • Entry FREE for all - Sponsored by Norfolk Amateur Radio Club. No need to book - just turn up
  • Voluntary donations with all proceeds to E A C H and Barford Village hall Emergency roof repair fund

Please spread the word to other local amateurs, friends and clubs as everyone is welcome, but be
sure to say that this is not the usual full radio rally event and is all outdoors. The event will only take
place if it is well within government advice at the time and will be cancelled if it becomes the
responsible thing to do - watch our website. Contact David G7URP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.