Being the entry-level qualification, the Foundation Amateur Radio Course is designed to get you involved in amateur radio as quickly as possible. However, before you you are granted a licence to transmit it is vital that you demonstrate that you know something about how your radio works so that you can avoid causing interference to other users of the service and other vital communications networks; these include, but are not limited to, the emergency services, the military, commercial TV and radio broadcasts and other users of radio communications services for their work.
Method of studying on the Foundation Amateur Radio Course
This knowledge can be obtained either through self-study, or a taught course. At the Quantum Amateur Radio and Technology Society (QuARTS) we run supported self-study courses which finish off with two days of final revision, the required practical sessions and the test. These days will usually be on successive weekends, though alternative arrangements can be made if there is the demand.
We’ll also provide you with lots of support during that time and provide you with access to our virtual classroom that is on-line twenty-four hours a day. There are plenty of resources in our virtual classroom with links to further reading together with forum that you can use to discuss topics, not just with your tutors, but with other students too.
Foundation Amateur Radio Course Assessments and Test
Don’t be afraid of these practical assessments and the short test. They are simply to ensure that know how to run your station safely and in an interference-free manner – we have to remember that radio waves travel a lot further than we expect; one of our members has an extremely low power beacon transmitting through a relatively poor antenna system and it is received by stations over 5000 KM away.
After the Foundation Amateur Radio Course
Once the test has been sat you will be provided with an indicative result, but your test paper needs to be cross-marked by someone at the Radio Society of Great Britain’s (RSGB’s) HQ. Once they have verified the result, they’ll inform Ofcom who will wait four you to apply for your licence. This process takes about ten working days, during which time you should be thinking about what your callsign should be. Most people choose the suffix of their callsign (the three letters after the M6) based on their initials, name, nickname, or some other piece of information that is important to them. One member of our club has ‘COV’ as the suffix of her callsign because she was born in Coventry. You can can use Ofcom’s the web based callsign application form to discover if the suffix you want is available.
If you are not successful with the test don’t worry; your practical assessment results will remain valid for one year to give you enough time to revise and take the test again without having to undertake the practical assessments.
On the air
Once your new callsign has been issued to you will be able to operate an Amateur Radio station, in accordance with the rules and regulations applicable to Foundation Licence holders, without supervision.
Join your Amateur Radio local club
Obtaining an amateur radio licence is just the start of a fantastic new technical hobby for you to explore and enjoy. But statistics show that many newly licensed amateur radio operators become disillusioned with the hobby and abandon it because they’re trying to do everything on their own without the support of friends and a club.
That’s where we come in; our members are only too happy to help you in any way they can to discover new things and to help you when you get stuck; that’s what we enjoy doing. We’re all fortunate that we had somebody to help us when we were starting out in the hobby, so we’re more than happy to do it for you.
So join your local club and let’s get started together on you new journey in to discovery of just what radio communication is all about and what it can do.
Register now for the Foundation Amateur Radio Course
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