Training Overview

Amateur Radio Overview

Amateur radio is a technical hobby that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications.

Amateur Radio is governed by international treaty. Regulated in the UK by OFCOM, and managed by the Radio Society of Great Britain

To quote the RSGB:

As a radio amateur you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to the radio amateurs.

Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in a number of ways:

– Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships

– Competing in international competitions to test how effective your equipment is, and how good you are as an operator

– Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs

– Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station)

– Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to ensure you keep the capability to do so.

Licence Structure

In the UK we follow a 3 tier progressive licencing scheme. Foundation, Intermediate & Full. Foundation & Intermediate have both practical assessments and examinations. Full is examination only. You can not skip a level.

Below is an overview the various levels and how we can help support you

Foundation Licence

An entry level in to Amateur Radio. Assessment is a combination of practical skills (an integral part of the training course) and a written multiple choice 55 minute, 26 question paper. We are currently able to offer

  • Self Study Support
  • Weekend Training Courses
    • 2 Days activity filled classroom training
    • 1 Day Exam
    • Midweek revision tools and online feedback
    • Held over consecutive weekends

 

Intermediate Licence

This is the next step from the Foundation License offering a larger number of frequencies and higher power for your transmitter. For these extra privileges you have to be able to show a greater understanding of some theory behind radio technology. Again our trainers are here to guide you to a pass, and there is plenty of literature available to help you study.  The licence requires candidates to build a working radio related project, tune and manipulate a number of common circuits and undertake a 1 hour 30 multiple choice exam, requiring a pass mark of 28/46.

We are currently able to offer:

  • Self Study Support
  • Weekend course
    • 3 Days activity filled classroom training
    • 1 Day Exam
    • Held over consecutive weekends

Advanced Licence

The final stage and top level for a UK amateur radio license and freedom to operate transmitters with the minimum of restrictions. At this level there is also full international compatibility. There are some specialised topics which have to be understood at this level, for example aspects of EMC and international regulations etc., but no worries our trainers will help you pass the necessary test.

We are currently able to offer:

  • Self Study Support

To further explore your options navigate the training menu above to find out about upcoming courses and associated costs.