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A Licence is required to operate an Amateur Radio Transmitting station.

To help you enter this fascinating hobby, we run a programme of weekend Foundation and Intermediate Amateur Radio courses and Exams. These are the first and second stages in the new suite of three Examinations designed to give access to the Amateur Radio Bands. We also host examinations only for the Advanced Licence, the Third and Final Examination.

To date, approximately 170 candidates have attended our courses held at Newtown Village Hall. Our 98% success rate is impressive especially as many of the newly licensed Radio Amateurs had no prior knowledge of radio and electronics before embarking on our courses.

 

Foundation Licence Course and Exam: Sat/Sun 11th/12th November 2017

Closing date for enrollment: Weds 25th October 2017

Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society run regular weekend courses. Candidates sit the Foundation Exam on the Sunday afternoon. The cost of the course is £27.50 for the exam and £15.00 for the course . If you are interested in our next course please contact Steve M0SEL (details below).

Link to RCF Foundation Syllabus


 

 

Format

Courses are limited to 18 candidates.

Each topic is presented using Microsoft Power Point, projected direct to a large screen.

Revision sheets are provided, covering all the key points in the syllabus.

The Morse code assessment is still included.

 

Practical Assessments

A number of practical exercises have to be completed as part of the course.

"Tuning a dipole antenna" is demonstrated to students in small groups.

Tuning a Dipole

Operating Practice

Each candidate must demonstrate good operating practices & procedures. 

Contacts must be made on 2m (145MHz) and HF (Normally 80m, on 3.632MHz).

Crib sheets are provided to guide candidates through the QSOs.

 
 
 

Intermediate Licence Course & Exam

Next Course Date: 4th/5th February 2017, exam 5th March 2017

Closing date for enrolment: 30th January 2017

Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society run courses over two weekends with about a month in between for construction. Candidates do the practical tests and sit the Intermediate Exam on the second weekend. The cost of the course is £32.50 for the exam and £35.00 for the course. Please note, it does not include the cost of the kit and components. If you are interested in our next course please contact Steve M0SEL (details below).

Link to RCF Intermediate Syllabus

Format

Courses are limited to 10 candidates.

It is a pre-requisite that you must have passed the Foundation course and Exam.

Each topic is presented using Microsoft Power Point, projected direct to a large screen.

Intermediate course lesson

Practical Assessments

A number of practical exercises have to be completed as part of the course. 

Calibrating a VFO" is one of the exercises that has to be completed.

Measuring DC voltage, current and resistance and exploring how a Diode and
Transistor work are other practical exercises

Soldering

Each candidate must demonstrate the ability to make good solder joints.

Candidates build a simple DC circuit, by soldering components between brass drawing pins on a baseboard.

Candidates have to construct a simple radio related kit like a short-wave receiver.

 

Advanced Examinations Only

Next Exam Date: TBA
 

If you are interested in taking the advanced exam please contact Steve Elliott, the NADARS exam secretary - contact details below.

Link to RCF Advanced Syllabus



How to contact us (contact by email is preferred):

For all course information, contact the Exam Secretary:

Steve Elliott M0SEL
Westbury, 50 West End Road
Mortimer
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 3TH
 
Tel:  07707 105 558

Email:

 



Please download the appropriate course form and RSGB Application form for the course you wish to take via the links below, complete them, and return them with the appropriate payment to Steve Elliott M0SEL.

RSGB Foundation Application Form

RSGB Intermediate Application Form

RSGB Advanced Application Form

NADARS Course Application Form

 


Morse Classes

NADARS can arrange morse classes for those interested. In the first instance, please email the Club Secretary (contact details here)

 


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