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Courses & Exams



A licence is required to operate an Amateur Radio Transmitting station. The Licence is issued by OFCOM (the government regulator) when you pass an exam. It is much easier than it ever used to be to get 'on air' as there are now 3 levels of Licence (Foundation, Intermediate and Full).


The Foundation Licence is the starting point and serves as an introduction to amateur radio. On passing the exam you will be issued with an amateur radio Licence and your own unique call sign. This entitles you to transmit on certain amateur radio frequencies at a low transmit power. Amateur radio is a hobby where you continue to learn and expand your knowledge over time and whilst most people do progress through the three levels of Licence and therefore gain access to greater privileges with your Licence, this is not mandatory (although definitely recommended!). So, don't be concerned by three exams at this stage as they can be taken over time to suit your preference.


Even with a Foundation Licence you will be soon making contacts with other amateurs around the world.



To help you enter this fascinating hobby, we run a programme of training courses for the Foundation and Intermediate Licences (we do not run a Full Licence course). To date, many hundreds of candidates have attended our courses and 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.


Classroom and Online Training and Exams

For very many years we have always run classroom-based courses as this is by far the best way to be trained. It enables greater interaction (Q&A, chats during coffee breaks, etc), hands-on practical aspects (view and handle components, antennas and equipment etc) and general enhanced all-round discussions and good communication between the students as well as between the students and tutors. Friendships made in the classroom during the course can last for years.


During 2020 and the first part of 2021, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we offered the same course online via Zoom. This online method of training has its advantages (no travel being one), but lacked the positive aspects of face-to-face training.


We are pleased to be able to safely return to classroom-based training starting with our Foundation course in November 2021.  All COVID-19 safety precautions will be taken, including limiting the class size, so book your place on the course now before all places are taken.



Our classroom courses take place in Newtown Village Hall, Newbury, Berkshire. This is a quiet rural location which is ideal for training.


Whilst the training is done in the classroom, the exam is still taken online, from your own home at a date and time to suit you.




When is the Next Course?

  • Foundation: For information about training for a Foundation License please follow the link below.

  • Intermediate: For information about training for an Intermediate License please follow the link below.


For details of how to join a course please contact the NADARS Course Secretary by clicking here


Are You Interested in Obtaining Your Amateur Radio Licence?

If you have any questions or would like to know more about our training then contact the NADARS Course Secretary by clicking here


The first step into this amazing hobby couldn't be easier!


Morse Classes

Amateur radio covers many different modes of operation, whether that is by speaking to someone using a microphone connected to your transmitter, or connecting your computer to the transmitter to send data messages or television pictures, or even using Morse code, which is still of considerable interest to many amateur radio enthusiasts around the world.


If you are interested in learning Morse code then NADARS can arrange Morse classes.

For information please contact the Club Secretary (contact details here)


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