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If you decide to take the plunge and study for the Amateur Radio Exam, we have a fixed path to be followed and will support you all the way.

This page gives a little information you may find useful. The links will definately be of interest.

THE WORLD OF AMATEUR RADIO MAY START WITH SHORT WAVE LISTENING, CITIZEN BAND RADIO, PMR RADIO OR JUST GENERAL INTEREST. WHATEVER SPARKS YOUR INTEREST, THE NEXT STAGE IS TO PROGRESS ONTO BECOMING A LICENCED OPERATOR. TO DO THIS, YOU NEED TO APPLY TO OFCOM FOR AN OPERATORS LICENCE, OFCOM WILL REQUIRE EVIDENCE OF COMPETENCE, WHICH YOU GET VIA THE RSGB IN THE FORM OF PASSING A SELF STUDY COURSE AND AMATEUR RADIO EXAMINATION.

TO SUPPORT THE RECOGNISED SELF LEARNING PATHWAY OF AMATEUR RADIO. THE RSGB HAVE LOTS OF BOOKS TO HELP ASSIST THIS, RANGING FROM DEDICATED EXAM STUDY MATERIAL TO SPECIALIST BOOKS ON SOME OF THE MOST TECHNICAL SUBJECTS. YOUR LOCAL CLUB WILL ASSIST YOU BY EXPLAINING THE PARTS YOU GET STUCK ON, PROVIDING BOTH SUPPORT AND A MEANS TO THE EXMAINATION PROCESS.

Great care must be taken when using online training sites, be sure your using a UK site as American sites use a different exam system.

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THE NEXT STAGE IS THE ADVANCE EXAM LEADING TO A FULL LICENCE.

 

BY NOW YOU WILL HAVE BEEN OPERATING FOR A WHILE AND NOW WE CONCENTRATE ON TRANSMITTER ARCHITECTURE, ELECTRONICS AND CALCULATION, ALTHOUGH NOT FOR THE WEAK HEARTED, SOMEBODY WITH LITTLE OR NO KNOWLEDGE OF RADIO CAN PROGRESS AND SUCCEED.

 

THIS WILL GIVE YOU THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDING DIY TRANSMITTERS,

DESIGNING AND EXPERIMENTING YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT.

THERE IS NO PRACTICAL ASSESSEMENT 

 

THE NEXT STAGE IS THE INTERMEDIATE LICENCE.

 

THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS TO GET INTERESTING; THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONICS AND RADIO ARCHITECTURE, MATHS IS STILL LIMITED TO 2-4 QUESTION.

 

THIS WILL GIVE YOU THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SELF BUILDING DIY TYPE TRANSMITTERS, DESIGNING AND EXPERIMENTING WITH RECIEVERS.

 

THERE IS A PRACTICAL ASSESSEMENT THAT WILL NEED TO BE DONE AT THE CLUB.

AGAIN, THERE ARE PLENTY OF ONLINE RESOURCES.

WHEN YOU DECIDE YOUR READY, YOUR CLUB WILL ASSIST IN PROVIDING EXAM CONDITIONS FOR YOUR FOUNDATION LICENCE.

BEFORE YOU PANIC, THE EXAM CONCENTRATES ON UNDERSTANDING YOUR LICENCE AGREEMENT; THERE IS AN INTRODUCTION TO MATHEMATICS AND ELECTRONICS, JUST TO WARM YOU UP TO THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE NEXT COURSE.

THIS WILL GIVE YOU THE LICENCE REQUIREMENTS TO BE ABLE TO PURCHASE AND OPERATE ANY PROFRESSIONAL RADIO WITH LIMITATIONS MOSTLY ON POWER

THERE ARE PLENTY OF ONLINE RESOURCES TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS,

THERE IS A PRACTICAL TEST TO BE TAKEN THAT WILL NEED TO BE DONE AT THE CLUB