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Latest News from Training Co-ordinator, Chris G0EYO…

20th March 2020: Remote exam invigilation in your own home

On 20 March, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) stopped accepting new exam bookings as part of its response to the government’s guidance concerning coronavirus. The Society is now offering remote invigilation in people’s own home for online Foundation examinations. You can read further information on the RSGB website

https://rsgb.services/public/exams/documents/online_exam_remote_invigilation_faq.pdf

The RSGB have also suspended the need for practical assessments for the Foundation course at this time.

If you would like assistance or advice on applying for a remotely invigilated Foundation examination, our Training Coordinator Chris G0EYO would be happy for you to contact him [email protected] 

CURRENT COURSES

ONLINE FOUNDATION COURSE starting 14th Sept PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

ONLINE INTERMEDIATE COURSE starting 21sst Sept COURSE NOW FULL

You now need to register your interest NOW.

FUTURE COURSES PLANNED

BOTH ONLINE FOUNDATION AND INTERMEDIATE COURSES ARE PLANNED FOR JANUARY 2021

GENERAL INFORMATION ON AMATEUR RADIO TRAINING COURSES PROVIDED BY WYTHALL RADIO CLUB

To become a radio amateur you need to pass an examination at three levels.

It starts at Foundation level where you learn about important licencing conditions and good operating procedures as well as how to operate safely and not interfere with other radio users.  The successful candidate gets an M7XXX call-sign on completion of a multi-choice examination.

The RSGB have introduced remotely invigilated on line examinations at Foundation and Intermediate levels and will do so by year end for the Full examination. DURING COVID19 LOCKDOWN PAPER EXAMINATIONS ARE NOT AVAILABLE.

Once you have your Foundation licence you can proceed to the Intermediate level which adds to your technical knowledge.  Again there is a multi-choice examination and once you have passed this you get more privileges including an increase in RF transmit power you can use.  At Intermediate level you get a 2E0XXX call-sign.

At Foundation level you spend time doing specified Practical Assessments which need to be monitored and signed off by a Registered Assessor (RA).  This can be done at Wythall Radio Club where we have several RAs. PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING COVID19 LOCKDOWN PRACTICAL ASSESSMENTS FOR FOUNDATION LEVEL ARE SUSPENDED AND ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR THE EXAMINATION TO BE TAKEN.

Finally you can then go on to gain a Full Licence which adds to your technical knowledge and other skills and gives you full licence privileges including maximum transmitting power, access to all frequency bands and modes.  Again there is a multi-choice examination and if successful you gain an M0XXX call-sign.

Wythall Radio Club has offered a full range of on-line courses for those wishing to gain their Foundation, Intermediate and Full licences. We generally offer several Foundation and Intermediate courses each calendar year. For those wishing to proceed to a Full Licence we will either introduce them to an Advanced (Full) Distance Learning on-line course run nationally, twice per annum or teach them via our own Full Licence on line course. Because 2019 saw the introduction of a new Syllabus we have yet to make a final decision on Full Licence training but we have re-written our materials for both Foundation and Intermediate in line with the 2019 syllabus requirements.

Our on line courses are based around free virtual learning experience (VLE) software called Edmodo which has gained world-wide acceptance as a safe and easy way for tutors to connect with students at home via the internet.  Once we have signed you up for the course you will get email notifications at scheduled times, notifying you when course material and quizzes are available for you to download.

The Foundation course generally lasts 8 weeks with 2 lessons and quizzes per week and the Intermediate course 10 weeks, again with 2 lessonsand quizzes per week. (Course length depends upon public holidays). You study in the comfort of your own home and at a time of your own choosing. Practical Assessments if required are done at weekends, at Wythall, in a class with others, at a suitable point in the course calendar.

On-line courses have proved very successful at Wythall Radio Club with a high pass rate and the flexibility they give has been popular with those who cannot commit to a regular week night for class room study.

Our courses are free but there is a charge for the examination (organised by our national radio society, the RSGB). If we provide a practical assessment day and or paper examination there is also  a fee towards room hire.

CURRENT RSGB EXAM FEES

FOUNDATION £27.50

INTERMEDIATE £32.50

FULL £37.50

Examinations can be booked via the RSGB website. https://rsgb.org/main/rsgb-examination-booking/

The RSGB publish course books which are obtainable from http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Training_19.html  for the Foundation, Intermediate and Full licences training programmes. You will need to purchase the appropriate book for the course you are undertaking.

If you are interested in any of the above courses then please contact Wythall Radio Club’s Training Co-ordinator, Chris Pettitt G0EYO at [email protected]