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Wythall RC Amateur Radio Training Courses

Latest News from Training Co-ordinator, Chris G0EYO…

4th February 2020:  UPGRADE YOUR FOUNDATION LICENCE THROUGH FREE STUDY AT HOME.

Our new FREE on-line Intermediate level training course under the new syllabus starts this Spring.

The course will run over 10 weeks, from 2nd March until 11th May, with two lessons per week.  The examination will be around 23rd May.

You now need to register your interest.

You study this course at home in your own time from lessons you download from the internet, as you did at Foundation level.

Image result for radio amateur using radio photoIn addition there will be one practical assessment session, usually on a Saturday, where you will learn soldering, digital measuring and other skills. This will require you to be available for ONE Saturday in April, but there will be a choice of dates.

Wouxun dual-band handheldThe course is FREE but there will be an exam fee of £32.50, an exam room hire fee of £6 and a project kit and materials fee for the practicals of £12.  You will not need to pay this until the course starts.

You will also need to purchase the RSGB Intermediate Licence Manual from them at £9 plus postage – or visit the RSGB Bookstall at Wythall Hamfest on the morning of Sunday 15th March. 

IF YOU WISH TO SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE YOU MUST CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO OUR Training Coordinator Chris G0EYO  via   [email protected]  

PLACES WILL BE LIMITED AND WE WILL WORK ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS

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GENERAL INFORMATION ON AMATEUR RADIO TRAINING COURSES

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.

Once you have your Foundation licence you can proceed to the Intermediate level which adds to your technical knowledge and teaches practical skills such as soldering and measuring techniques.  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 and Intermediate 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.

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 two Foundation and two 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 between 6 and 7 weeks with 2 lessons per week and the Intermediate course between 7 and 9 weeks, again with 2 lessons 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 and examinations 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) plus a fee towards room hire. Some practical assessments also carry a fee for materials and project kits. These charges are made clear on the course announcements at the top of this page.

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]