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Wythall RC Amateur Radio Training Courses

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FOUNDATION COURSE Winter 2019

Get on the air with an amateur radio licence by following Wythall Radio Club’s new free, on-line Foundation course starting in November.

The specially designed course provides you with an exciting introduction to the hobby.  After passing the straight-forward multiple choice exam, you can obtain your own callsign for use when communicating with other radio amateur operators worldwide.

This course is planned to start on the 25th November and complete by 10th of January with a one week Xmas break.  We will be using the new RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) Syllabus introduced in Sept 2019. 

Wythall Radio Club’s tutors have many years experience and achieve a very high pass rate for their students.  

Students can study in their own time following this specially designed on-line course, with support via posts from the tutor.  You also need to have the necessary free time to do the course.If you need special assistance because of any disabilities then please let Chris, the Training Coordinator, know.  You also need to have the necessary free time to do the course.

The course is based around the free-to-use virtual learning experience (VLE) software named EDMODO.  This has gained world-wide acceptance as a safe and easy way for tutors to connect with their students at home via the internet.

You sign up for the course free of charge and you get notifications via e-mail that the course material and quizzes are available for you to download.  This takes place over a 7 week period with two lessons per week in the comfort of your own home and at a time of your own choosing.

We will set a date for the practical assessments (usually done as a group on a Saturday) and the exam when we know how many people will be on the course. These should be done in January or early February.

Although the online course is free of charge, there is an examination fee of £27.50 plus £6 room hire cost to do the practical assessments and examination at Wythall Radio Club.

You will also need to purchase course book “The Foundation Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs” by Alan Betts G0HIQ from the RSGB.

If you are interested in joining this on-line course then please contact our Training Coordinator Chris G0EYO  via [email protected]

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]