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Training Topics


Foundation Licence Topics

Although the Practical Assessments are now removed from the Foundation Syllabus so we thought the following YouTube videos would be of interest to those who have not been able to experience a Practical Assessment session.

The RSGB has produced a video specifically for those who have taken their Foundation exam without having to do the practicals. The video highlights 6 practical tasks covering all the practical task that are in the Foundation syllabus.

RSGB Foundation Practicals

Tim G5TM has produced several videos which are aimed at the newly licensed amateur

Help for the new M7 Foundation Licence Operators

How to shape a QSO

How to call CQ

2m Mobile – A guide for Newbies


CDARC Foundation videos

Peter M0DCV of Cambridge and District Amateur Radio Club has produced a couple of excellent videos which will help the newly licensed amateur in safely connecting up their HF station and setting up the radios for that first QSO

Hints and Tips for Amateur Radio Foundation Candidate

Basic Radio Operation


RSGB Practical Skills Videos

The RSGB have produced several useful videos for newly licensed amateurs to demonstrate some practical skills

Making a Slim Jim Antenna

The Simple Balun

Soldering a PL259 connector to a cable

Tuning a dipole with a NanoVNA

Making an Audio Interface

CAT Interface

Another good YouTube video demonstrating how to use an SWR meter for the beginner, this time from Electronics Notes

How to Use an SWR Meter – guideline and tips


Foundation Technical Basics

This is a series of videos produced by EngineeringMindset.com which whilst not strictly tied to the Foundation Syllabus, they are useful in understanding some of the basic concepts of electronics. I think they probably could be useful at Intermediate level and I don’t like their devotion to the Coulomb when talking about Electron Flow as they like to quote how many quadrillion electrons flow per second when talking about current flow which is completely unnecessary. Also although the graphics are good there are typos which ought not to have got through inspection. Anyway have look and judge for yourself how useful they were

How Electricity Works

Voltage Explained

Current Explained

DC Series Circuits Explained

DC Parallel Circuits Explained

Ohms Law Explained

Diodes explained

Capacitors Explained

Inductors Explained

How Transformers Work


Intermediate Licence Topics

The practical assessments of the Intermediate syllabus have now been removed but it is likely that radio amateurs would still be interested in experiencing some of these techniques so we have included You Tube videos from various sources

YouTube videos by Essex Ham:

Basics of soldering

These videos from Collin’s Lab via YouTube explain some useful topics for the Intermediate Licence


Battery Basics

Martin Lynch & Sons engineer Steve G0TAN shows how to fit PL259 Standard and Compression plugs and N type Compression plugs to coaxial cable.

How to fit RF Connector Plugs to coax


Intermediate / Full Licence Technical Topics

Steve G0FUW runs the very successful Bath based Distance Learning group and has provided on line Full (was Advanced) training courses for many years. Steve and his group have produced some very helpful videos explaining several technical concepts which have caused students difficulty in the past.

Harmonics and Low Pass Filters

Coaxial Cable Losses and Velocity Factor

AC, RMS and DC Heating

RF Power Measurement

AM Waveforms

Mixing Frequencies together and Image Frequencies

Impedance Calculations and Transformation

Scopes and Rectifiers

Scopes and Rectifiers 2

To supplement with Steve’s Electron Flow video we enjoyed very much this light hearted video from Glasgow University Physics Dept on Semiconductors (warning you might need Google translation for the heavy “Glasger” accent)

Glasgow Physics 1: Semiconductors

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