Get Licenced

How to get your Amateur Radio licence with us.

Once you have been bitten by the bug, you will want to get started straight away. To get ‘on the air’ opens a whole new world to you, enabling you to make friends all over the world, build your own equipment, install your own amateur radio station in your home and fully participate in the hobby in whatever way you want. To do this it is necessary to obtain an amateur transmitting licence. In the UK there are three types of licences that can be obtained. Each one gives a different level of privileges and requires tests at a different level to be passed.

Foundation Intermediate Advanced
   

These books can be obtained from the RSGB Shop website.

We run courses for both Foundation and Intermediate candidates and run Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced exams. We don’t provide a course for the Advanced exam, but would ask you to self study and contact us when you think you are ready for the exam. We usually wait until there is at least 2-3 candidates ready to take an exam before we obtain the papers from the RSGB and create an exam date.

Examinations and courses will be held at Fairkytes Arts Cente in Hornchurch. Full address is on the ‘About Us‘ page. If you would like to find out more or to see when we are running the next course or exam, please contact us.

A useful site to take some example mock tests is hamtests.co.uk Questions are limited, but it will give you some idea of what to expect in the real exam.

PLEASE NOTE: The entry point for all newcomers into the hobby is via the Foundation licence, progressing on to Intermediate, culminating in the Advanced licence. Each licence level has to be achieved before the next can be taken.

The entry Level is the Foundation licence. This is a new licence that was introduced in January 2002.

The Foundation licence is designed to get you involved in amateur radio as quickly as possible. But before you are allowed to transmit, it is important that you know a little bit about how your radio works, the dangers of interfering with other radio users, how not to upset your neighbours or your parents (if you are a young person) and the rules and regulations of holding a radio transmitting licence.

How do you learn these new skills, by taking the Foundation licence training course, which is an integral part of of obtaining a Foundation licence. Most of the training is practical. There is a small amount of radio and electronics theory but only enough for you to appreciate things like using the correct fuses in your equipment and how to build an antenna to get the most out of your radio station. Don’t be afraid of the thought of having to undertake a training course.

The course is run at Havering and District Amateur Radio Club in Hornchurch  by experienced radio amateurs. The course can take as little as a weekend to complete at the end of which you will sit an examination comprising of twenty five multiple choice questions. Your exam paper will be marked on the spot.

Once you have passed the exam you get your ‘Pass’ certificate and you are on your way! When you have been issued with your own individual M6 series callsign you will be able to operate on all bands specified in your license schedule (download it here) with a power restriction of 10 Watts. This is a fairly low level of power but with the experience you will quickly gain this will enable you to communicate around the world.

Once you have gained experience at the Foundation level we are sure you will want to take the next step up.

Students are encouraged to download the Foundation syllabus.

The Intermediate licence gives access to the Intermediate frequency allocations within the amateur bands . The Permitted power levels are increased to 50 watts. To obtain the Intermediate licence it is advisable to take a training course. This course is longer than the Foundation course and aims to teach many of the fundamentals of radio in a stimulating way by actually undertaking practical tasks such as soldering, building a small project and a variety of other exercises building on the experience you have gained as a Foundation licence holder.

After completing the course candidates sit the Intermediate Licence Examination. Again this examination is a multiple-choice test based on what was learnt on the course, covering the basic concepts of radio operating on the amateur bands and the licence conditions. With both of these successfully completed an Intermediate licence can be obtained.

The Intermediate course changed slightly in June 2009 and a new book has been issued.

Havering and District Amateur Radio club once again run Intermediate training courses, please contact us for further details.

Students are encouraged to download the Intermediate syllabus.

The Advanced Licence is the highest level of licence that you can obtain. To gain an Advanced licence it is necessary to pass the Advanced Radio Communications Examination. This examination is more advanced than the Intermediate, it again covers radio theory and licence conditions but because holding a full licence enables you to use 400 Watts power output to your transmitter, such subjects as Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC), antenna design and safety issues are covered in some depth.

The licence allows access to all the amateur allocations with full power.

Students are encouraged to download the Advanced syllabus.

PLEASE NOTE: The entry point for all newcomers into the hobby is via the Foundation licence, progressing on to Intermediate, culminating in the Advanced licence. Each licence level has to be achieved before the next can be taken. The Radio Society of Great Britain produces training books to help at all levels. You will need to purchase a copy of the correct book to accompany your training course.

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