As part of our quest to make it easier for new people to get into the hobby, we offer a free Foundation Online Amateur Radio Training Course. Please take a look at the following short video to find out more about our course:. Our Internet-based amateur radio training courses launched in and is designed to help newcomers to get started in the hobby. The online Foundation course is supplemented by downloadable material, comprehensive videos and training slides, and much of the content is based on our popular and free Foundation Training Slides , as used by several clubs across the UK.
The course and exam that leads to the licence provides you with an exciting introduction to the hobby while requiring an acceptable minimum level of skill and experience. Your Foundation licence is recognised by the UK communications regulator Ofcom. Other clubs are starting to offer online training, so please check with your local club to find out what training and support they can offer, before and after the exam.
The Amateur Radio Foundation Licence gives everyone the opportunity to gain an understanding of the basic technology and operation of Amateur radios. After completion of a practical test and a 26 question multiple-choice paper, the foundation licence gives you the opportunity to operate 10 watt radios on a variety of bands. The course which can be currently studied online is usually run over one or two weekends which is long enough to cover the syllabus comfortably. Most of the training is practical and includes: - How to set up an Amateur Radio station - How to operate your radio - How to make a call - How to complete a log Checking that you can do this satisfactorily is part of the syllabus and each item will be 'signed off' as it is completed. There is a small amount of theoretical work, but only enough to appreciate things like which antenna or fuses to use and how to get the best out of your station.