Interested in stepping on the ladder and going for your Foundation license?
WRAA run Foundation License courses on behalf of the RSGB & Ofcom. Our courses are normally run over a full weekend, or when possible over several evenings where candidates are unable to commit to a weekend. Our Instructors have been running courses for many years, and our pass rates are high. A weekend course normally looks something like this:
We welcome our candidates with a cup of coffee at around 9.30 and kick off the proceedings at around 10am. We follow the the latest syllabus for the Foundation license and cover all of the technical areas required, such as:
- Amateur Radio and its nature
- Licensing Conditions, such as operational restrictions for your license level etc
- Technical Basics, don't panic you don't need a degree in Quantum theory, we cover such things as units of measurement, simple circuit theory etc
- Transmitters and Receivers, such as what do all the bells and whistles do, how they work in basic terms etc
- Feeders and antennas, this section covers how antennas work, what types there are and how we get the signal to them
- Propagation, no not growing flows, but how radio waves travel to and from the antenna and how the ionosphere interacts with them
- EMC, in short how radio devices live in our modern electronic world, and how we can deal with interference etc
- Operating Practices and procedures, this section works in tandem with the practical element of the training, it basically gives you the skills and knowledge of how to operate your radio
- Safety, the last but possibly the most important section. This covers everything to keep you informed and safe when operating.
There are several breaks during the day, and we often split into small groups to take part in the practical assessments which form part of the examination, these practical elements include:
- Tuning in the antenna to the frequency you want to use
- How to connect and disconnect the radio and related equipment
- How to use an antenna matching unit to make your antenna work on a desired frequency
- On the air instruction, making a CQ call, talking to other operators, using the phonetic alphabet etc
- Morse appreciation (This isn't as bad as it sounds), using crib sheets you will send and decode morse at your own pace
We complete any of the practical assessments required and run over any elements that candidates may be struggling with, we sometimes run through a mock exam to see how candidates are progressing. Then once that is completed the examination normally takes place mid afternoon. The examination consists of multiple choice questions (26 questions) and you have 55 minutes to complete them. There are several mock exam papers available on the internet to help you.
The exam papers looks something like this:
The exma papers are marked locally to determine a Pass or Fail, but the papers must be re-marked at HQ for the final Mark to be confirmed. This process takes around 3-5 days and then you receive your Official result.
Once you have your result, you register on the OFCOM website and fill in your details, the system will then issue you with a callsign and license.
If you wish to participate in a Foundation course with us, then you will need to make contact with us by filling in our registration form by clicking below
PLEASE NOTE: Our Foundation course Fee is £45, this includes the examination and the room fees for the weekend but does not include the Foundation license now booklet, this can be purchased from us if you wish.