Amateur Licence Training Courses and Exams
Although anybody with the correct equipment may listen in to Amateur Radio transmissions, you need a licence in order to operate a transmitter on the Amateur Radio bands. In the United Kingdom, these licences are issued by Ofcom.
Ofcom currently run a three tier system of Amateur Radio licences with each tier being aimed at a different type of person and each tier having its own rules and privileges.
Click on the approriate panel, below, for more detail about the courses that the Gloucester Amateur Radio and Electronics Society can supply or support
Please note that all examinations taken at Gloucester Amateur Radio & Electronics Society are paper based
This is the entry level and must be passed by everyone who wishes to operate an Amateur Radio transmitter in the UK.
Foundation licence holders can operate commercially designed equipment with a maximum power of 10 Watts (although you can use aerial arrays to boost the effective power of the signal).
The exam consists of practical tests and a multiple choice theory paper.
The aim of the training and exam is to ensure that you can install and operate your station safely without causing interference to others.
Intermediate Licence holders can operate transmitters with a power of up to 50 watts in the UK and can also use home made equipment.
The aim of the training and exam is to give you enough information that you can start to tackle repairs and build your own equipment using published designs.
(Please note that you must have passed the Foundation exams before you can take the Intermediate exams).
This is the final step for Intermediate Licence holders. The Full Licence allows you to can operate transmitters with a power of up to 400 watts, to operate from countries outside the UK and to use additional frequency bands.
There is no practical exam at this level, only the multiple choice theory paper.
The aim of the training and exam is to give you enough information that you can start to understand the principles that will allow you to modify equipment or designs, for example so that a rig operates on a different band or in a different mode.
The nature of this exam means that most students self study or join a distance learning course.
We can help with mentoring and with facilitating the exam.
(Please note that you must have passed the Foundation and Intermediate exams before you can take the Advanced exam).
Courses are normally free although you will need to pay for the exam and there may be a small charge for materials. You will also need to provide your own tools and a project to build for the Intermediate Course.
Our courses are run by authorised but totally unpaid volunteers who give their time freely but we do NOT offer an on demand service for training.
Please remember that the courses and exams will only give you the minimum level of competence. As with the car driving test, there is a lifetime of experience and additional information to be gained after you have passed your test.
At this time, we are NOT able to offer Computer Based Examinations.