What we do
Amateur Radio

Foundation Licence Training Course


You do NOT need to be a member of Gloucester Amateur Radio and Electronics Society, the Radio Society of Great Britain or any other organisation in order to attend the courses. You simply need a keen motivation to become a Radio Amateur.

The Foundation Licence is the first of three licence classes that are available for Radio Amateurs. A licence is needed in order to transmit on the amateur bands (although you may transmit on the CB and PMR bands without a licence).

Foundation licence holders may use up to 10 Watts on most of the popular frequencies and may normally use aerial arrays to boost the effective power of their signal

The foundation programme consists of ten theory modules and seven practical tasks.


  1. Nature or Amateur Radio
  2. Licence & Licence Conditions
  3. Technical Basics
    1. Units of measurement
    2. Volts (AC & DC), Amps, Ohms and Watts
    3. Frequencies
  4. Transmitters and Receivers
  5. Feeders and Antennas
  6. Propagation
  7. EMC
  8. Operating Practices and Procedures
  9. Safety
  10. Morse Code

Practical Tasks

In addition to passing an examination on the theory of these items, students must also demonstrate:

  1. Connecting transmitters/receivers, ATUís and power supplies
  2. Tuning an HF receiver and ATU
  3. Holding an HF SSB contact
  4. Tuning a VHF receiver
  5. Holding a VHF FM contact
  6. Adjusting an aerial
  7. Sending and Receiving Morse Code

Course Content

Our training is currently in abeyance pending the design of a new method of course delivery. Further details will be posted on this website when they become available.

Before the Course

ē obtain and read the “Foundation Now” book ISBN: 9781-8723-0980-4.
ē read any other course material that may be supplied
ē listen to contacts on the Amateur Radio bands (preferably 3.5 to 3.8MHz or 14.0 to 14.35MHz SSB)

What you need to bring to a course

The “Foundation Now” book
Something to write notes with (e.g. a pen)
Something to write notes on
Lunch on each day (tea and coffee will be provided)
Your brain, which must be working!

Why is the book not included in the course?

Experience has shown that many candidates already have their own copy of the book. There are also sources that can be cheaper than we can obtain from the RSGB. In addition, you will need to obtain the book as early as possible and not wait until the course starts.


About Us
Contact Us