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Foundation Licence Training Course

Next Foundation Course


The next Foundation course will be on Saturday and Sunday 19/20th January 2019 with the exam on Monday 11th February 2019. For more information or to reserve your place, please email g4aym @ aol . com or use the Contact Us form.


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

You can register your interest in attending the next available Foundation Course by sending an email to g4aym @ aol . com or by using our Contact Us form
Please note that there is a different address for the Intermediate course

The current 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

Typical Course Content

Our Foundation Courses normally take place over a single weekend with the exam on a Monday evening following the course.

Day 1

What is “Amateur Radio”
Licence types
The course and examinations
A typical amateur radio station
Frequency bands and band plans
HF and VHF
HF and VHF Propagation
FM and SSB
Setting up the equipment
Power Supplies
ATUís (and low pass filters)
Feeders and aerials
A typical HF/SSB QSO
A typical VHF/FM QSO
Practice sessions
Practical examinations 1 (8f.1), 2 (8e.3, 8e.4) and 3 (8e1, 8e.2, 8e.5)
EMC and Interference
Licence Conditions

Day 2

Technical Basics
Volts, amps, ohms and watts
Units of measure
Ohmís Law
AC and DC
Frequencies and Wavelength
Feeders and Antennas
Practical examination 4 (8f.2)
Practical examination 5 (10)

(Numbers in brackets refer to the elements of the practical examination)
Mock theory exams are normally held throughout the course

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.

How do I book onto a course?

For the Foundation Course send an email to g4aym @ aol . com or use the Contact Us form.
Please note that there is a different email address for the Intermediate course

If you have any other questions, please use our Contact Us form.


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