How to get started in amateur radio
Here is a video explaining a little more about the hobby, and how to get started by getting a Foundation licence:
The Foundation Licence is an introductory licence to encourage new amateur radio operators to get a taste of the hobby, and to get on-air. As a Foundation licence holder, you’ll have access at low power to a range of different frequencies, but you can gain more power and privileges as you progress to the Intermediate and Full licences.
Getting a Foundation Licence will allow you to transmit on the VHF / UHF and HF bands to a power of up to 10 watts, which with a modest aerial and radio will be enough to get you into much of Europe and beyond.
The Foundation Licence Now! book is an essential part of the UK Foundation Licence. It’s a 32-page A4 book that explains all of the basics, contains handy bits of information for the newbie amateur, and tells you what you need to know to pass the exam. At the time of writing, it’s under £5 at Amazon. (More: Amateur Radio Books)
Foundation Licence & Callsign
Your exam paper is normally marked as soon as the exam is finished, so you’ll get an idea of whether you’ve passed “while you wait”. Assuming you pass, you’ll be sent a Pass certificate by post from the RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain).
Your details will be passed on to the UK regulator, Ofcom, and you’ll be able to apply for your licence and callsign.
For details of how to do this, see: How to apply for your amateur radio licence
Your Foundation callsign will begin with “M7” followed by three letters, and you can pick those three letters yourself (if the callsign you’re after hasn’t been taken)
Once you have your callsign and your licence, you’re able to start transmitting on HF (long distance) and VHF/UHF (shorter distances), and you can start to see where the hobby takes you.
Hopefully, this page has given you a feel for the process and how to get started. If you are keen to get on and get your licence, it’s a case of studying for the exam. You can learn from reading the book or taking online courses, but many prefer to learn with a local amateur radio club. A good number of amateur radio clubs offer training courses, which include the practical sessions.
All Foundation licence holders are required to demonstrate that they can connect and use an amateur radio transmitter and antenna. The practical assessments have to be completed in front of a Registered Assessor – Normally, a local amateur radio club can help with practical sessions.
The tutors hand-hold you through the process and assess you as the course progresses. The practical part of the course helps you to understand what to do when you get your licence, and how to get on-air safely. Practicals include:
More: See our Amateur Radio Foundation Practicals videos
After completing the practical part of the course, you’re required to sit a 26-question multiple choice exam. The questions are in the following categories:
You have 55 minutes to answer the 26 questions, and if you’ve paid attention during the course, and studied the book, then the exam should present no problems at all. To pass, you’ll need to get 19 of the 26 questions correct. For more, see Getting Started: Foundation Exam.
We are are pleased to offer Practical's and exams for people wishing to obtain a amateur radio license.
When are the practicals exams run
How much will the course cost?
Wrexham Amatuer Radio Society
Our registered examination centre is booked for(NEXT DATE?) for those candidates wishing to take Intermediate/Foundation exams Please do not leave it to the last minute before letting us know if you wish to be on the list.
Kevin Holt MW7AFM
Who passed his foundation exam on the 27/5/15
Who passed his foundation exam on the 15/6/19
with a 100% indicative pass mark.