Getting Started in Amateur Radio: The Foundation Licence
The Foundation licence is your gateway to amateur radio. The course and exam that leads to the licence provides you with an exciting introduction to the hobby while requiring an acceptable minimum level of skill and experience.
Your Foundation licence is recognized by the UK communications regulator Ofcom, and entitles you to take a unique identifier called a callsign which will be used to identify you when you are transmitting.
The Foundation Exam
Don’t be put off by the thought of having to do an exam. The Foundation exam is very straightforward and consists of 26 multiple choice questions which you have 45 minutes to answer. Your exam paper is marked on the spot by the invigilator straight after the exam so there is no long wait to know whether you have passed or not.
What happens After the Foundation Exam?
If you have passed the Foundation exam you will receive an official result sheet confirming the pass from the invigilator on the day of the exam.
The next step is to register your Foundation exam pass with the UK communications regulator Ofcom, who are responsible for issuing amateur radio licences. If you apply for your Foundation licence on the Ofcom website, your licence is free of charge. Visit the Ofcom website to find out more.
Once you have your Foundation licence and have chosen a callsign, you are ready to make your first transmission on the amateur radio bands; an exciting moment. You are now free to operate on all the amateur bands, without supervision, up to a power of 10 watts. This does not sound like very much power, but once you have acquired experience operating your radio you will find it is enough to communicate anywhere in the world.
SBARC – Foundation Course Structure
|Lessons / Syllabus||Updated|
|Introduction to Foundation course.||31 December 2011|
|Amateur Radio and Licence Conditions||25 September 2011|
|Technical Basics 1||25 September 2011|
|Transmitters and Receivers||25 September 2011|
|25 September 2011|
|Feeders Antennas and SWR||25 September 2011|
|Propagation and EMC||25 September 2011|
|Operating Procedures and Practices||25 September 2011|
|Exam Preparation||25 September 2011|
|25 September 2011|
|Syllabus||29th May 2010|
|2011 Issue 20m and 2m Band Plan||25 September 2011|