BEGINNERS, new to radio – want to learn?
If you want to learn more or get on the path to becoming licensed…
The first steps towards becoming a radio “ham” for many will be for them to find and join a local club. These clubs will provide information about licensing requirements, operating practices and help the aspirants to improve their technical knowledge.
The Radio Society of Great Britain, which has branches throughout the United Kingdom, provides training courses to pass the license examinations and also provides venues for examination centres.
Joining a local branch of the Radio Society and enrolling on a training course is a necessary first step, but in addition, newcomers can also consider studying independently by purchasing books and other relevant materials. Through their local club, they may often find a mentor, or friend who can help guide them down the path to becoming licensed.
The UK has three types of licence that can be obtained: the Foundation, the Intermediate and the Full. Each licence requires an increasing degree of competence and technical knowledge, and once the relevant examination has been successfully completed, a correspondingly higher level of privileges is granted.
The basic entry for all newcomers is Foundation licence. This is a new licence that was introduced in 2002, and is designed to get the applicant aware of the various aspects of amateur radio as soon as possible. The course is mainly practical, but there is a minimum amount of technical competence required, such as how to use the correct fuses in the radio equipment, and how to build a suitable antenna.
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