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ONLINE Foundation Training Course – starts in October

Our next FOUNDATION LEVEL Amateur Radio course starts at the beginning of October 2020 and will, be conducted using online interactive software which will allow students to interact with each other and with the LIVE trainer. Anyone can apply from anywhere in the UK and you do not need to be a member of the club to train with us.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no practical sessions, and the exam can be held online from the comfort of your own home.

The course is currently being run by volunteer instructors and is completely FREE of charge. Please note: the October course will run through until the end of November and will therefore be the last course held until after Christmas.

For more information, or to apply for a place, visit https://www.chippenhamradio.club and select the TRAINING tab.

2020 RALLY CANCELLED

Unfortunately due to restrictions still in place because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have unfortunately had to cancel the rally for 2020.

Hopefully the rally will return in July 2021.

Online FOUNDATION COURSE available now…

Thought about taking the FOUNDATION LEVEL exam, but never had the time?

Now really is the time to start a new and exciting hobby. For a limited period of time, we will be running our Foundation course online with live instructors and interactive media resources which will allow students to interact and test themselves as they learn.

All practical assessments are currently suspended, so if you wont need to worry about undertaking those, and the exam can now be taken from the comfort of your own home when its convenient for you.

If you are interested in applying, or if you know anyone who might be – please contact us. At the moment we have a handful of spaces remaining.

For the COURSE – What do you need? Any computer with a decent internet connection. Mic/webcam is not NEEDED for the course itself but you will need speakers. If you have access to a tablet or smartphone as well, this will also make things easier.

For the EXAM – What do you need? A Windows (Windows 7+) or Mac (Mac OS 10.8+) desktop or laptop with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM (no tablets, smartphones or Linux) with a webcam, mic and speakers (or headset) and a stable internet connection (512kbps or greater).

As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, it’s now possible to take your amateur radio Foundation exam from home. Here is a short video looking at how : https://youtu.be/_okw9PJrqrE

Coronavirus Update

Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are not currently holding any club meetings at Kington Langley Village Hall. This is in part due to the need to protect our community from unnecessary risk and because we do not feel, given the restrictions in place at the venue, it would be in the best interest for most of our regular members to attend – especially as this environment will be used by many other user groups and it will be impractical to adequately safeguard our members from the risks of cross contamination.

Sadly this is probably the longest the club has gone without offering face-to-face regular meetings in its 50+ years of operation! Previously our biggest foe was adverse weather and floodings!

That said, regular NETS are being held on Tuesday evenings in its place, and Foundation Level training courses are still being offered and run through the wizardry of the 21st Century.

The ZELLO community channel is also operational for club members to join in the regular discussions and debates.

It is the committees hope and intention that with all being well, we will look to return our meetings to Tuesday evenings in September.

Meanwhile – for those who aren’t aware, shortly before the lockdown, measures were being put in place to complete our operating area within the club which will offer a dedicated operating station, internet connected PC and a selection of various radios (including HF, VHF, UHF and DMR).

We, the committee, hope that all club members and Amateur Radio users who follow our club through this page are staying safe and well and we hope to speak to you soon!