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 recognised 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.
Most of the training is practical, there is a small amount of radio and electronics theory but only enough for you to appreciate things like using the correct fuses in your equipment and how to build an antenna to get the most out of your radio station.
The course will be held over 6 weeks, with the last week being your OFCOM examination.
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 55 minutes to answer.
Your exam paper is checked by the invigilator straight after the exam so you will have a good idea if you have passed before you leave. The formal marking is carried out electronically at the RSGB Examinations Department.
For the Foundation licence the costs will be: £10 club membership, £25 course fee and £27.50 exam fee.
You will receive an official result sheet in the post from the RSGB Examinations Department. This takes at least six days working days from the of receipt of your exam paper at HQ.
If you have passed, you will at the same time receive a certificate and your candidate number. The examination office will upload your pass to the UK communications regulator Ofcom, who are responsible for issuing amateur radio licences.
You may then log on to the Ofcom licensing system to apply for your licence. Please make sure that you have your candidate number to hand, because you will need this to complete the process.
If you apply for your Foundation licence on the Ofcom website, your licence is free of charge.
Our next Foundation Course dates (See Calendar Below):
To attend training sessions, practicals or the exam, you will need to be a member of the club. You can join here. A £2 fee is also charged to all members who attend the club facilities on nights other than training sessions.
We strongly recommend that you purchase yourself a copy of the Foundation Licence - Now! book by Alan Betts. This book is regularly updated, so to ensure you are purchasing the CURRENT version we recommend purchasing it direct from the RSGB BOOK SHOP. This book is used as the basis for your training and is essential reading.
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Some fantastic online resources are available to support your learning such as hamtrain.co.uk who offer online courses.