The Foundation licence is the gateway to amateur radio. The Foundation course and exam that leads to the licence provides you with an 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. This is also suitable for the Scouts & Guides to automatically get their Communicators Badge.
The Foundation course takes place locally in a friendly and informal environment and candidates are not rushed. The course usually starts with an introduction to the club for the prospective candidate and the filling in of all of the necessary forms so we can book an exam giving at least 3 weeks for the exam date so the papers can be processed by the RCF in time for the exam. We would like at least 2 candidates and preferably more for the course as it makes it more interesting for the candidates.
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.
Don’t be put off by the thought of having to do an exam. The Foundation exam is very straightforward and consists of 25 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. Our experienced Trainers have had a very successful pass rate for this course.
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.
Your 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. Allow at least two weeks before contacting OFCOM as there is a delay in processing your examination papers.
Once you have your Foundation licence and have chosen a callsign, you are ready to make your first radio contact 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.
The cost of the course including exam fees in £45 but this fee may vary in the current climate. The club has a stock of course books available for £5 which is needed for successful completion of the course
To find out more about the Foundation Courses at Lincoln Short Wave Club all you have to do is to complete the form below and we will get back to you.