It’s actually not necessary to take a course to sit the Intermediate exam. Although you would still need to attend the club to do the Practical assessments before sitting the exam. We would strongly recommend you taking the course as all our club trainers have a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to impart to their students.
Understandably the Intermediate course is longer and more challenging than the Foundation. It aims to teach many of the fundamentals of radio in a stimulating way by actually undertaking practical tasks such as soldering, building a small project and a variety of other exercises. It builds on the experience you have gained as a Foundation licence holder.
Two methods of assessment are used. First, a practical skills assessment is taken which demonstrates your competence in basic electronics. This involves soldering a rudimentary circuit together using some of the components you learned about on the course.
This is followed by an examination of 45 multiple-choice questions each with four possible responses, which covers the remainder of the syllabus. The examination lasts 1¼ hours. The exam is now electronic and taken using a laptop. As with the Foundation, your result is presented to you as soon as you have finished.
The next step is to claim you new call sign on the Ofcom website, who are responsible for issuing amateur radio licences. This may not be available straight away and could take as long as a week, as the RSGB need to submit you exam pass to them. If you apply for your Intermediate licence on the Ofcom website, your licence is free of charge. Visit the Ofcom website to find out more. Once you have claimed your new call sign after a few minutes you will be able to download your licence documents. You can get started immediately on the Intermediate frequency allocations at up to 50 watts power.
Now you are one step closer to having the Advanced licence; an internationally recognised qualification that will enable you to transmit legally almost anywhere in the world.
To find out more about the Intermediate Courses at Lincoln Short Wave Club contact our Training Officer Les G1LQB. All you have to do is to complete the form below and Les will get back to you. Starting dates of Courses can be found in the club Calendar. We will also post on the website when the next course is being planned.