“Those who hear not the music, think the dancer mad”

Foundation Licence

Starting in Amateur Radio

I had always been interested in amateur radio, but had been deterred from gaining my licence by the exams required. In early 2002 I was speaking to a friend of mine, who explained about the Foundation Licence, this certainly rekindled my interest! Searching the Web I found my local radio club and signed up for the Foundation Course...

An early start on the weekend of 13/14th July 2002 with perhaps the best weather of the year, saw 11 of us gather for the start of the first SADARS Foundation License course. After the introductions we were divided into groups and then steadily worked through the syllabus with our ever patience instructors! Whatever people's previous knowledge everybody learnt things! After a welcome fish and chip lunch Saturday passed quickly. Homework was the sample paper.

Early start Sunday for the practical side of the course. Both HF and VHF mobiles were set-up to enable us to operate some different equipment and to do our first QSO's.

After lunch, some revision and then the exam. Perhaps the first exam that people had taken for a while but with the tuition we had received, everybody passed. So thanks to the Foundation Licence there will soon be 11 more keen amateurs on the air.

Foundation Course - All Passed!
Foundation Course 13/14 July 2002

More About The Foundation Licence

The Stevenage and District ARS are now running foundation courses approximately every 3 months.

To find out about dates, venue, place availability etc. Please contact foundation@sadars.org

Other information and downloadable material can be obtained from The Bredhurst Receiving and Transmitting Society

More information about Licences from The Radio Society Of Great Britain