Foundation Licence

Our Next Foundation Course
Dragon ARC are pleased to announce our latest Foundation Licence Training course. This will start on Friday 7th May 7pm start. All following sessions will be held on a Friday evening at 7pm.
The course will cost £5, to help cover the cost of Zoom. You will be expected to have a new copy of the Foundation Licence Manual, which can be found via the link below the picture to the right. You will also need to book an exam, we shall give you an indication when it is appropriate to do so. Further information about the exam is elsewhere on this page.
If you are interested in joining our Foundation Licence course, please contact our club secretary, Simon Taylor via the email address at the bottom of this page.
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.

The course

The Foundation courses are currently run online using Zoom. When COVID - 19 conditions allow, we shall hold a day of practical assessment in our club meeting place. Currently, however all practical assessments are suspended and the course is 100% online.

The course consists of all you need to know to pass the Foundation exam, from licence conditions, 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 and in usual times simple practical instruction and assessment.

Your course will take 10 - 12 hours to complete, and can be spread out over a few weeks.

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The exam

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. The exam is online and you shall be given your indicative result immediately afterwards.

For the Foundation licence course exam there is a fee of £27.50.

We shall advise you when and how to book your exam during the course

What happens after the exam?

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.

Visit the Ofcom website to find out more about applying for an amateur radio licence.

Once you have your Foundation licence and have chosen a callsign from those available, you are ready to make your first transmission on the amateur radio bands; an exciting moment.

You are then free to operate on the most frequently used 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 almost anywhere in the world.

To find out more call the RSGB Examinations Department on 01234 832 700.

Our advisors will be pleased to answer any question you may have about obtaining a Foundation licence.

The RSGB wishes you the best of luck on your journey to becoming a licensed radio amateur.