Dragon ARC Full Licence Course
Dragon ARC are pleased to announce our latest Full Licence Training course. This will start on Monday 12th April, 7 for a 7:30pm start. All following sessions will be held on a Wednesday evening, starting on Wednesday 21st April 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 Full 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 Full Licence course, please contact our club secretary, Simon Taylor via the email address at the bottom of this page.
Full Licence

You have worked hard to get your amateur radio licence, and have progressed through to being an Intermediate Licence holder.

Maybe you are ready now to take on the UK’s ultimate amateur radio qualification: the Full Radio Communications exam leading to the issuing of a Full Licence.

A lot of privileges and responsibilities come with a Full Licence, not least from the fact that you will be able to transmit at up to 400 watts of power.

You will also receive with your Full Licence the ability to legally transmit from almost every country in the world.

The course

We are not going to pretend that getting a Full Licence will be easy.

A complex technical exam has to be passed that requires considerable study for success.

So you must be prepared to invest a good amount of time and effort in your studies.

When studying for the Advanced Radio Communications exam there is no requirement to take a formal training course, this is because the examination is entirely theory based, with no practical training element.

It is possible to study at home on your own or you can join our Full Licence course.

The Dragon ARC Full Licence Course is held on Zoom and consists of lectures, videos, group support or 1 to 1 group sessions, homework assignments and mock exams.

The exam

Assessment is by an online examination paper of 62 multiple choice questions each with four possible responses. The examination lasts two hours and is available on a date of your choice; it is administered on behalf of the government telecommunications agency OFCOM by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). You will be given an indicative result immediately after your exam and will receive your official result after around 6 working days. For the Advanced Radio Communications exam there is a fee of £37.50. You must have passed the Intermediate exam before taking the Advanced.

What happens after the exam?

Around 6 days after your exam, you shall receive official confirmation by post including a pass certificate and details on how to apply for your free licence online at the OFCOM website.

Visit the Ofcom website to find out more.

Ofcom will then issue you with your new, upgraded radio licence and you can get started immediately on the Full Licence frequency allocations at up to 400 watts power.

For almost all radio amateurs receiving a Full Licence is a very proud moment, indicating as it does that their skills and knowledge of amateur radio have been tested to the highest level possible in the UK.

A whole new world awaits of global operating, contesting and expeditions.