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Foundation licence

Post by Skip searcher » 07 Jun 2015, 18:04

I'm considering To study for the foundation licence I'm based in London any members here studying at the moment! what is the time frame and how many questions In the Exam is it just theory or is any practical involved ...

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Re: Foundation licence

Post by Transwarp » 07 Jun 2015, 19:55

Things may have changed since I got my mine years ago. I did my learning and exam over a full weekend, the only practical things I had do was to give a radio report to another operator and do a short morse exercise using a crib sheet and that was it. Other members on here who are more in touch with the courses will be able to advise further.
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Post by Trog » 07 Jun 2015, 21:03

I'm studying for my Foundation at the moment. I don't think there is a time frame as such, you just take as long as you need with it until you feel ready to sit the exam. I would advise joining your local amateur radio club as you'll need to be a member of a club to sit the exam, which they will organise. The club will also help you to train.
There are 26 multiple choice questions in the Foundation exam.
I would also recommend joining HamTests which allows you to study and take mock exams online.
This is free to join.
http://www.hamtests.co.uk/

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Re: Foundation licence

Post by Road_Hog » 08 Jun 2015, 21:48

Skip searcher wrote:I'm considering To study for the foundation licence I'm based in London any members here studying at the moment! what is the time frame and how many questions In the Exam is it just theory or is any practical involved ...
About 6 weeks from the very start of the course, to the day of the exam, roughly.

26 questions. Small practical prior to the exam, does not count towards exam pass %.

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Re: Foundation licence

Post by Skip searcher » 08 Jun 2015, 21:55

Great thanks for your input I'm just going to search some local clubs

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Post by CBR1100XX » 09 Jun 2015, 11:13

I'm led to believe that some clubs do it over a weekend ( Saturday and Sunday all day and then the test at the end of Sunday ) whilst others do it over several weeks , couple of hours 1 night a week at the clubs qth . If you don't already have it I would suggest that you buy the Foundation licence book from the likes of http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/Online ... ng_19.html

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Post by liamhere » 09 Jun 2015, 15:47

I did mine over two days at a weekend up north
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Re: Foundation licence

Post by GW0DIV » 09 Jun 2015, 16:53

It's about 12 - 18 hours plus practicals.
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Re: Foundation licence

Post by kr0ne » 10 Jun 2015, 03:17

GW0DIV wrote:It's about 12 - 18 hours plus practicals.
That sounds about right... did mine over a weekend. Two short days - and to be honest, they struggled to fill those. Heavens knows how some pad it out to 6+ weeks!

It really is very easy and is designed so that anyone, even children, can get into the hobby. You're not supposed to need to be a member of any club, although I have heard that some insist. You should have plenty of choice in London though.

The RSGB site has a list of all clubs offering courses / exams along with contact details.

Good luck! :thumbup:

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Re: Foundation licence

Post by EI3HTB » 17 Jun 2015, 00:15

Buy the Foundation Book http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/Online ... ng_19.html and read it cover to cover 2 or 3 times (its not very big) and try and find a weekend course . If you read that book a few times you will have NO problem passing ! Best of luck !
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Re: Foundation licence

Post by ste03 » 17 Jun 2015, 09:57

Go for it am glad i did buy the foundation now book as suggested,go online rsgb website to find training resources in the meantime.Hoping to do the intermediate licence when funds allow.

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Re: Foundation licence

Post by GW0DIV » 27 Jun 2015, 12:45

Have a look at South Bristol ARC's training material:

http://www.sbarc.co.uk/training/
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