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Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 14 May 2020, 11:20
by M5GWH
Hi everyone.

Lockdown has caused an upsurge in interest in those wanting to gain their Foundation Licence (probably because you can do it without the Practical assessment and outside of a club).

I've put together a FAQ document at https://tinyurl.com/ukflfaq/ and its being updated on a regular, sometimes daily basis.

Everything is covered from the buying the book, online courses and revision resources to applying for the exam, pre exam meeting and what happens on the day.

Please share with anyone interested and, if you're going for the exam - good luck!

Leigh M5GWH

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 14 May 2020, 14:46
by Mitch
Link doesn't work, try this


Any Full licence courses online?

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 14 May 2020, 20:29
by stanogs68
i know you can do your foundation with a web cam but what about the practicals for the higher courses

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 19 Nov 2020, 14:33
by MorseMan
Just do the foundation online, Absolutly no construction needed.
It's doubtful if you need any kind of knowledge at all really.
I know a guy who took the test absolutely pi**ed out of his head & still passed with flying colours.
If he can do it anyone can.
About 12 hours of casual study should ensure a pass.

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 19 Nov 2020, 16:43
by Mikel
By the way, as a reminder if you want to do any of the online exams, you must have either a Windows computer (Windows 7 and above) or a Mac (Mac OS 10.8 or later).

So no Linux or similar derivatives allowed unfortunately. :cry:

It would have been no good for me, as all my machines are Linux, and have been for a number of years. No crashes, no blue screen of death, no virus problems etc with Linux Mint, YMMV but for me it has been a vast improvement and I will never go back to Windows.

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 19 Nov 2020, 16:53
by Transwarp
Are you saying you like Linux or Windows? 8)

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 19 Nov 2020, 20:36
by Mikel
Transwarp wrote: 19 Nov 2020, 16:53 Are you saying you like Linux or Windows? 8)

I like Linux and would not go back to Windows if I could help it, that is why I stated:

all my machines are Linux, and have been for a number of years. No crashes, no blue screen of death, no virus problems etc with Linux Mint, YMMV but for me it has been a vast improvement and I will never go back to Windows.

I think that the RSGB should have engaged an exam provider that produced examination software for Linux users.

I have no particular axe to grind with the RSGB, and I think they do some good work, but I think in this particular instance they have been narrow minded in their outlook.

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 20 Nov 2020, 09:40
by Ant
I don't think they've been narrow minded. They're not going to have something developed for an OS a small percentage of computer users use, for an exam to be taken by a tiny percentage of the population.

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 21 Nov 2020, 12:07
by Mikel
Ant wrote: 20 Nov 2020, 09:40 I don't think they've been narrow minded. They're not going to have something developed for an OS a small percentage of computer users use, for an exam to be taken by a tiny percentage of the population.
Yeah you're probably right, I suppose it all boils down to money at the end of the day, what with the RSGB being a “not-for-profit” organisation etc.

I am not one of these people who likes to criticise the RSGB every chance I get, I think they are a force for good and hey, where is the alternative to them?

If the truth be known I am just having a moan, as I am unable to do the full license even if I wanted to, because you need 2 Windows computers to sit the exam and I am 100% Linux here. I might be able to borrow one Windows computer but not two and i'm not going to splash the cash just to sit an exam :)

Saying that mind you from my strictly anecdotal, experience a higher percentage of radio enthusiasts are Linux/Ubuntu users compared to the general population, but I accept that my experience may not be typical :thumbup:

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 14 Feb 2021, 20:52
by stanogs68
weres the link to the online test

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 08:07
by Alan Pilot
stanogs68 wrote: 14 Feb 2021, 20:52 weres the link to the online test
You have to go on the RSGB website and book a test.

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 16:40
by 26mb04
I am one of the people to criticise the RSGB (Ltd) at every chance I get, but I can't really see an issue here. Saying you can't do the test because you haven't got Windows (same here, btw) is (for example) like saying you refuse to go on 20M because your dual bander won't tune there. The RSGB don't have to offer an online exam at all, the fact they have is something that should be applauded (am I really saying this??). Could you not run windows in a VM or something?

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 20:14
by MrWeetabix
The way I read it, it is a limitation of the Testreach app, which is a 3rd party app and something that the RSGB will have paid for. It offers support for windows or MAC systems, which covers the vast amount of users (to be fair). All supporting docs from the RSGB are provided on PDF or Word format, both of which have plenty of free readers available for multiple Operating Systems.

I understand why some people choose to run non-windows or MAC systems, but its a choice made knowing that compatibility can be problematic.

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 22:53
by Transwarp
Is this topic about licence exams or Windows vs Linux?

My view is that everything nowadays is based around tech and to the point if you don't have you can't do something. Make no wonder handwriting and mental arithmetic skills have declined and limb and eyesight problems have risen. Nothing wrong with old school ways, books, pens, paper and snail mail. All helps keep the mail services in business as well.

Re: Foundation Licence FAQ

Posted: 16 Feb 2021, 07:58
by milly
stanogs68 wrote: 14 May 2020, 20:29 i know you can do your foundation with a web cam but what about the practicals for the higher courses
There are no compulory practicals for the Intermediate/Full licences. Both are multiple-guess based tests?