Foundation Course – Frequently Asked Questions

Enquiry

Thank you for enquiring about doing a foundation course with Stockport Radio Society.  Below is everything you need to know about taking the course.  If you have any queries, either speak to a member on a society night, or email courses@g8srs.co.uk.

Courses

Stockport Radio Society will normally run two – three courses each year.  Normally January, June and September.  We normally run these over a weekend between the hours of 9am  and 5pm.  Additional courses maybe run, depending on the number of candidates requesting to take the course, and availability of tutors and invigilators and of course the room on the weekend in question.

Attending the Course

The course consists of practical and theory.  Approximately 50% of the course is practical’s, which will need to be assessed and signed off.   Stockport Radio Society also offers a ‘Skills Night’, which once you have paid for your examination fee, you could undertake the practical assignments on a skills night.  The reason for running the course over two days, is for those candidates with a small amount or no knowledge of amateur radio, but are keen to obtain a UK amateur licence, hence why the practical is integrated with the theory.

May I simply take the Exam?

If you have an understand of the technical background, and understand the technology, then you do not need to attend the course as such, but you will still need to do the practical assessment.  If you have taken your practical assessments with another RSGB registered assessor which is dated within one year, then you are eligible to sit the examination with another club.  To do this, you must produce your signed assessment.

What costs are incurred for the Weekend Course

To ensure that we cover costs for the weekend, we need to ensure that we have a minimum of 4 candidates on the course.  Course costs – £45.00 which includes the examination fee as set by RSGB – £27.50 (as at July 2013).  This also includes the hire of the JB room, and any consumables.

Where do the courses take place?

The courses take place at Walthew House, 112 Shaw Road, Stockport SK2 6QS.  There is a fully equipped kitchen where you are able to have tea and coffee and biscuits. A Co-op store is within walking distance for food. We are very close to Stockport Train Station and only a short distance from the M60 – junction 1.  Buses No 309, 313, 374 stop opposite Walthew House and run from Stockport Bus Station

What is the duration of the Course?

The course takes place on both days at 9am and finishes at 5pm.  The examination takes place on the Sunday afternoon between 3pm and 3.45pm.  You will have an indicative result the same day, but this will be confirmed once the RSGB have marked the sheets.

When do I get my Callsign?

The examination papers are returned to the RSGB for marking on the Monday following the examination.  Normally it takes 6 working days for RSGB to update the Ofcom database.  You will be informed by RSGB that you have either passed or failed, and then you will be able to obtain your callsign.  This is a lifetime licence, but must be validated every 5 years on the OFCOM website.  Licence condition information can be obtained from the Ofcom website.

Can I go ‘on air’ before doing the course

If you have been registered as a foundation candidate, then you are able to go ‘on air’ under supervision as part of your training at one of the ‘skills nights’ that are on at Stockport Radio Society.  It is advisable to ask any questions, and also to get used to the equipment and also familiarise yourself with the do’s and don’ts of amateur radio.

Do I have to be a member of SRS to take the course?

We would love you to become a member, but you can take the course whether you are a member or not.  Stockport Radio Society would advise all newcomers to the hobby, to join either our club, or a club close to your home.  As most clubs have members with a wealth of knowledge of different aspects of the hobby, help is always on hand.   Your nearest club can be found on the RSGB website.

Most areas have repeaters that are close to the area that the club is in.  To help with the running costs of these repeaters, we ask members to join the UK Repeater Group UKFMGW

How do I need to prepare for the course?

The course is based around the RSGB booklet ‘Foundation Licence Now’ which can be purchased on line from the RSGB website, and also the RCF Syllabus which can be downloaded from the RSGB or RCF website.  The booklet covers all the information you need to know to pass the exam.  Familiarising yourself in advance will be a benefit to you before you take the course.

You can also come along to any society night that is held at Stockport Radio Society (1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month), and ask questions at the meetings on anything that you are unsure of.

I want to take the course – what do I do?

If you are interested in taking a course with Stockport Radio Society, email courses@g8srs.co.uk with your details – this must include your name, address, home and/or mobile number and an upto date email address.  Our Course Secretary will then send you details of when the next course is scheduled for, and will add you to the list.  You will then be sent an email confirming the date of the course and also when the fee is due

If you are under 16, the forms must be countersigned by a parent or guardian. 

I am registered Disabled and/or with Special Needs – Can I still take the course?

We try to accommodate everyone who wishes to take the course.  Walthew House is wheelchair friendly, and has disabled parking in their car park.

Can I take the Intermediate and Advanced (Full Licence) with SRS

We would love you to continue your learning with Stockport Radio Society and offer both courses at Walthew House.  Course details can be found on the RSGB’s website – http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/getting-started-introduction/ or  you can contact courses@g8srs.co.uk for further information, or to book for one of the above examinations.  Remember though you must have your foundation licence before booking.

 We hope you have found this information useful, and look forward to seeing you at the next foundation course.

 Stockport Radio Society – October 2014

 

A PDF Version of the above is available to download by Foundation Course – FAQs

 

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