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The Intermediate Course

This is a six day course, undertaken over three complete weekends.  Course days start at 10:00 and end at 16:00.

Please dress warmly in cold weather (the shack is a wooden hut), and bring a packed lunch.

Topics included in the course are

  • Diodes & Transistors
  • Measurements
  • License Regulations
  • Operating
  • Transmitters
  • Receivers
  • Antennas
  • Feeders
  • Construction
  • EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility i.e. interference issues)
  • Propagation

One day of the course is for practical exercises.  These are mandatory – please note that if these are not completed, a student may not sit an exam.

The practical exercises include

  • Soldering
  • Measuring
  • Calibrating a VFO (Variable Frequency Oscillator)
  • Wire up a coaxial connector
  • Wire up a 13 amp plug

The exam consists of 45 multiple choice questions, with a pass mark of 27.  The time allowed is 1 hour 25 minutes but most students complete the exam in half that time.

The exam can be done online – you need to bring a laptop computer – or on paper.  We strongly advise taking the exam online, because students get the result there and then on completion of the exam.

Students taking paper exams are given an indicative result on the day but papers are posted to RSGB HQ who issue official pass or fail notices.

Successful students can apply to Ofcom for a licence and callsign.  This can be done by post, but a £20 fee is chargeable.  Most  people apply on-line, which is free.