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The Intermediate Course

The course runs for six days over three weekends from 10.00 – 16.00h. See Events listing for dates.

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

Two of the sessions are reserved for practical exercises which MUST be completed before the exam.
The practical exercises include

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

Course notes will be provided each week and you will have ample opportunity to try some practice questions culminating in a mock exam during the tenth session.

The exam consists of 45 multiple choice questions ie each question is followed by four answers, you have to select the correct answer. The pass mark is 27. You are allowed one hour 25 minutes to complete the paper but most people do it in much less.

You are given just the one document in the exam – a full list of the frequencies which Intermediate licensees are allowed to use.

Your answer paper is sent off to RSGB HQ in Bedford and they will issue an official pass or fail notice. However, we are allowed to compare your answers with the correct list and give you an indication as to whether or not you have passed.

If you have passed, you can apply to Ofcom to add an intermediate callsign to your licence. If you do this by post, you will charged a fee (currently £20) but if you apply on-line, it is free.

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