UK Amateur Radio Licences. In the UK Ofcom have a progressive licensing system starting with Foundation: then Intermediate: finally Advanced:
The Foundation licence is designed to get you involved in amateur radio as quickly as possible. But before you are allowed to transmit live, it is important that you know a little bit about how your radio works, the dangers of causing interference to other radio users, how not to upset your neighbours or your parents (if you are a young person) and the rules and regulations of holding a radio transmitting licence. Maximum power is 10 Watts.
The Intermediate licence gives access to the Intermediate frequency allocations within the amateur bands . The Permitted power levels are increased to 50 watts.
The training course is longer than the Foundation course and aims to teach many of the fundamentals of radio in a stimulating way by actually undertaking practical tasks such as soldering, building a small project and a variety of other exercises building on the experience you have gained as a Foundation licence holder.
To gain an Advanced licence it is necessary to pass the Advanced Radio Communications Examination. This examination is more advanced than the Intermediate, it again covers radio theory and licence conditions but because holding a full licence enables you to use 400 Watts power output fromyour transmitter, such subjects as Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC), antenna design and safety issues are covered in some depth. The licence allows access to all the amateur allocations with full power.
Please contact any member of the Mid-Cheshire ARS via the website or by telephone and suitable arrangements can be discussed.
Examination Officer: Peter Paul Fox, G8HAV
Registered Course Instructor: Alan Millington