Training

Amateur Radio: An Introduction

"To become a radio amateur, licensed to transmit, you will need a brief period of study, and to pass a simple practical and theory examination" - RSGB

Training with South Notts ARC

South Notts ARC provide training courses for all levels of licence, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced.

Our support includes classroom type training in normal circumstances but with the current lockdown we are now 100% online video chat training along with online exams.

We utilise communication with students via phone, our club WhatsApp training group and by email.

We have a near-100% success rate with our students and pride ourselves on the support and encouragement we provide.

Fees

South Notts ARC does not charge members for Licence training. ALL the training is free of charge – we believe that cost should not prevent you from becoming an amateur radio licensee!

Membership of South Notts Amateur Radio Club is currently £20.00 per year

Examination Fees

The only fees payable are the examination fees

The current prices for the examinations are available from the RSGB

At the time of writing they are:

  • Foundation......£27.50
  • Intermediate....£32.50
  • Advanced........£37.50

South Notts ARC recommends that trainees purchase the appropriate study manual from the following RSGB Publications

Foundation Manual

Foundation Licence Manual

The Foundation Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs is the RSGB course-book for those who wish to become radio amateurs in the UK. In line with the progressive three-tier UK licence structure, the Foundation Licence Manual is the first step in the natural progression to the Intermediate and Full licence.

This book sets out to provide the very latest information required to obtain a UK Foundation licence. Broken down into 15 easy to digest sections Foundation Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs covers all you will need to know to be successful in the examination. This book provides insight into technical basics, receivers, transmitters, antennas, feeders and propagation. There are details of the operating practices & procedures you will need to know alongside safety considerations, electromagnetic compatibility and licence information. The practical assessments are explained and there is a helpful guide to how to best approach the Foundation examination itself. Written in an easy to understand style by acknowledged exams expert Alan Betts, G0HIQ the Foundation Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs is the ideal book for those coming to amateur radio for the first time.

Intermediate Manual

Intermediate Licence Manual

Fully revised, reordered and updated this is the latest book for those studying for their Intermediate Amateur radio licence. The Intermediate Licence Manual contains all of the information required for those seeking to upgrade their Foundation callsign.

Designed to cover all elements of the Amateur Radio Intermediate licence syllabus, this second RSGB course-book The Intermediate Licence Manual is written in an easy to understand style. The new material that was originally in the Full licence syllabus is all included along with updated sections that now cover new topics such as software defined radio. Broken down into familiar chapters such as Licence Conditions, Basic Electronics, Transmitters & Receivers and Antennas, this book contains both the theory needed and details of the practical exercises. There is plenty of helpful advice, including important safety tips and advice about how best to approach the practical assessments and the written or online exams.

Simply put The Intermediate Licence Manual is THE book for those working to pass the Amateur Radio Intermediate Licence exam.

Full Licence Manual

Full Licence Manual

This book is the third course-book in the RSGB series for those interested in obtaining an amateur radio licence. In line with the progressive three-tier UK licence structure The Full Licence Manual completes the natural progression from Intermediate and Foundation Licence Now!

Fully revised to reflect the changes introduced in Syllabus 2019 the Full Licence Manual contains all of the information required to move to the final stage of amateur radio licensing. Written to match the Full licence syllabus the book is broken down into logical sections. Licence conditions are covered in detail as are operating techniques and amateur radio safety. As you would expect, there are sections covering technical matters such as circuits, semi-conductors and more. The Transmitter and Receiver are covered in detail along with the material required for understanding the Software Defined Radio section of the syllabus. Feeders, Antennas and Propagation all get chapters of their own, as do Electromagnetic Compatibility and Measurements, All this means that the Full Licence Manual is the ideal companion to a formal training course. The book is also a useful reference source and many amateurs will find themselves referring to it long after they have passed their examination.

The Full Licence Manual is for everyone progressing to the Full licence from The Intermediate Licence and is the best route to success in the examination.

Reviews

"As a new member of SNARC and new to the amateur radio world, I given a warm welcome by all and in particular the senior team. The support offered has surpassed any expectation I may have had, and the training is both well-structured and delivered with care and passion. The club has comprehensive resources and experience and knowledge in depth which promotes confidence throughout the learning experience. I would thoroughly recommend SNARC to anyone; amazing. "

Carl M7TRX

"As a newcomer, I was welcomed to the club and received the best One-to-One training I could imagine, from a focused team of dedicated Radio Amateurs. The course was wonderfully presented & carefully paced throughout, to tutor us to the RSGB standard. Having taken the exam, I was overjoyed to have PASSED!. "

Ever Grateful, Pete M7LWL

"The training and support provided by SNARC for our foundation licence has been excellent. We have found the online sessions both informative and helpful coupled with access to videos and other resources to help with our studies. No request for help has been too much trouble, we are very grateful for your help and support"

Charlie & Ben

Now M7RDR & M7BAS

"I started to think about getting my Ham Licence sometime in January 2020. In February I contacted Simon (club secretary) via email. I attended my first South Notts Amateur Radio Club meeting mid February. I started training that weekend and took my Foundation exam and passed the week after on 1st March 2020. I cannot thank the training team enough. So Simon, Dave and Darren, Also Robin for the exam day thank you for your help allowing me to become M7PPG. I am now studying for my intermediate licence and appreciate every minute of the teams time."

Alex M7PPG

"I have found the whole experience of training both informative and enjoyable. The tutors make all of the subjects comprehensible to all levels of users. I gained a good mark on my exam due to the course and the support provided."

Nigel M7NPS

"The Team at S.N.A.R.C. have been incredibly welcoming when joining and Simon was very supportive with all aspects of joining and getting setup. The training sessions were very engaging and informative, it helps that all tutors are experienced operators who can support the training experience with their knowledge. The group is very friendly and welcoming to new members giving you an ideal learning experience where you are welcomed and supported from every angle. I now can't wait to start my intermediate course."

Fabian M7ECG

Get On Board

If you'd like to study for your UK Amateur Radio Licence with South Notts Amateur Radio Club then get in touch with our Secretary using the form on our contact page.

Get On Board

If you'd like to study for your UK Amateur Radio Licence with South Notts Amateur Radio Club then get in touch with our Secretary using the form on our contact Page.

Reviews

"As a new member of SNARC and new to the amateur radio world, I given a warm welcome by all and in particular the senior team. The support offered has surpassed any expectation I may have had, and the training is both well-structured and delivered with care and passion. The club has comprehensive resources and experience and knowledge in depth which promotes confidence throughout the learning experience. I would thoroughly recommend SNARC to anyone; amazing. "

Carl M7TRX

"As a newcomer, I was welcomed to the club and received the best One-to-One training I could imagine, from a focused team of dedicated Radio Amateurs. The course was wonderfully presented & carefully paced throughout, to tutor us to the RSGB standard. Having taken the exam, I was overjoyed to have PASSED!. "

Ever Grateful, Pete M7LWL

"The training and support provided by SNARC for our foundation licence has been excellent. We have found the online sessions both informative and helpful coupled with access to videos and other resources to help with our studies. No request for help has been too much trouble, we are very grateful for your help and support"

Charlie & Ben

Now M7RDR & M7BAS

"I started to think about getting my Ham Licence sometime in January 2020. In February I contacted Simon (club secretary) via email. I attended my first South Notts Amateur Radio Club meeting mid February. I started training that weekend and took my Foundation exam and passed the week after on 1st March 2020. I cannot thank the training team enough. So Simon, Dave and Darren, Also Robin for the exam day thank you for your help allowing me to become M7PPG. I am now studying for my intermediate licence and appreciate every minute of the teams time."

Alex M7PPG

"I have found the whole experience of training both informative and enjoyable. The tutors make all of the subjects comprehensible to all levels of users. I gained a good mark on my exam due to the course and the support provided."

Nigel M7NPS

"The Team at S.N.A.R.C. have been incredibly welcoming when joining and Simon was very supportive with all aspects of joining and getting setup. The training sessions were very engaging and informative, it helps that all tutors are experienced operators who can support the training experience with their knowledge. The group is very friendly and welcoming to new members giving you an ideal learning experience where you are welcomed and supported from every angle. I now can't wait to start my intermediate course."

Fabian M7ECG

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Nottingham

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