We’re keen to encourage more people into the hobby, and for that reason, we want to help clubs, tutors and trainers to have access to as much training material as possible. Free material available from our site includes:
- Slides – An up-to-date set of Foundation training slides, with generic branding
- Course Videos – We’ve created a video of all nine Foundation modules, allowing students to watch them at their leisure. Videos are free, and available both for students and trainers. Also handy for learners with dyslexia
- Practical Videos – Videos showing how the Foundation practicals work, and what to expect on the Foundation exam – handy for setting expectations before a student gets started
- Student Handouts – A series of Getting Started Guides, designed to help those new to the hobby
- Online Training – We run a free monthly online training course. It’s not intended to replace club training, but can be offered as a revision tool to your existing students, of those who can’t attend courses.
Foundation Training Slides
We;ve has produced a series of slides that can be used for UK Amateur Radio Foundation Training courses.
Nine sets of slides are available, covering an introduction to amateur radio, technical basics, transmitters & receivers, feeders & antennas, propagation, licence conditions, EMC, safety and operating practice.
See our Foundation Training Slides page for the full slideset.
The slides are kept up-to-date regularly, are free to trainers, and have generic “Ham Train” branding. Suggestions for updates and improvements are welcomed.
We have recorded nine videos, which are essentially a walk-through of each of the main Foundation syllabus areas – Videos include photos and animations to help students learn the concepts they need to know to pass their Foundation exam. Videos can be downloaded by students onto smartphones for self-study, and we’ve been told that they have proven useful for students with dyslexia (who stuggle to learn with the Foundation Now book). The full set of videos is here Foundation Training Course Videos
We’ve released a number of short videos that may be of help to those involved with UK amateur radio training. Versions of these videos in other formats, for use on non-profit training courses,are available for free on request. Here’s a sample of some of our amateur radio training videos:
Foundation Training Course Overview (Youtube)
Station Setup (YouTube)
VHF QSO (YouTube)
Morse Appreciation (YouTube)
Foundation Exam (YouTube)
Soldering Basics (Youtube)
Getting Started Guides
Essex Ham has created a library of handy one-page guides on various aspects of the hobby. This library of simple guides is growing, and covers several topics including:
- Getting your licence
- Foundation Glossary
- Setting up QRZ and eQSL
- Using HF
- Using Repeaters
- Data modes: SSTV, JT65 and PSK31
The collection of guides can be found here: Essex Ham Getting Started Guides
Launched in 2015, over 400 students registered for our free online course in the first year, and we’ve seen excellent results. The courses are free, and students can study at their own pace ion the confort of their home. The course is delivered used a Virtual Classroom, and is a handy tool to help students revise.
Many clubs and trainers have seen the benefits of offering thje online course as a way to supplement their existing training – as a handy revision tool for students, or as a way of getting people up-to-speed without the need to attend a traditional chalk-and-talk training session.
Courses run once a month, and we have a trainers test area, so that tutors can have a look around and give it a try.
Here are a few extra resources that may be of use to trainers / tutors:
|Foundation Course Checklist||Quick reference sheet showing what’s required for running a Foundation course||PDF File|
|HF QSO Script||This is a script for a basic HF simplex contact, part of the Foundation Training Course||Word Doc | PDF File|
|VHF QSO Script||This is a script for a basic VHF simplex contact, part of the Foundation Training Course||Word Doc | PDF File|
|Just Passed Handout||This handout is given to candidates who’ve completed Foundation (Essex version)||PDF (Essex)|
|Foundation Syllabus||The full syllabus for the Foundation Course (from RSGB site)||RSGB Exams Website|
|Exam Forms & Paperwork||All required paperwork and forms for UK amateur radio exams||RSGB Website|