How to start running Foundation Training

Is your club running amateur radio training courses? And if not, why not?

Here is a quick checklist of some of the things you may need to consider when thinking about setting up training:

Training Roles

Some of the roles that you may need to have in place. In general, people can hold multiple roles as needed:

  • Training Manager: Decide on the course structure & staffing
  • Training Administrator: Take bookings, take money, contact students, book venue
  • Exam Secretary: Book exams, pay RSGB, sort exam papers
  • Registered Assessors: Ensure the practicals are done correctly (Require RSGB approval)
  • Morse Assessor: Ensure CW practical is done correctly
  • Tutors: To run though the training material (if teaching locally)
  • Invigilators: Lead plus one or two others. Lead can’t be involved with training the students
  • Helpers: Teamaking, remote end of QSO, revision
  • Reader: For any dyslexic or blind students (ideally not licensed)

 

Foundation Topics

From the Syllabus, here are the Foundation modules:

  • Technical Basics
  • Transmitters & Receivers
  • Feeders & Antennas
  • Propagation
  • Licence Conditions
  • EMC
  • Safety
  • Operating Practices

 

Requirements

  • An RSGB-approved venue
  • Slides & Projector (Essex Ham offers free Foundation slides)
  • Whiteboard
  • Wi-fi & PCs (if going for online exams – recommended)
  • VHF radio and PSU
  • HF radio and PSU
  • Dipole (for tuning practical)
  • CW key, oscillator, crib sheets
  • Safeguarding policy (DBS checks for volunteers? Training for young people & vulnerable adults)
  • Exam clock

 

Training

  • 8 modules (classroom slides, online course or RSGB book)
  • 5 practicals (HF QSO, VHF QSO, Station Build, Antenna Tuning, CW appreciation)
  • Exam (26 question multiple choice). Preference is for online exams – requires club (or students) to provide laptop and wi-fi connection

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