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Intermediate Licence (4 replies and 2 comments)

M7FNZ
1 month ago
M7FNZ 1 month ago

Hi,

Having just passed the Foundation Exam, I'm setting my sights on the Intermediate, however all the courses available are now of course out of date, and I have heard rumours that the Intermediate Licence is going to be scrapped, so I'm sort of in limbo.
Your thoughts ?

Regards
M7FNZ  (73) 

G0WZA
1 month ago
G0WZA 1 month ago

Intermediate is definitely not being scrapped. If Ofcom were considering scrapping Intermediate, that proposal would have been part of last year's consultations. Moreover, scrapping Intermediate does not make any sense; it would leave a massive leap from Foundation to Full. Moreover, Intermediate is all the licence that many amateurs will need.

Not only is Intermediate staying, but the recent changes allowed greater power and new Intermediate licences will eventually get M8 callsigns (existing Intermediates will get the opportunity to move: 2x0 to M8 and 2x1 to M9).

The upcoming changes to Intermediate exams will not take effect until September 2024. Until then, the exams will be based on the old licence terms and conditions, not the new ones. There are no other changes in the pipeline for the Intermediate exam.

I would get on with studying for Intermediate whilst your Foundation knowledge is fresh. You can always leave the licence terms and conditions part of your studies until last, when it is clear whether you are targeting a pre-September (old licence terms) or post-September (new licence terms) exam.

M7FNZ
3 weeks ago

Thanks for the Reply, It was just something that popped up on YouTube from about 10 months ago, but yes your right, it wouldn't make much sense.
The Foundation course was a nice refresher for stuff I've picked up from one thing or another over the years, so hopefully it should remain in my head :-) although I have already found the RSGB videos for the Intermediate, and have started watching them.
All the best 73

Peter M0PWX (2E0PWX)
1 month ago

yep as G0WZA says above, not seen any mention of scrapping intermediate

only changes are the 2E0 / 2E1 moving to M8/ M9

billy GM6DX does a great free intermediate online course Amateur Radio Courses by GM6DX (thinkific.com) get it done asap as its not a massive leap from foundation to intermediate

enjoy the uplift in power, foundation now allowed 25w and intermediate 100w

get the RSGB intermediate exam manual and the exam secrets book (it has lots of additional questions and information)

welcome to the hobby, most of all have fun

73

Peter 

M0PWX (not Pete M0PSX who runs the site)

M7FNZ
3 weeks ago

Hi Peter, and thanks for the reply,
Initially I'm going to watch the Intermediate videos on the RSGB website, I'll look into the online course by GM6DX when I'm ready to fully commit, I've got a few work commitments first :-)
I may get to have a chat at some point, just getting some equipment together first, Antenna next :-)
All the best 73

Steve

James - M7GBF
2 weeks ago
James - M7GBF 2 weeks ago

Hi Steve, I'm just like you a newbie and just got my licence today (thanks a lot to Essex Ham and M0PSX for that!) . I've just joined the OARC club on Discord as they offer both intermediate and full courses in a similar way to Essex ham as in 'enthusiast run', with regular zoom sessions. There is a nominal 5 quid charge for each course. I have also been talking today to an Irish ham who is also a long term OARC member and colleague of mine about the amateur radio satellite and the plans they have which is super cool! The next intermediate course they are running I think starts in a month or so, and the full course in October and then I plan to do the 'straight to full' exam rather than both intermediate and then full ... has to be better to have less questions than more :-)

Peter M0PWX (2E0PWX)
2 weeks ago

have heard good things about OARC, didn't realise they ran courses, must be a relatively new thing in the last year or so

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