Amateur Radio Training in Essex

Foundation Licence Now BookWhether you’re looking to get into the amateur radio hobby for the first time, or you want to progress to a higher licence level, the best way is often to sign up on a training course run by a local amateur radio club.

There are lots of clubs and groups around the UK that offer amateur radio training. Typically, the courses are run by volunteers. Fees are pretty low, and typically include the RSGB exam fee, the “Foundation Licence Now” training book and fees to cover hiring the training venue.

On this page, we list the clubs and organisations that offer amateur radio training courses in the Essex area.

For information on what you’ll need to learn for the entry-level Foundation course, see: How to become a ham.

Course Types:

There are three levels of amateur radio licence in the UK, as follows:

  • Foundation: The entry-level licence. Courses consist of some practical exercises and a short multiple-choice test. 
  • Intermediate:  Courses consist of practicals (including soldering and use of test meters), plus a multiple-choice test
  • Full: No practicals, just a multiple choice exam. Some clubs offer study courses, or distance-learning courses are an option.
Amateur Radio Foundation Training Course

Foundation Courses in and around Essex

The following clubs in Essex offer the entry-level course. Contact the club direct for latest dates and more information.

Location Course Information Dates
Online Essex Ham runs a FREE monthly online Foundation training course for self-study, revision and distance learning. Our course can be used for stand-alone study, or to support your training with a local club training. Our course includes videos, guides and mock revision tests. Details at HamTrain.co.uk
Canvey Island Thames ARG offers two-day weekend courses on Canvey Island. Courses typically run 2-3 times per year
  • No dates listed
Colchester Colchester RA – Offers weekend Foundation courses, including fast-track days for those who have self-studied. 
  • No dates listed
Danbury Chelmsford ARS runs two Foundation courses per year, held over six consecutive Thursday evenings. They  also allows self-study candidates the chance to take  exams and practicals at its monthly Skills Night. 
Epping Loughton & Epping Forest ARS offers three weekend Foundation courses throughout the year.
  • No dates listed
Grays The Thurrock Acorns ARC site lists that it offers weekday evening tuition, but as far as we know, no courses have run in the last 12 months. 
  • No dates listed
Harlow Harlow & District ARS runs their Foundation course over a weekend, as well as over 5 weekday nights.
Hornchuch Havering & District ARC‘s website states that training courses are offered, but as far as we know, no courses ran between 2015 and 2018.
  • No dates listed

 

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The following short video clip gives an overview of what happens on a Foundation training course:


Intermediate Courses in and around Essex

The following clubs in Essex offer Intermediate courses & exams. Contact the club direct for latest dates and more information.

Location Course Information Dates
Canvey Island Thames ARG offers a weekend course on Canvey Island. This is typically a 4-day course, split over two consecutive weekends
Colchester Colchester RA runs a one-day Intermediate session from time to time. Contact them to express your interest, or see their site for dates.
  • No dates listed
Danbury Chelmsford ARS runs one 12-week course a year, on Thursday evenings
Epping Loughton & Epping Forest ARS: No formal courses, but they offer a one-day weekend practical assessment sessions and exams.
Grays Thurrock Acorns ARC lits on it s website that it offers tuition, practicals and exams, but as far as we know, no courses have run in the last 12 months. 
  • No dates listed
Harlow Harlow & District ARS runs a 10-week course on a Tuesday evening. 

 

Full (Advanced) Courses and Exam Sessions in Essex

The following clubs in Essex offer Advanced courses & exams. Contact the club direct for latest dates and more information.

Location Course Information Dates
Canvey Island Thames ARG offers weekend training on Canvey Island.
Colchester Colchester RA – Advanced training is offered, but no dates listed on their site at time of writing. Contact them to express your interest
    Danbury Chelmsford ARS offers exam-only sessions during the year, with a revision course once a year on on Thursday evenings. 
    Epping Loughton & Epping Forest ARS – No formal courses, but exam-only sessions available. Contact them to register your interest
    Harlow Harlow & District ARS runs exam sessions when there is demand. Contact them for details
      Nationwide Distance learning course run by Steve Hartley G0FUW. Contact him via QRZ.com Ongoing

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      Essex Training Calendar

      Upcoming amateur radio training courses, from our Essex Events Calendar:

       

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