Foundation Licence Manual: Amateur Radio Training Book

Foundation Licence ManualIf you’re considering getting an amateur radio licence in the UK, then it’s worth investing in a copy of  “Foundation Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs”.

This is a low-priced training book that covers the Foundation syllabus in the right amount of detail to give you all of the information needed to pass your first exam. Complete with pictures and useful information, it’s 40 pages long and broken down into the sections covered by training clubs and the exam paper itself.

The book is written by respected amateur radio trainer Alan Betts G0HIQ and published by the RSGB as an official source for UK amateur radio training.


The Foundation Licence Manual (by the RSGB) is available from around £6 online from:

ISBN: 9781 9101 9363 1


The exam syllabus changed on 1st of September 2019, so older books (such as Foundation Licence Now!”) should not be used.

The latest version that we know of, is marked as “First printed 2019 – Reprinted in 2021”

Updates and corrections can be found here: RSGB Foundation Manual Corrections

Sections of the book

Section Number of  Pages
Technical Basics 6
Transmitters & Receivers 3
Feeders & Antennas 5
Propagation 2
Licence Conditions 4
Safety 4
Operating Procedures 5

RSGB Manuals

Foundation Licence Manual
Foundation Licence Manual

Cost is around £6, and available as a Paper version or Kindle Version

Intermediate Licence Manual
Intermediate Licence Manual

After your Foundation, comes Intermediate. The book’s about £9, and is available as a Paper version or Kindle Version

RSGB Full Manual
Full Licence Manual

After Intermediate, comes the Full licence, and the manual for that is about £12, and is available as a Paper version

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