Foundation: On-Air VHF QSO Practical

Until 2021, the UK amateur radio Foundation course included a practical session on how to use a VHF radio and making your first contact (known as a QSO).

The practicals are longer a requirement, but our video on the subject might be old help / interest, to show what was involved:

 

Sample VHF QSO Sheet

When making your first contact on VHF using the calling channel, it can help to have a guide in front of you. We’ve created a one-page handout that can be used on training to help. Feel free to download and print the following short script, which you’ll see us using in the video

qso-handout

The above contact is quite formal, so here is an example of a more casual 2m contact:

 

Practicals Abolished

With effect from 1st October 2021, the Foundation Practicals have been abolished – no need to do any practicals at Foundation-level. Here’s the official RSGB announcement

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