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 section.

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
Chelmsford Chelmsford ARS runs two courses a year, which are held over six consecutive Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall. Sept 2017
Colchester Colchester RA – Offer occasional weekend courses. See their website for upcoming dates Sept 2017
Epping Loughton & Epping Forest ARS offers three weekend Foundation courses throughout the year. Sept 2017
Harlow Harlow & District ARS runs their Foundation course over a weekend, as well as over 5 weekday nights. 
Aug & Nov 2017
Hornchuch Havering & District ARC‘s website states that training courses are offered, but we’re not aware of any upcoming courses. As far as we know, no courses ran in 2015 or 2016, but try contacting them for details. tba
Thundersley / Benfleet South Essex ARS offers a six-week course on Friday evenings just off the A13 in Thundersley. Contact SEARS via their site to register. tba
Canvey Island Thames ARG offers two-day weekend courses on Canvey Island. Oct 2017
Grays Thurrock Acorns ARC offers weekday evening tuition, but no courses have run in the last 12 months. Contact them via their website to enquire tba
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 Monthly
Last updated July 2017 – Notify us of any updates
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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
Chelmsford Chelmsford ARS normally runs one 12-week course a year, on Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall. Mar 2018
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. Sep 2017
Harlow Harlow & District ARS runs a 10-week course on a Tuesday evening. See their site for details Oct 2017
Epping Loughton & Epping Forest ARS: No formal courses, but they offer a one-day weekend practical assessment sessions and exams. Jul 2017
Canvey Island Thames ARG offers a weekend course on Canvey Island. This is a 4-day course, split over two consecutive weekends tba
Grays Thurrock Acorns ARC offers tuition, practical sessions and exam-only sessions. See their website for details tba
Last updated  June 2017 – Notify us of any updates

 

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
Chelmsford Chelmsford ARS offers exam-only sessions during the year, with a revision course (prior learning assumed), with prep and revision courses on Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall. Dates typically line up with the Distance Learning Course. See the CARS site for latest dates July 2017
Colchester Colchester RA – Advanced training is offered, but no dates listed on their site at time of writing. Contact them to express your interest tba
Harlow Harlow & District ARS runs exam sessions when there is demand. Contact them for details tba
Epping Loughton & Epping Forest ARS – No formal courses, but exam-only sessions available. Contact them to register your interest tba
Canvey Island Thames ARG offers weekend training on Canvey Island. Oct 2017
Nationwide Distance learning course run by Steve Hartley G0FUW. Contact him via QRZ.com Ongoing
Last updated June 2017 – Notify us of any updates

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Essex Training Calendar

Upcoming amateur radio training courses

 

Skills Night: The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society training team hosts a series of Essex Amateur Radio Skills Nights for those looking to get more experience, try something new or ask questions

 

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