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Becoming a Radio Amateur

For those interested in starting out in amateur radio, we run training courses for Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced radio communications examinations. We have a registered examination centre in Elgin where the exams (and usually also the tuition) take place. We have successfully tutored over 50 candidates for the exams. See Club News for details of future training and contact us to express an interest we can run courses when required.

The Radio Amateur training and exams are administered on behalf of Ofcom by the Radio Society of Great Britain, which sets several dates each year for the various exams.

You must first pass the Foundation exam, which has both written questions on radio theory and procedures (multiple choice format), and practical assessments. This allows you to operate on most amateur bands with some restrictions.

After gaining experience with the Foundation licence, you can progress to the Intermediate and Advanced licence's, which each require a further exam (also multiple choice format) but have fewer restrictions (e.g. higher transmitter power).

Knowledge of Morse Code is no longer a requirement for an Amateur Radio Licence, however the popularity of this means of communication has not diminished - in fact it is more popular than ever.


If you would like to learn the code, and how to send, it the Club has experienced tutors who will help you.