Our next Basic Qualification radio course starts on Feb. 4, 2017 and runs 7 Saturdays with the exam on Mar. 18. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Please contact Urey, VE7URE to sign up for this course.

Course Dates: Every Saturday morning (Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18)

Class Time: 9:00 AM to12:00 noon

Classroom: Boardroom set-up (max. 15 students)

Location: Blundell Centre (SE corner No.2 and Blundell Roads, Richmond)

Course Fee: $95 (cash or cheque payable to 'Richmond Amateur Radio Club')

This radio course is for the Basic Qualification level Amateur radio operator certificate. A Basic Qualification is required by Industry Canada (now Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada) to operate in allocated Amateur radio frequencies and is usually the first step into the Amateur radio hobby. Morse Code is a separate qualification and is no longer necessary for obtaining your Basic certificate.

Registration for the Basic Qualification Radio Course includes about 18 hours of instructions in six 3-hour classes, instructors' notes and learning material, Coax Publications Study Guide, course exam, and immediate registration of call sign with Industry Canada upon passing exam. Successful students will each receive one year trial membership with the Richmond Amateur Radio Club.


Feb. 4 Introduction to Amateur radio
Basic theories - values and units
Ohm's Law and basic concepts
Frequencies fundamentals
Regulations - IC, parties, certificates, intl. regs.
Feb. 11 Diodes, transistors and tubes
Inductors and capacitors
Power supplies, transformers, amplifiers
Feb. 18 Modulation and transmitters
Station assembly overview
Feb. 25 Wave theory and signal propagation
Transmission lines
Radio frequency interference
Mar. 4 Regulations - operator restrictions, practices
Consultation and resolution processes
Station operating procedures, practices
Demo on use of radio and net control
Mar. 11 Establishing and equipping a station
Equipment acquisition
Safety and Safety Code 6
Amateur radio club activities
Emergency communications
Mar. 18 Exam

Holders of an Amateur radio certificate (with call sign) can participate in activities that involve radio transmissions on Amateur radio frequencies. Club members can apply their Amateur radio operating skills and knowledge to build their own equipment, use the club's station VE7GOG located at the Parks Canada Gulf of Georgia Cannery, provide radio communications for local community events, and support local emergency programs in emergency communications.

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Updated: Dec. 18, 2016