Basic Qualification Radio Course
(Courses offered throughout the year)

RARC Basic Qualification Radio Courses are designed to help students obtain their Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) (formerly Industry Canada) Basic Qualification Amateur radio operator certificate with a syllabus structured for hands-on demonstrations and classroom interaction so students obtain a better understanding of the topics and how they relate to different aspects of the Amateur radio hobby. Go to UPCOMING RADIO COURSE AND REGISTRATION on the club events site for more details.

Why do we need to obtain an
Amateur radio operator certificate?

Amateur radio involves transmitting on allocated Amateur frequencies on the radio frequency spectrum. Since radio frequencies are regulated federally by the Government of Canada through ISED Spectrum Management, and globally by the United Nations agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a radio operator certificate (no longer a licence) is required to transmit on regulated frequencies. For Amateur radio, a Basic level operator certificate is the minimum qualification to use allocated Amateur frequencies. Go to Amateur Certification Fact Sheet on the Government of Canada ISED site for more information on how to obtain an Amateur radio operator certificate.

ISED and the Amateur Radio Service

The Amateur Radio Service is a radiocommunication service provided by ISED under Spectrum Management and Telecommunications. The services include generating exams, issuing operator certificates, call sign registration, establishing standards for radio station operations, and maintaining records of regulatory changes. Full information about the Amateur Radio Service is on the Radio-communication section of the ISED site. The section also contains Related Official Publications on Amateur radio regulations, policies, procedures and exam information.


Course Topics
(required for the exam)

Regulations, Policies, Procedures
Basic Electronica and Theory
Active and Passive Circuit Components
Station Assembly and Layout
Radio Wave Propagation
Feedlines and Antenna Systems
Interference and Supression
Radio Operations and Practices
Safety Regulations and Safety Practices
Extra Topics
(time permitting)

Emergency Communications
Contacting Satellites and Intl. Space Station
Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)
Radio Go-Kit Design and Construction
RARC Course Instructors
(who's teaching the course)

Our instructors are experienced, as well as long-time, radio operators, some of whom also hold Advanced and Morse Code qualifications. We are enthusiasts, passionate about Amateur radio, and enjoy what we do. We also have two instructors who are also Government of Canada accredited examiners to conduct Amateur radio qualification exams.

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Updated Sept. 2, 2023