Fall 2019
Basic Qualification Radio Course
Feb. 9 to Mar. 16

About the Radio Course

The Basic course consists of 15 hours classroom instructions with the curriculum based on topics covered by the qualification exam and the class syllabus to include hands-on practices with additional presentations to give students a greater understanding of the Amateur radio hobby and its involvement in emergency communications.

Classes are held over five Saturday mornings with the exam on the sixth class. The classroom is in a boardroom environment at the Vancity 'Community Stage' (at both Richmond branches) with class size limited to no more than 15 students for more productive discussions and knowledge exchange.

Registration fee of $100 includes: Coax Publications textbook (cost $60 retail), instructor notes, qualification exam, and immediate (on-line) registration of call sign with ISED (Industry Canada) upon passing exam. Successful students will each receive one year trial membership with RARC.

Fee payments can be made by cheque or cash. All payments should be made payable to 'Richmond Amateur Radio Club.' Early payments can be arranged so students are able to pick up their text book before class.

Course Instructors

Classes are conducted by a faculty of instructors who are club members that are knowledgable and passionate about their respective Amateur radio subjects of interest. Many instructors are long-time radio operators and also hold Advanced and Morse Code qualifications. Classes usually have other instructors and club members present to assist in the presentations and enhance the value of knowledge exchange. The club also has members who are Government of Canada accredited examiners to conduct qualification exams at the end of the course.

Why do you need a Basic qualification?

A Basic qualification is required by Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada) to transmit on 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 a requirement for the Basic certificate. The Advanced qualification can be obtained after the Basic qualification for greater operating privileges.

Since emergency communications involve Amateur radio, volunteers (in Canada) will require a Basic qualification in order to operate on Amateur frequencies during exercises and other activities. As radio transmissions on HF bands play a greater role in emergency commmunications, Amateur radio operarors should possess at least a Basic with Honours or additional Advanced qualification before volunteering with an emergency communications organization.



To register for the Basic course, send us an e-mail with the following information:
- Your name (same as on your govt. ID)
- Telephone number (phone contact)
- E-mail address (if different from registration)
- Province of Canadian residency

Then make arrangement for payment of course fee ($100) to guaranteed a seat in the course.

Why is Personal Info
Required for the Course?

Your personal information is necessary to submit your exam score to ISED and register your call sign.

Name: Needs to be the same as the one on your government issued ID and will be used for your ISED issued certificate (licence).

E-mail address: Required by ISED to contact you for your call sign registration.

Residential Address: Canadian residency is required for your call sign. Province of your address will determine your call sign prefix. You can enter your full address when you create your ISED account and then have the option to to display only your province on the ISED call sign search datatbase.

Date of Birth: Your birth date is required to submit your exam score to ISED. You can choose to enter the info confidentially yourself when the examiner is on the ISED site.

Amateur Radio
Culture and Practices

Ham radio and Amateur radio basically refer to the same hobby/activity. 'Ham' is more often used in the U.S. while some serious hobbyists in Canada prefer to be called a radio Amateur.
'Amateur' is a class of allocated frequencies and operator qualifications defined by ISED and refers to non-commercial use rather than an adjective for sub-standard. That is why some writers choose to capitalize 'Amateur.'
Personal call signs in Canada are 6 or 5 characters with the first two letters (e.g. VA, VE, VO, etc) defining the country and subsequent number the province/territory, and the last 3 or 2 letter individually chosen by the operator. All Amateur radio call signs are internationally coordinated by ITU, so each calll sign is unique. Letters on call signs are always capitalized and there is no space between any of the characters - it is not a postal code.
Most radio Amateurs end their messages (voice, Morse code, or text) with '73' (or best regards) taken from the "Phillips Code" used for the old land telegraph systems.



Updated September 8, 2018 (BETA 2)