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The new licence structure. Post WRC03 If Morse is abolished Foundation Intermediate Full.

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1 The new licence structure

2 Post WRC03 If Morse is abolished Foundation Intermediate Full

3 Foundation Syllabus Based on an entry level to Amateur Radio Course aimed at some 10 to 12 hours Capable of being completed in a weekend or run over several evenings

4 Intermediate Syllabus Will consist of a practical element and a theory element. Practical is construction project of candidates choosing

5 Intermediate Syllabus Almost complete Anticipated in about 2 week time Published in time for Pilot Courses

6 Intermediate Syllabus Timescales Pilot Courses start in 4 - 6 weeks time Course should last 20 - 25 hours depending on practical element Aim for Go-Live date of 1 March 2003 there are still factors which could cause delay

7 Intermediate Syllabus Theory covers a little bit more than the Novice course, but only a little. Foundation Pass will be a pre-requisite

8 Intermediate Exam Exam set by RA Provided and marked on-site, on-demand Exam provider out to tender, decision in a couple of weeks. 40 Questions 1 hour - probably

9 Training Courses Same Format as Foundation Lead Instructor must be registered RSGB is registration body on behalf of the RA Existing Novice Instructors able to cover both Foundation and Intermediate training

10 Training Courses A registered instructor leads the course and may appoint deputies Candidates register for training with an instructor and are given a Record of Achievement card Competencies signed-off as achieved

11 Full Licence Syllabus will be reviewed during 2003 to minimise overlap with Intermediate. Introduced early in 2004 when passes at Foundation and Intermediate level will be pre-requisites to sit exam.

12 Intermediate Syllabus 1. Nature of Amateur Radio Know the various types of amateur licence. Foundation, Intermediate, Full and recognise their call-signs.

13 Intermediate Syllabus 2. Licensing Conditions Operators, Messages Location and Identification Unattended Operation Log, Apparatus Licence, Licence Schedule

14 Intermediate Syllabus 3. Technical Basics Units of measurement and multiple/sub-multiple prefixes. Simple circuit theory, Cells and Batteries Capacitors, Inductors, Tuned Circuits Transformers, Diodes and Transistors Circuit Symbols, Measurements

15 Intermediate Syllabus 4. Transmitters and Receivers Simple Block Diagrams of a Transmitter. RF oscillators, Mixers Modulation and Sidebands Transmitter Interference Simple Block Diagram of Receivers Intermediate Frequency, Frequency Selection Detectors, AGC

16 Intermediate Syllabus 5. Feeder and Antenna Feeder Basics Feeder Characteristic Impedance Antenna Impedance Standing Waves Antenna Tuning Unit Antennas, Dummy Loads

17 Intermediate Syllabus 6. Propagation Radio Propagation Basics Ionosphere basics

18 Intermediate Syllabus 7. EMC Basics of Electromagnetic Compatibility Good Radio Housekeeping Interference Sources and Simple Remedies Social Issues of Interference

19 Intermediate Syllabus 8. Operating Practices and Procedures. Q Code Abbreviations RST Code Relative Advantages of CW ssb and fm Other Modes Good Operating Practices

20 Intermediate Syllabus 9. Safety Soldering Use of Hand Tools Working at Heights Electricity RF

21 Intermediate Syllabus 10. Construction Recognise Components Soldering Basics Colour Code Practical Skills Construction Simple Frequency Calibration

22 Intermediate Syllabus Good soldered joints. Construct a simple circuit (test set). Measure voltages and currents in a simple circuit. Demonstrate a diode will only conduct in one direction. Demonstrate that a transistor can be used as a switch. Fit a suitable RF connector (PL259,BNC or N-type) to a piece of coaxial cable. Fit a 13A plug to a piece of 3-core mains cable.

23 Intermediate Syllabus Construct a simple amateur radio related project (e.g. direct conversion receiver, crystal calibrator, grid dip meter, ATU & SWR meter, Morse oscillator, audio amplifier) either from a pre- prepared kit or from a published or personal design. Construction may be carried out either within a course or elsewhere but the assessor must be satisfied that the bulk of the work is that of the candidate.

24 Intermediate Syllabus Calibrate a variable frequency oscillator (vfo) employing an adjustable LC circuit. Calibration to show the relevant amateur band edges. The vfo may form part of the project to satisfy the constructional item or be part of a previously constructed project or be provided by the assessor.

25 Intermediate Syllabus Note: If the candidate is disabled in any way that reasonably prevents the carrying out of any practical procedure then he/she may talk another person through the task or describe it to the assessor. The assessor may judge disabled.

26 Any Questions

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