This is the latest edition of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) book that contains all that is required to obtain a Foundation licence.
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Corrections, updates and additional information
The current edition of this book is the 5th edition which was first published in 2007. This was updated to meet the syllabus changes made in 2011 and there have been a number of revised versions since then. We are currently shipping an updated 2015 version.
Amendments to Foundation Licence Now!
for versions from 2012 up until the 2015 printing.
Page 3 column 1.
Mark for deletion the first and third paragraphs and the first sentence of paragraph 4 which reads ‘This will allow…’
Replace the first paragraph with the 3 paragraphs shown below.
Attending a training course is highly recommended although it is recognised that those already experienced in radio outside of Amateur Radio may be happy to self-study for the theoretical examination.
There are practical exercises and assessments that must be completed before the examination is taken. These exercises are included in formal courses both to help with understanding the coursework and to show that you are able to operate on-air correctly before getting your licence. Some Examination Centres may offer them as stand alone assessments as well as at relevant times during the training course. If you decide not to attend a course you are advised to ask your chosen club/Examination Centre how they conduct the practical exercises.
The course should last about 10-12 hours. Some courses will be run as two full days a week or fortnight apart and others over a few weeks, perhaps one evening a week and maybe a final day to finish. However it is run you will be able to sit a short written, multi-choice assessment at the end of the course. Your formal result will be posted to you about ten days later.
Page 3 column 3.
The web site address in para 1 line3 should now read https://thersgb.org/services/clubfinder
Page 21 Band Plan
2m band, 144.805 – 146.000 should read 145.806 – 146.000
Page 28 column 1
The symbol of a fuse should be added adjacent to the drawing of the mains plug.
Page 32 column 1
The Exam, paragraph 1 line 5; delete ‘Following syllabus changes in July 2011’.
Line 6; replace ‘45 minutes’ with ’55 minutes’.
In both examples remove the 8 tick boxes ‘[ ]’ and the two ticks.
In example 1 in the sentence below the 4 option answers delete ‘placed a tick in the brackets next to the letter A’ and replace with ‘marked that in pencil in box A for that question on the answer sheet’.
The changes to paragraph 5 of How to tackle the exam will depend on exactly which reprint you are editing as it was edited in 2014. That section should read:
THIS MAY BE the first exam you have ever taken. You can be forgiven if you feel a bit nervous. Different people like to do exams in different ways but some tips may help.
There is plenty of time so don’t rush. Read each question carefully and all four answers. It may be simple to pick the right answer to that question, but read all the other wrong ones anyway. If you are sure, then tick the correct answer to that question in pencil on the Optical Mark Sheet which is where you show your answers. If you are not sure, mark the end of the sentence you think is correct to remind you.
When you reach the end, you will have ticked many of the questions. Now go back and read the ones you have not ticked. You may be able to see that some of the answers are wrong, so put a cross by the end of those answers. Now you have fewer answers to pick the correct one. Make your best choice, even if it is a bit of a guess. Always do that, you might be right and you stand a better chance of being right than if you do not tick anything.
Finally, read the paper again to check you have not made any silly mistakes. If you do want to change an answer, check carefully and just use your eraser and put a pencil tick in the box of your new choice. Finally when you are sure carefully shade in the whole box in black ink but don’t go outside the box. Leave time to do this. You must ink them in but you cannot then change your answer. Any marks you have made on the exam paper do not count.
All I can say now is Good Luck and remember to use all the charts and tables provided to help you answer the questions.
Column 3 Applying for your licence.
Delete the first paragraph.
In paragraph 2 (which is now one), line 2 insert ‘formal’ between ‘your’ and ‘result’ then delete the remainder of that sentence and replace with ‘posted to you with your candidate number. Allow 10 days from the examination.‘
Finally replace the next sentence (You may…) with ‘If you have passed you may them log on to the Ofcom licensing system using the details in your result letter and apply for your licence on-line.‘
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