Foundation Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs

| May 3, 2019

by Alan Betts, G0HIQ

The Foundation Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs is the RSGB course-book for those who wish to become radio amateurs in the UK. In line with the progressive three-tier UK licence structure, the Foundation Licence Manual is the first step in the natural progression to the Intermediate and Full licence.

This book sets out to provide the very latest information required to obtain a UK Foundation licence. Broken down into 15 easy to digest sections Foundation Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs covers all you will need to know to be successful in the examination. This book provides insight into technical basics, receivers, transmitters, antennas, feeders and propagation. There are details of the operating practices & procedures you will need to know alongside safety considerations, electromagnetic compatibility and licence information. The practical assessments are explained and there is a helpful guide to how to best approach the Foundation examination itself.

Written in an easy to understand style by acknowledged exams expert Alan Betts, G0HIQ the Foundation Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs is the ideal book for those coming to amateur radio for the first time.

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Corrections and updates

We are shipping the 1st edition of this book and the significant corrections and updates to this are provided below.  These changes are made to the printed edition when it is reprinted and there are often a number of printings in circulation, so it is worth checking your copy against the updates below.  The current version of this book is the 2019 printing.

Page 4, Electrical Circuits
Please replace Fig: 3.1 with the one below

New Caption:  Fig 3.1: The circuit symbols for a cell and a battery of cells. The longer side is the positive connection.

Page 5, Uses for resistors
Please replace Fig: 3.6 with the one below

New Caption:  Fig 3.6: An electric circuit with some added resistance R and a switch S.

Page 6, A light emitting diode circuit
Please delete the final paragraph in this section (column 3, paragraph 2).

Page 13, The Yagi
Please amend the last sentence of the final paragraph in this section (column 3, paragraph 6) to read ‘This can be converted to the actual gain by using Table 6.1’ and insert the table below.

Gain in dB

Gain – times

3

6

9

10

10×

12

16×

Caption:  Table 6.1: Gain in dB and antenna gain for erp calculations.

Page 27, Signal reports
Please amend the last sentence of the first paragraph in this section (column 2, paragraph ) to read ‘A handy RST chart is shown in Table 9.2’ and insert the table below.

Caption:  Table 9.2: The RST code for reporting signal reception.

Page 28, Repeaters
Please amend the first sentence of the third  paragraph in this section (column 1, paragraph 5) to read ‘Take a look at the 144MHz band plan shown in Fig 9.1’.

Page 30, How is interference caused?
Please amend the caption on Fig 36 to read Fig 10.1

Page 31, Earthing
Please insert the figure shown below

Caption: Fig 10.2: The Earth symbol
(re-number subsequent figures accordingly and amend the figure references in the text)

Page 33, Mains plugs, earths & fuses
Please insert the figure shown below

Caption: Fig 11.2: The Fuse symbol
(re-number subsequent figures accordingly and amend the figure references in the text)

 

No other corrections have been reported at this time

 

 

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