Intermediate Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs

| May 24, 2019

by G. Smart M1GEO, D. Mills G7UVW & R. Bleaney M0RBK

Syllabus 2019 Edition – for exams from September 2019 onwards

This is the latest book for those studying for their Intermediate Amateur radio licence. The Intermediate Licence Manual contains all of the information required for those seeking to upgrade their Foundation callsign.

Designed to cover all elements of the Amateur Radio Intermediate licence syllabus, this second RSGB course-book The Intermediate Licence Manual is written in an easy to understand style. The new material that was originally in the Full licence syllabus is all included along with updated sections that now cover new topics such as software defined radio. Broken down into familiar chapters such as Licence Conditions, Basic Electronics, Transmitters & Receivers and Antennas, this book contains both the theory needed and details of the practical exercises. There is plenty of helpful advice, including important safety tips and advice about how best to approach the practical assessments and the written or online exams.

Simply put The Intermediate Licence Manual is THE book for those working to pass the Amateur Radio Intermediate Licence exam.

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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 can be various printings in circulation, so it is worth checking your copy against the updates below. We are currently shipping an updated edition marked ‘reprinted 2019 & 2020’.  The current edition contains the amendments below which refer to the 2019 printing.

Please note: Following the release of Syllabus 1.4 on the 31st July 2020 by the RSGB Examination Standards Committee, the Intermediate practical assessment was to be discontinued with immediate effect.  Other than this change Syllabus 1.4 did not change any learning points for the Intermediate examination that would affect this book.

Corrections to the 2020 Printing

Page 54, column 1, 4th paragraph
Please change Figure 12.9 to read Picture 12.1

Page 56, column 3, 4th paragraph
Please change the word reflected at the end of the first sentence to read refracted


Corrections to the 2019 printing

Page v, column 1, 2nd paragraph
Please ignore the first three lines of this paragraph.  There is no chapter 17 as the intention to produce sample questions was dropped before the book was finally printed.

Page 32, column 3, 4th paragraph
Please change the worked example to read as follows.

Power supplied to amplifier =
13.4 Volts x 15 Amps = 201 Watts

For clarity you may also amend the following text although the original is correct.

the power leaving the amplifier
= 0.35 x 201 Watts
= 70.35 Watts

Page 34, Figure 7.15
Please amend the caption image to read ‘Circuit diagram of the TRF receiver input stage’

Page 35, Figure 7.20
Please replace this image with the one below.

Page 65, Figure 15.2
The resistor marked R4 should read R2


No other corrections have been reported at this time

Additional Material

The alternative design for a VFO can be found by clicking here


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