The technical side of the course is very easy, it covers stuff like
ohm's law and adjusting antennas, so it's accessible to just about
anyone. In fact, I have a couple of introduction booklets by the RSGB:
Amateur Radio Explained and Foundation License Now, which I may put in
the hackspace library.
Anyway, onwards to the real point of this email: I've had a brief email
exchange with my local amateur radio club (Verulam ARC) and it sounds
like it MAY, if we're lucky, be possible to run a course at the space
sometime. I was just wondering if those who'd be interested in doing
this course could make themselves heard, and tell us what times would be
good for them. As I understand it, the course takes a few days, or you
can just about do it in two. Fwiw ideal times for me would be any time
from now to september, any day of the week.
(Ps. there's a realistic reciever on the desk in the lab, stacked
amongst the multimeters and test equipment if anyone wants to have a
listen to the london airwaves: check that the antenna on the balcony's
plugged in first though)
On Sat, 09 Jul 2011 17:00:59 +0100, Russ Garrett <ru...@garrett.co.uk>
> On 9 July 2011 16:52, Kieran Kunhya <kie...@kunhya.com> wrote:
>> I would be interested in doing this. Weekends would be preferable but
>> I could do some weekdays.
> The original plan - once we finally find an instructor - is to do it
> on two consecutive Saturdays.
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So, basically, there needs to be at least one RSGB registered assessor
to supervise the exam and practical parts of the course. Becoming a
registered assessor just requires an Intermediate or Full license and
filling in a form (which involves a CRB check and hence can take up to
I would, however, like an instructor who's had experience teaching the
course and/or been on the RSGB "Train the trainers" course since we'll
be charging for this. The syllabus is pretty vague to teach directly
Wasn't there already a doodle poll of when people would like to do this?
20th is the only one where the hackspace is fully free, though it
might be possible to fit
in with the lockpickers on 13th.
The 20th is the sea forts trip. Since I've had so much grief setting
this up, I would rather like to be on the first course.
The size of the course will probably only be about 8 people maximum
(this is limited by the surprisingly stringent exam regulations), so I
don't anticipate problems with colliding with the lockpicking.
On Wednesday, 13 July 2011 at 18:36, Russ Garrett wrote:
On the exam front, I passed with VARC (Peter GSHSO) over 2 saturdays
of study. Loughton and epping (http://www.lefars.org.uk/) also
appears to run a number of course
On the foundation front there is a practical requirement:-
1. morse send/receive
2. Tune aerial
3. Conduct an on air call.
Are we considering setting up a radio club at hackspace?
Always honour the threat.
The people who have already responded to this thread will have
priority when I open bookings.
We're going to try and get as many people as possible on this course,
and this may involve having two exam sessions as we're limited by the
seating requirements for exams.
>> ** Me too :)
>> Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device
>> *From: * Mark Steward <marks...@gmail.com>
>> *Sender: * london-h...@googlegroups.com
>> *Date: *Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:46:31 +0100
>> *To: *<london-h...@googlegroups.com>
>> *ReplyTo: * london-h...@googlegroups.com
>> *Subject: *Re: [london-hack-space] Amateur Radio Foundation Course
Read the book "Foundation License NOW!" by G0HIQ. I'm going to put my
copy in the library. No need to buy your own copy, it takes an hour or
two to read it cover to cover. Amateur Radio Explained by G3YWX is
recommended reading too.
> On 22 July 2011 14:53, M <a.turn...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Thanks for adding us to the list Mark, appreciated :)
+1 to this, thanks!
10th and 17th - it's in the calendar. The only thing that I'm waiting
for is to try and work out how many people we can fit in the quiet
room for the exam.
We are again in a situation where we have no instructors available.
When this situation changes, we'll announce another Foundation course,
but I suspect this will be heavily subscribed.