New Hams – Classes

The Club has Basic and Advance study guides available. Just click on the class link for contact. $40 each

Are you interested in amateur radio?  IMG_0633Perhaps you thought about it years ago but the Morse code requirement scared you off?  Were you fascinated by radio as a kid but as life went on and jobs and family filled your life and you forgot about it?  Are you now an empty nester or nearing retirement and looking for an interesting hobby?  Do you wonder how these new electronic gadgets work?  Would you enjoy meeting new friends every day without leaving home?  Ham radio may be the answer for you.  You can meet new friends of all ages, professions, and avocations on the air and in person during your ham activities.

The Club conducts both Basic and Advanced Classes  (Check here again for next sessions) 

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Also, check out “Getting Started” on RAC.CA. Another useful website for those who for their own reasons cannot attend classes or prefer their own initiatives is found at the Cold Lake Amateur Radio Society website where complete instructional courses for both Basic and Advanced licences can be found. Click “here” 

The Canadian amateur radio licencing requirements have been restructured.  The Basic Amateur Radio Operator’s Certificate does NOT require Morse code proficiency and allows operations on all assigned amateur frequencies above 30 mHz (the shorter range frequencies).  In fact, there is now a way to get HF (the longer range frequencies) privileges without having to learn Morse or pass the Advanced exam.  The pass mark for the Basic certificate is 70 percent but if you achieve a mark of 80 percent or higher, you are awarded Basic with Honours which includes access to all amateur bands with some restricted privileges.  However, your ham radio experience will be much expanded and enriched by the learning and use of Morse code.  After all, a CW (Morse code) station is still the simplest and most effective under the most difficult radio conditions.

Amateur licences are issued at no charge for your first call sign upon successful passing of the Basic exam since 1 April 2000.  The station itself is no longer licenced with an annual licence fee.  The amateur operator is the licencee and can hold that licence for life without further examination.  For self-study, several resources are available online, such as at www.hamstudy.com or this free Cold Lake Amateur Radio Society website for those who cannot attend classes or prefer to act on their own initiative.  For those who prefer to attend a study course with an instructor, our Sask Alta Radio Club runs a course annually.

If you have studied by yourself and feel ready to challenge the exam, call Bill at 780-808-6456 or email at ve5fn@rac.ca to make an appointment.  There is no charge or fee.