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This course is designed to provide all the information needed to obtain a Basic Amateur Radio Certificate and call sign. Prospective amateur radio operators are examined on their understanding of the key concepts of electronics, radio equipment, antennas, radio propagation, RF safety, and the radio regulations of the government granting the license. The exam is a government multiple choice exam administered by an Accredited Examiner; the pass mark is 70%.

When: Feb 16, 23, Mar 2 and 9, 2019
0900h - 1500h
Where: Ladysmith Yacht Club Clubhouse
Ladysmith Marina
901 Gladden Rd
Ladysmith, British Columbia  V9G 1K4
Presenter: Les Dawes
Contact: Lionel Dobson

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What is Ham Radio:
Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need. Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies allocated by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada for use by ham radio operators.

Amateur Radio operators come from all walks of life -- doctors, students, kids, politicians, truck drivers, movie stars, missionaries and even your average neighbor next door. They are of all ages, sexes, income levels and nationalities. Whether through Morse Code on an old brass telegraph key, voice communication on a hand-held radio or computerized messages transmitted via satellite, all hams use radio to reach out to the world. Many boaters have become licensed hams as the technology has proven very beneficial to the marine community. Often the ham radio works when all the other stuff does not.

Course Information:
This 18-hour Basic Ham Course is designed to assist students to learn the information that Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada wants them to know to pass the exam. The pass mark is 70%. Students achieving 80% or higher will be granted Honours on their certificate which will allow them to use HF.

Topics covered include:

  • Regulations & Policies
  • Operating and Procedures
  • Station Assembly, Practice and Safety
  • Circuit Components
  • Basic Electronics and Theory
  • Feedlines
  • Antenna Systems
  • Radio Wave Propagation
  • Interference and Suppression

Course Materials:
Prior to the class commencing, participants are expected to thoroughly review course materials which will be sent to them after registering.  In addition, participants are encouraged to review the following links:

  • Basic Qualification Question Bank – This is the complete question bank from Innovation, Science and Economical Development Canada. The course will be based around this. All questions on your exam will come from the Basic Qualification Question Bank.
  • Phonetic Alphabet – This needs to be committed to memory. It will come in very useful in your everyday life as well as on the radio. I recommend practicing by reading license plates, people’s names or book titles, and signs, etc.
  • Amateur Radio Exam Generator This will take you to the Innovation, Science and Economical Development Canada exam generator page. There you will find a link to a Basic Exam practice generator. This will generate practice exams for you. I recommend that you run an exam at least three times a week prior to the course and once a day after the course starts. This is the greatest help you will have to pass the exam. Don’t worry too much about your score when you first start it. The important thing is to recall the areas you need improvement on.

Participants will need something to write with and a basic calculator. Please note: a cell phone or tablet is fine during the course but is not permitted for the exam (a real calculator that cannot store other information must be used).

Participants may also wish to check out the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society training page which has detailed information on basic HAM course knowledge.  The course will cover the topics using a different format, but this is good info.

Classroom style.

Les Dawes, Vice President of the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Societyhas an Advanced Amateur certificate and has been licensed for about 5 years. He has taught approximately 24 Basic Ham courses during the last few years with a student pass rate of approximately 90%. This has averaged 55 new hams in the community each year.

Dates / Times:
Please make special note of the dates:  Feb 16, 23, Mar 2 and Mar 9, 2019. (The exam is scheduled for Mar 9.)
The course will run 0900h - 1500h.

You are encouraged to bring a bag lunch to each session.  

Cost  -  Individual and Couples Pricing:
BCA Members: $60
($25 for spouse / partner if registered at same time)

Non-members: $75
($30 for spouse / partner if registered at same time)

Maximum Class Size:
25 participants

There is a $15 processing fee in the event of participant cancellation.

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