Are you interested in becoming a Ham radio operator, or just want to know what Ham Radio (Amateur Radio) is all about?
The following link will take you to an amazing video that tells you everything you need or want to know about this exciting hobby, and it will show you that Amateur Radio is, in fact, MUCH more than a hobby. It has an important public service component as well.
The course contents follow the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Study Guide (9th. Edition). It includes about 44 hours of instruction, including classroom and hands-on sessions. This comprehensive course has resulted in the successful completion of the entry-level qualifying exam for most class members, including a mix of males and females, those with and without a previous technical background, and ages from 12 or younger to over 70 years of age. We believe this is the best way to start your career in amateur radio. The first meeting will be an introduction to ham radio, and I urge anyone who thinks they may be interested in becoming a ham to attend that evening. You will have an opportunity to hear about the many exciting dimensions of our hobby and to obtain detailed information about the course.
Currently, Radio Amateurs of Canada is offering an online basic course.
The final exam will be provided by one of the Club’s Volunteer Examiners (listed below). The pass rate for obtaining the Basic Certification is 70%. However, if you pass with honours (80%) you will be granted a Basic plus Certification that provides full operating privileges on all bands. You can also obtain full operating privileges with an initial pass rate of 70% by demonstrating Morse code proficiency at 5 wpm.
Although Morse code is no longer an absolute requirement for licensing, it remains a very useful and enjoyable aspect of our hobby. Concurrent instruction in Morse code as a language for communications will be provided to those wishing to use it in upgrading their level of certification or to qualify for this mode of operating. The code training sessions will be arranged in a mutually agreeable way among members of the class expressing an interest. Qualified amateur radio operators wishing to join the Morse code instruction are welcome. There is no charge for those wishing to participate in the Morse code classes.
Visit Radio Amateur Canada for courses being offered.
Jason Ingraham, VE1PYE.