To promote and explore the hobby of amateur radio. Providing quality training for all amateurs and in all aspect of the hobby.

We are fully registered to tutor and examine the RCF Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced courses and regularly run courses at all levels.

The UK Licensing Structure

Foundation - this is the first course you have to take and is usually run on Sunday afternoons over six weeks. There is a morse appreciation test as well as practical use of the radio and a twenty five question multiple choice test at the end. A succesful candidate will then be able to apply for an M6 callsign and use most of the amateur bands with a power of 10 watts.

Intermediate - after passing the Foundation course you can now move on to the next level. Successful completion will allow you to apply for a 2E0 callsign and use 50 watts on more of the amateur bands as well as through amateur radio satellites. The course includes a practical construction project as well as adding to the theory learnt on the foundation.

Advanced - The last stage towards your full licence is the advanced course. Passing this one entitles you to run 400 watts and access to all of the amateur bands. It will also allow you to operate abroad when on holiday under the CEPT agreement. You will be able to apply for an M0 callsign.

Courses at Ripon and District ARS

We generally run our courses on a Sunday afternoon from 1300 to 1600 to suit the candidates, however, we are presently running a course solely on Thursday evenings to fit around our weekly meetings: 6.30 to 8, then 9.30-ish to 1030-ish to suit the candidates.  A new course began early February on Sundays and it's not too late to join that; please enquire.. For information about the RCF syllabus and the requirements for the exams, please take a look at the RSGB website.