Sept 2016 Foundation Training

The weekend of September 24th & 25th saw the latest Thames Amateur Radio Group Foundation Licence Training Courses. With four candidates attending, (it should have been five but unfortunately one candidate had to postpone for personal reasons) it was the normal 08:30 meet up for a 09:00 start.
With everyone there on time and tea & coffee made it was down to business with a balanced mix of lectures and practical assessments. It was soon evident that the group were either very shy or that they were well read of the course book as there were fewer questions being asked then we would normally see on a foundation licence course.

As always, the TARG slides for foundation training were well received by the candidates and the practical assessments which are designed to reinforce the subjects the candidates study in lecture format went well once the initial nerves were put aside and candidates settled into the course.

Refreshments came thick and fast during the two days of the course and thanks to Belinda M6JNX for providing the refreshments and a lovely lunch on both days. To our surprise, the refreshment breaks came exactly as planned in the training schedule; this was a first for TARG as we have historically managed to run late for breaks!

Sunday was a case of more of the same although there were maybe just a little more nerves on show with the thought that today would be the VHF & UHF contacts as well as the Morse assessment. These were soon over and done with and it was back to the final lectures of the weekend, and with a half hour to spare which was soon turned into a Q&A session it was soon exam time.

I am pleased to say that our indicative marking showed that three people were about to become members of the hobby and that one candidate only just missed out on a pass mark. These results were confirmed following official marking at RSGB HQ just a week later.

As always, training is a team event, and I would like to pass my thanks to Tom 2E0TNC, Norman M0FZW, Huw 2E0HTL, Debs M6PTD and Belinda M6JNX without whose help the weekend would not have been possible. Although this was the last training weekend of 2016, we are already working on the next course which will be held in early 2017. If you would like to upgrade your licence to an Intermediate licence or are looking to take those first tentative steps into amateur radio then drop me a line to and get yourself booked in for some fun.

Again, thanks to all who helped make the weekend the success that it was,

73 de Mark Sanderson, M0IEO.


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