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Subject: Foundation Online Courses Restarting Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:26 pm
For information, Essex Ham's free online training courses have restarted, and have been updated to support the new RSGB exams.
Courses are free, take place in an online classroom, and require 2-3 hours of study per week. Courses include online lessons, video tutorials, slides and mock tests.
Courses start on the first weekend of each month, with the next dates being: 05 Jan, 02 Feb, 01 Mar, 05 Apr and 03 May.
If you know anyone interested, please direct them to www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online
There is now a revised set of slides available for amateur radio trainers too.
Subject: Re: Foundation Online Courses Restarting Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:38 am
Now that people can take the UK amateur radio Foundation exam online from their own home, what online training courses are available?
Currently we are aware of two free online Foundation training courses. If you are running an online course not mentioned here please let us know. The courses so far are:
• Foundation Online run by Essex Ham https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/
• GM6DX Foundation licence course https://gm6dx.thinkific.com/
On April 3, RSGB announced that Foundation Practical Assessments have been waived so candidates will not need to do them https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/rsgb-notices/2020/04/02/rsgb-to-introduce-remote-invigilation-for-foundation-exams/
The RSGB publication 'Foundation Licence Manual: for Radio Amateurs' is available in Kindle format at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Foundation-Licence-Manual-Radio-Amateurs-ebook/dp/B07QS7C68V
The RSGB Online exam remote invigilation FAQ describes how to apply for an exam https://rsgb.org/main/clubs-training/exam-faq/
Subject: Re: Foundation Online Courses Restarting Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:39 am
YouTube 'Lockdown Morse' Course If anyone is interested in learning or improving their Morse, I'll be starting a new course on YouTube from Monday 13th April - Lockdown Morse.
Please subscribe to the YouTube channel here if it's something you're interested in - and feel free to share this with anyone you think might enjoy it: https://youtu.be/RWDqg8bCSqM I've also created a Facebook page for the course: https://www.facebook.com/lockdownmorse/
Subject: Re: Foundation Online Courses Restarting Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:42 am
Coronavirus: RSGB is introducing remote invigilation for Foundation exams Foundation Amateur Radio exams in the UK will be able to resume by using remote invigilation, the Practical Assessments will be waived
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak amateur radio exams in the UK ceased in mid-March, the new online system enables them to restart. Candidates will take the Foundation exam in their own home on their PC or Laptop (Windows 7+) or Apple Mac running Mac OS 10.8+. The invigilation is done remotely, there is no need to complete the Practical Assessments.
The RSGB will be ready to receive online bookings from Monday, April 6. The Society says in due course they will consider extending it to the other licence levels.
The price of the exam is unchanged.
Read the RSGB announcement at https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/rsgb-notices/2020/04/02/rsgb-to-introduce-remote-invigilation-for-foundation-exams/
Online exam FAQ for candidates & tutors http://rsgb.org/exam-faq
Essex Ham provide free online Foundation amateur radio training https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/
Subject: Re: Foundation Online Courses Restarting Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:23 am
The Coronavirus outbreak and the RSGB's introduction of online exams that can be taken at home have led to a surge in demand for free online amateur radio training courses such as that run by Essex Ham
Volunteers from Essex Ham run a completely free online training course for the UK amateur radio Foundation exam.
A record breaking 260 people enrolled on the course that started April 5 with a further 164 waiting to start the next course.
In response to the demand Essex Ham are running an additional course, open to anyone in the UK, starting on April 19. You can find out more about online training and register to join a course at https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/
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Call Sign : CT/X 6657 Posts : 43 Times Thanked : 1 Join date : 2020-04-19 QTH or Location : Nuneaton - Warwickshire Equipment Used : AT5555, CRT2000H, Midland PORTAPACK, SIRIO and FIRESTIK mobile antennas. Home built DIPOLE in the loft, T2LT and a Silver Rod going up this week (sep 23)
Subject: Re: Foundation Online Courses Restarting Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:39 am
I have 3 weeks at home starting in early May, and of course will be in lockdown so have just applied to Essex Ham for their fast track, online, self study package I've just ordered the RSGB Foundation study guide for delivery this week ....So lets get it on!
Essex Ham report an amateur radio Foundation Online training webinar held on April 21 attracted 273 participants Since the RSGB enabled Foundation exams to be taken online in people's homes there has been a surge of interest in free online amateur radio training courses. Essex Ham tweeted: Last night, we ran a live webinar for candidates on our Foundation Online courses. Here are the stats. Loads of great questions, especially about getting started, taking the online exam & first steps into the hobby. Hugely positive comments about @theRSGB online exams. #hamradio https://twitter.com/EssexHam/status/1252859795389874176 The next Foundation Online course starts on May 3, due to heavy demand it's advisable to register early.
You can find out more about Foundation online amateur radio training and register to join a course at https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/
Subject: Re: Foundation Online Courses Restarting Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:12 pm
As at the end of April 24 the RSGB had successfully conducted 29 remotely-invigilated online amateur radio Foundation exams in people's homes
The Society reports they are currently doing 10 remote exams per day.
The RSGB President and Exam Quality Manager Dave Wilson M0OBW has been a keen proponent of online exams. He has indicated he would eventually like to see the number done each day increased to 15+.
About 350 exams have been booked to the end of May and several hundred additional Foundation exams are in the pipeline. Given the high demand for Foundation exams it seems unlikely any Intermediate or Full exams could be done before the end of May.