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PostSubject: Online Foundation Tests 2020   Online Foundation Tests 2020 Icon_minitimeTue Apr 07, 2020 7:42 am

Hi all, hope you are well and keeping safe.

In pursuit of my own radio interests and in the spirit of sharing, I'd like to share the following information with you.

During the current lockdown many of you studying for becoming a radio amateur or contemplating it will have come to the realisation that clubs are shut down and you may not be able to proceed further.
Fear not, the RSGB (UK), have currently waived the practical assessment requirement and started to offer online Foundation level examinations. Good news Smile

You can find more information on the following links :-

Foundation Online Invigilation

Foundation Exams Coronavirus

Online Foundation FAQ

The final faq link is a pdf download showing requirements for obtaining an online examination.
Useful as the basic requirements for taking the exam are a PC running Windows 7 or higher, or a Mac running OS10 or higher and a webcam, (amongst other details).

I hope this helps anyone out there, (even though it doesn't currently help me due to having a Linux machine and Android tablet neither of which are applicable).

I also hope that it is a successful venture for the RSGB and becomes a permanent feature for future candidates wishing to expand their radio interests and become a radio amateur.


All the best to you,
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PostSubject: Re: Online Foundation Tests 2020   Online Foundation Tests 2020 Icon_minitimeTue Apr 07, 2020 9:41 am

Cheers Mark, missed that Wink

Can't have too much helpful information.
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PostSubject: Re: Online Foundation Tests 2020   Online Foundation Tests 2020 Icon_minitimeTue Apr 07, 2020 8:45 pm

Victor wrote:
Hi all, hope you are well and keeping safe.

In pursuit of my own radio interests and in the spirit of sharing, I'd like to share the following information with you.

During the current lockdown many of you studying for becoming a radio amateur or contemplating it will have come to the realisation that clubs are shut down and you may not be able to proceed further.
Fear not, the RSGB (UK), have currently waived the practical assessment requirement and started to offer online Foundation level examinations. Good news Smile

You can find more information on the following links :-

Foundation Online Invigilation

Foundation Exams Coronavirus

Online Foundation FAQ

The final faq link is a pdf download showing requirements for obtaining an online examination.
Useful as the basic requirements for taking the exam are a PC running Windows 7 or higher, or a Mac running OS10 or higher and a webcam, (amongst other details).

I hope this helps anyone out there, (even though it doesn't currently help me due to having a Linux machine and Android tablet neither of which are applicable).

I also hope that it is a successful venture for the RSGB and becomes a permanent feature for future candidates wishing to expand their radio interests and become a radio amateur.


All the best to you,
Victor

Nice one Victor, I hope you and yours are well buddy. Never a better time to get your foundation ticket, go get 'em folks! Very Happy
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Victor wrote:
Cheers Mark, missed that Wink

Can't have too much helpful information.


indeed, more the merrier...
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Cheer's for the info Mark.

73's
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PostSubject: Re: Online Foundation Tests 2020   Online Foundation Tests 2020 Icon_minitimeSun Apr 19, 2020 8:22 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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PostSubject: Re: Online Foundation Tests 2020   Online Foundation Tests 2020 Icon_minitimeTue Apr 21, 2020 5:17 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 Smile I've just ordered the RSGB Foundation study guide for delivery this week ....So lets get it on!

Thanks for the info fellas!

Cheers and Beers  cheers
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hawk657 wrote:
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 Smile I've just ordered the RSGB Foundation study guide for delivery this week ....So lets get it on!

Thanks for the info fellas!

Cheers and Beers  cheers
Matt
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Good luck with it Matt, you won't regret it, a whole new world of radio awaits!! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Online Foundation Tests 2020   Online Foundation Tests 2020 Icon_minitimeThu Apr 23, 2020 10:07 pm

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/
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PostSubject: Re: Online Foundation Tests 2020   Online Foundation Tests 2020 Icon_minitimeSun Apr 26, 2020 10:14 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.
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PostSubject: Re: Online Foundation Tests 2020   Online Foundation Tests 2020 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 27, 2020 1:18 pm

that is going to be very handy for me, wanted to do the foundation course but living in Bulgaria i would struggle to find something in English, that's for the information.
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Foundation Online Amateur Radio training starts May 3
Register now for the next free Essex Ham online amateur radio Foundation training course that starts on May 3

The course is free, takes place in an online classroom, and requires 2-3 hours of study per week. Courses include online lessons, video tutorials, slides and mock tests.

More information and details of how to register are at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online

Once you've completed the course you can take the RSGB Foundation exam online from your own home, details are given in the Online exam remote invigilation FAQ at
https://rsgb.org/main/clubs-training/exam-faq/
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RSGB to introduce remote invigilation for Foundation Exa
Remotely-invigilated exam numbers released
On Friday, May 1, the RSGB released the figures for UK remotely-invigilated amateur radio Foundation exams
The Society said 116 Foundation exams had been run, of these 109 candidates had passed giving a pass rate of 94%.
This pass rate is very encouraging, the minutes of the RSGB Examinations and Syllabus Review Group (ESRG) meeting held on February 1 had recorded a Foundation pass rate of only 79% for the first five months of the new syllabus up to the end of January.
About 380 exams are scheduled to take place in May and so far 187 exams have been planned for June. The high demand for Foundation exams suggests early booking may be advisable.
ESRG minutes can be downloaded from
https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/committe ... c-reports/
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Essex Ham Foundation Online Training breaks all records - Again!!

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 313 people enrolled on the course that started on May 3 but demand is still so high that the Essex Ham team will be running a second course in parallel. This course starts on Sunday, May 17 and is open to anyone.

You can find out more about online training and register to join the course at
https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/
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[b]RSGB online amateur radio exam figures released
On Monday, May 11, it was reported that 216 candidates had taken the remotely-invigilated online amateur radio Foundation exam since April 10, of those 201 (93%) passed

This shows a significantly improved Foundation pass-rate since remotely-invigilated exams, that people could take in their own homes, were introduced. In the 5 months from September 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020 only 79% had passed, see ESRG minutes for February
https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/committe ... c-reports/

One of the reasons for the improvement may be because online tuition enables people to learn at their own speed.

There has been a surge of interest in getting an amateur radio licence since remotely-invigilated exams were introduced. In addition to the 216 exams already taken there are another 617 Foundation candidates already booked in for their Exam.

Information on free online amateur radio Foundation training courses and how to apply to take the Foundation exam online from your own home.[b]
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The RSGB reports that despite a record number of 600 online amateur radio exam slots being made available in June, they are already fully booked!

A post on the RSGB website reads:

In response to the demand for remote invigilation exams, the RSGB is launching a new, automated booking system. It will make each part of the process smoother for applicants and HQ staff. As all 600 exam slots in June have now been filled, the new booking system will go live on 1 June in readiness for booking July exam slots.

Over the next ten days we will share more details about the system and how to use it.

In the meantime, please note that we are not accepting any new bookings via the old application form.

Source: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/rsgb-notices/2020/05/20/new-booking-system-for-remote-invigilation-exams/

Prior to the introduction of remotely-invigilated online exams that people can take from their own home, there were only about 1500 Foundation exams held each year, that equates to just 125 a month, demand is now running at over four-times that level.

Remote-invigilation and Online Training seems to have made the hobby accessible to so many more people for whom the geographically-patchy club-based training and exams were out of reach.
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Just a note for Starship/Victor and anyone else who's interested.
I used this very course to do my foundation and completed (unknown to me at the time) 2 weeks before the outbreak.
Essex Ham and in particular Pete Sipple who runs/tutors the course have done an outstanding job. The course i found personally much easier and more pleasurable to learn than reading just the manual alone. I find that learning via watching video presentations and doing the little tests a better way of learning for me. You log on and go at your own pace at whatever suits your life style ect with access 24/7. when i took my exam i felt more than ready, having done a couple of "mock" exams provide on the course. I passed on my first attempt achieving 25 out of 26, the pass mark is i believe 19 out of 26.
It is without reservation that i thoroughly recommend this course to anyone interested and now that you can do the exam remotely via the RSGB thereby obviates having to attend a club, it's a win win.!

Good Luck.!
Stay Safe.
Cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: Online Foundation Tests 2020   Online Foundation Tests 2020 Icon_minitimeFri May 22, 2020 8:41 pm

Well Dale.
Great to hear that you one of many now that have done the Essex club course.
They have a fantastic course which will permit anybody that is unable to go to a local radio club to do it.
Long may it continue along with the remote exam.
73.
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