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BASIC Class

CARA Basic Amateur Radio Course, fall of 2017 Information

Becoming and amateur radio operator or Ham requires achieving a 70% mark on the Basic Qualification Exam. This is the starting point for becoming a ham and it will get you "on the air" with access to the VHF amateur radio bands.

Achieving a score of 80% or higher enables operation on the HF bands, the bands normally associated with very long distance communication.

More about amateur radio qualification levels and privileges can be found on the website of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. The test is 100 multiple-choice questions covering safety, regulations, operating practices, and theory.

An online Exam Generator-Study Basic Questions provides an idea of what to expect.

CARA offers a 14 evening course to prepare participants for success on the exam that is based upon accumulation of knowledge rather than memorization of the correct answer to 100 of the 400 questions in the exam bank.

The fall course begins: September 11, 2017; start time 7:00 PM; end is 9:00PM.

Location: Rock Pointe Church – BowRidge, 12 BowRidge Drive Northwest, Calgary, AB.

Duration: Monday evenings for 14 weeks, not including Stat Holidays if required.

Registration takes place at the class location on the night of the first class with course payment to be made by cash or cheque.

Tuition: $65.00. (Course fee only)
includes:

Photocopied course materials ($15.00 value).

Current year Associate membership to Calgary Amateur Radio Association ($30 value).

Club initiation ($15.00 value). 

Basic Qualification test by accredited examiner ($20.00 value).

Preparation prior to first class

Purchase beforehand: “Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide - 9th Edition, 2nd printing, 2016”.

Locally available from:

Radio World Calgary: Ph. (403) 239-1400)

NTF Communications: Ph: (403) 219-0555

Or by mail from : Coax Publications  Ph:1 (905) 898-4875

What if I may not be able to make every scheduled class?

Depending on your dedication to catch up on missed material, you can miss a few classes and still comfortably pass the exam. You will receive a course outline and there is some reading to be done between classes and assigned homework questions from the exam bank. So, making it to every class is not critical to success.

If you have further questions please phone:

John Brookwell, VE6TUG at (403) 293-7879

e-mail to: john.brookwell@yahoo.com


ADVANCED Class

Passing the Advanced Qualification Exam (70% pass mark) will allow you full access to the HF bands and allow you to build and install transmitters and repeaters. 

More about amateur radio qualification levels and privileges can be found on the website of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.The test is 50 multiple choice questions covering safety, regulations, operating practices, and theory. The pass mark is 70% for an Advanced Qualification. 

There is a "Practice Exam Generator" software program that can be downloaded from the.  Amateur Radio Operator Certificates  Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. This will give you an idea of what to expect.

Date Offered: The Winter course starts in January 2018.

Time: To Be Determined, typically 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

Duration: Approximately 14 weeks, not including Stat Holidays if required.

Registration: takes place at the class location on the night of the first class with course payment to be made by cash or cheque.

Tuition: $50.00 for the course only. It is assumed you have the Canadian Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Study Guide in hand and have done some self-study prior to course commencement.

The study guide is available by mail order fromCoax Publications  Ph:1 (905) 898-4875.

The Advanced Qualification exam is included and taken on the last evening.  

Tuition: $95.00 includes the course fee and the Canadian Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Study Guide.

Advanced Qualification exam is included and taken on the last evening. 

There is a "Practice Exam Generator" software program that can be downloaded from the IC web site at Amateur Radio Operator Certificates . This will give you an idea of what to expect.

Preparation prior to first class

Acquire beforehand the Canadian Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Study Guide and do some self-study prior to commencement of the class.

What if I may not be able to make every scheduled class?

Depending on your dedication to catch up on missed material, you can miss a few classes and still comfortably pass the exam. You will receive a course outline and there is some reading to be done between classes and assigned homework questions from the exam bank. So, making it to every class is not critical to success.

If you have further questions please phone:

John Brookwell, VE6TUG at (403) 293-7879

e-mail to: john.brookwell@yahoo.com

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