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Foundation Licence Index and Syllabus.
Edited by Brian MW0GKX.

This Index is laid out as an abbreviated syllabus. The full syllabus for the relevant section (some of which have been broken down into more managable parts) is at the top of that page.

You should find enough here to enable you to pass the theory part of the UK Amateur Radio Foundation Licence. If you have any feedback about any of the pages in this section or think that there is a part (or parts) that need further clarification let the editor know by email at: webmaster@highfields-arc.co.uk.

Within the sections you will find links to other areas of this site for further reading. These links are extras for your further understanding and offer more detail than the Foundation Licence Exam requires. I suggest that you use them to further your knowledge and understanding after you have taken the exam so as not to confuse yourself.

1. Amateur radio. (page)



2. Licensing Conditions. (page)

3. Technical Basics (Split into 3 sections:)

4. Transmitters and Receivers

5. Feeders and Antennas (Split into 4 sections:)

6. Propagation. (page)

7. EMC. (page)

8. Operating Practices and Procedures (Split into 2 sections:)

9. Safety. (page)

10. Morse Code. (page)

Sample Foundation Exam. See how you do.

Notes to the Syllabus:

  1. In the detailed syllabus at the head of each sub page, you will come across 2 different levels of comprehension:
    • Recall indicates the need to remember a fact and apply it fairly directly to a question or situation. A thorough understanding of why the fact is so and the full range of circumstances in which it is applicable is not required, but questions will expect a basic understanding.
    • Understand indicates the need for a more detailed knowledge of the subject, understanding why the point is correct and the range of circumstances in which it is relevant and applicable.


  2. Assessment consists of practical exercises shown in sections 8e and 8f of this syllabus, which must be completed before sitting the examination.
    At the time of writing the exam consists of 25 multiple-choice questions each with 4 possible answers only one of which is correct.
    No marks are deducted for wrong answers.
    The pass mark is 18 questions correctly answered (72%) and all questions carry equal marks.

  3. A Tutor Guide is available which expands on the syllabus and gives guidance on providing courses. The Guide is aimed at tutors but may also be found useful to candidates.

  4. Requests for examinations should be make in the first instance to the Radio Society of Great Britain, telephone 0870 904 7373, e-mail AR.Dept@rsgb.org.uk who will be able to put you in touch with a local exam centre.

  5. It is strongly advised that prospective candidates consider joining a suitable training course leading to the practical assessment and examination.

  6. Band plans are produced and revised by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in conjunction with national societies (RSGB for UK). Consequently the Band Plan shown in the Syllabus Guide and relevant questions in the Bank, will, from time to time, lag behind the current IARU plans. The examination will be based on the simplified version shown in this syllabus. New syllabuses and guides will be issued periodically and will show the date from which they will become valid. Notice will always be given but it is incumbent on students and tutors to confirm that they are working to the current version.
Syllabus as supplied by the
Radio Communications Foundation (issue 7)
Syllabus Copyright RCF.
For Examinations held after 1 June 2009.

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