Foundation Syllabus

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This page contains some information useful to candidates preparing for the Foundation License Course.

The recommended book for this course is Foundation License Manual It is very cheap and contains all the technical basics as well as licensing regulations and operating procedures, all explained in a clear and easy to understand fashion. If you are a member of the society you should be able to loan this from our club library whilst you are revising from the exam.


Latest version of the Foundation Syllabus (Last updated 31st July 2020 for exams from 2019 onwards).

Sample Papers

Old RSGB papers using previous syllabus

If you want more questions to practice with, try Radio Tutor. It's free, you can create an account if you want to store past test results to track your progress.

List of practical assessments

These are required to be done before the exam takes place. However, since COVID-19 practical assessment has been suspended and it is not yet clear if it will be re-instated. It is still worth learning how to do all these things with an instructor, so you can make best use of your foundation license when you pass.

  • VHF contact
    • Tune to a voice and a data signal
    • Use of squelch, frequency and audio gain settings
    • Make a CQ call
    • Change of frequency
  • HF contact
    • Make a CQ call
    • Tune to an SSB voice signal and a Morse code signal
    • Exchange of signal report
    • Use of frequency, clarifier, audio gain, RF gain, microphone gain
    • Use of antenna tuner
  • Other
    • Correct connection of a radio
    • VHF dipole tuning
    • Morse code
    • Demonstrate operation of an LED

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