Training for Foundation by Gordon Sweet M3YXH

I was asked to put to pen to paper of my experiences so far of after 50 years like some others belonging to first the now defunct Clifton ARS then the dear old HERC, I am at last attempting the Foundation Licence. Though whether at my ripe old age of 76 I am going to remember all the conditions, as I failed many moons ago with the RAE is yet to be seen.

training-for-the-foundation-licenceFirst of all we must express our sincere gratitude to mainly Phil and Mike as the stalwarts who give up their time each first Saturday in the month to try and instil some knowledge in the likes of me. But I now feel it my duty to explain the following to any enquiries I receive from newcomers on the phone, as often being their first contact with the club. It must be admitted in turning up at the nice cosy but rather chilling underground former Nuclear Bunker now used by the Brede ARS, we also serve the purpose of helping the excellent Brede Steam Engine Society to provide interest in their exhibitions also on the same day. Visitors are encouraged to pop into the bunker to witness our efforts to contact others using rigs kindly brought along by Phil and Mike. As result we are at times interrupted to answer questions from visitors, and ironically most of these seem to relate to the history of the Bunker, which equally ironically was never completed until rather late after the fall of the infamous Berlin Wall.

All this along with the problems of setting up the rigs, tuning in which of the aerials is suitable for a particular band is to be used, explains why I usually found it to be all day event of up to 7 hours. This is not to mention such problems as having to find a soldering iron to repair a cable kindly chopped in half by the gardener with his strimmer! The practical essential tuition demanded by the RSGB merely consists of making a few contacts on both UHV and HF bands, and a simple attempt at sending and receiving Morse, by just reading the chart without the need at the Foundation stage of remembering all the code. You are also expected to understand the basic principles of simple soldering.

However many trainees will soon realise, that although we must also be grateful for the facilities kindly provided by the Brede ARS, the little amount of practical tuition needed could be much quicker provided by any HERC member kindly allowing use of his rigs permanently set up in his home. Thus avoiding the need for setting up all the Antennas and rigs each time, and occasional interruptions by questions by visitors.

Gordon Sweet M3YXH re-published from Vital Spark November 2009.

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