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CARS Training

Amateur Radio licences are now obtained by passing a progressive system of Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels of the Radio Communications Examination. Anyone entering the hobby must go through each stage before progressing to the next. Foundation and Intermediate levels include operating and practical assessments as well as theory. CARS offer a full range of amateur radio licence training courses.


  • A course may not run if confirmed numbers are below six per course.
  • If you just need an exam/re-take, please contact us to see if we can fit you in on an existing date

    Contact the CARS Training Coordinator
    Chris Chapman G0IPU
    Mob: 07908-107951
    Email: training2016 at

    Foundation Courses

    Get on the air with the entry-level Foundation Licence. CARS runs Foundation Courses which are on Thursday evenings at 7-9pm at Danbury Village Hall.

  • Course NoCourse DatesExam Date
    3314-Jan-2016 to 11-Feb-2016 18-Feb-2016
    34  1-Sep-2016 to 29-Sep-2016   6-Oct-2016

    On successful completion of the Foundation Course the candidates will be able to apply for a Foundation Licence which allows the use of all modes on most of the Amateur bands with upto 10W power.

    The cost is 50 which includes room hire, the RSGB Exam Fee* and the 'Foundation Now!' manual.

    Please ensure you forward details of your full name, address, phone & mobile numbers and email address.

    Intermediate Courses

    The Intermediate Licence (permitting upto 50W on all bands) requires that you must first have passed the Foundation level. The Courses are held from 7-9pm on Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall.

    The 80 cost includes room hire, Project materials, Intermediate Licence manual, and RSGB Exam Fee.*

    Course No Course Dates Exam Date
    15 17-Mar-2016 to 26-May-2016     Thu 2-Jun-2016

    Note that we will need to know details of your Foundation callsign and exam pass date as well as your full name, address, phone & mobile numbers and email address.

    Practicals Workshops

    For those who just need Foundation or Intermediate Practical Assessments (as they may wish to take the exam separately), CARS offer these opportunities:-

    Course Dates
    Foundation-1 28-Jan-2016 and 4-Feb-2016  
    Foundation-2 / Intermediate-3 14-Jul-2016 and 21-Jul-2016    

    The cost includes room hire and project materials - but you are advised to have the appropriate course book as well. As time is limited, preparation beforehand is advised. For Foundation, prior knowledge of phonetic alphabet is an advantage. Intermediate candidates should include an awareness of the Resistor Colour Code and basic circuit symbols as these are used in the practicals.

    Note: Attendees should aim to arrive for a prompt 7pm start, until 9pm, and places are limited.

    Advanced Courses / Exams

    From 1-Jan-2004 the Advanced Exam replaced the RAE. Passing this gives you a Full Licence (upto 400W and other privileges). It is necessary to have passed both Foundation and Intermediate levels prior to signing up for this.

    Advanced Classes are held from 7-9pm on Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall.

    CARS offer a number of options for the Advanced exam. A full 13-14wk course costs 90 including room hire, Advance Exam manual and RSGB Exam Fee.*. When demand is not sufficient for a full course, CARS may offer shorter Prep/Revision Classes and Exam-only sessions for those who have already studied at home/elsewhere and have their own course books (aka fast-track courses) - costs for these are between 45 (Exam-only) and 65 (Revision course).

    Course No Course Dates Exam Date
    17P 23-Jun & 30-Jun Prep Classes     Tue 5-Jul-2016
    18R 27-Oct-2016 to 1-Dec-2016 Revision Classes     Mon 5-Dec-2016
    19P 22-Jun & 29-Jun Prep Classes     Tue 4-Jul-2017
    20R 26-Oct-2017 to 30-Nov-2017 Revision Classes     Mon 4-Dec-2017
    Those interested in this course should contact our Training Manager with details of their Intermediate callsign and exam pass date as well as full name, address, phone & mobile numbers and email address.
    NB: Advanced Exam dates/times are set nationally

    CW Classes       − • − •     − − • −

    Morse Code (CW) enables DX working at low power levels. Want to be proficient at Morse ?
    CARS offers Morse classes on Thursday evenings at Danbury, run by Andrew Kersey G0IBN

    *Exam Fees

    A major part of any course cost is the RSGB Exam Fee. As of Sept-2007 this is levied at a flat rate regardless of whether you are an RSGB member or not, in order to be non-discriminatory. Increases in Sept-2009 and Nov-2010 have prompted consequent revisions to CARS course costs

    Alternative Training Centres in Essex

    Colchester Radio Amateurs:

    Harlow & District Amateur Radio Society:

    Havering & District Amateur Radio Club:

    Loughton & Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society:

    South Essex Amateur Radio Society:

    Thames Amateur Radio Group:

    Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club:

    Web Resources


  • Exam Requirements Guide
  • Just Passed ?
  • Foundation Feedback forms: Word, PDF
  • Echolink Primer

    Essex Ham:-

  • Foundation Slides
  • Getting Started Guides
  • Foundation Online


  • First Steps: What is Amateur Radio?
  • Next Steps: Getting Started - FAQs
  • Training info: RSGB Training web pages
  • Exams topics: Exam Syllabuses

    Mock Exams:-

  • RSGB Sample Papers: Foundation, Intermediate, Advance
  • Online mock exam material:


  • Licence Conditions inc Frequency Schedules: Ofcom Amateur Radio Pages
  • Online Licensing Service: Start here

    Help us sign up more candidates:-

  • CARS Foundation Leaflet / Registration Form
  • CARS Leaflet, Training Banner

    CARS Supports:-

  • Essex Repeater Group - home of GB3DA
  • STELAR - the Radio Education Charity

    CARS Website and Slide Design Resources are here

    CARS Amateur Radio Exam Centres & Locations

    CARS uses RSGB registered exam centres. Click on the links for location maps

    EX144 - Danbury Village Hall - Map
    EX238 - Danbury United Reformed Church Hall - Map
    EX99  - St Mary's Church Centre, Great Baddow - Map
    EX316 - King Edward Grammar School, KEGS
    EX75  - Chelmsford Scouts, Springfield
  • Danbury Village Hall on Multimap: Close-in or Wider Area
  • Public Transport: Bus Timetables
  • Photos of Danbury Village Hall and other Exam Centres are on the Photos Page

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