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Amateur Radio licences are obtained by passing a progressive system of exams for Foundation, Intermediate and Full 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 topics as well as theory. CARS offer the full range of amateur radio licence training courses including "Fast Track" sessions to prepare for the theory exams. At Foundation level, CARS also provides practical "hands on" sessions using CARS equipment to introduce candidates to Amateur Radio.



John O'Connell, M0JOC is the CARS Training Coordinator / Exam Secretary
Those wishing to book a place on a course or exam slot should contact him by directly. . .
M:  07868-004380
E:  training2022 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 No Course Dates Exam Date
42Ftba 2022   - fast-track see below

On passing the Foundation Exam, candidates will be able to apply for a Foundation Licence and Callsign which allows the use of all modes on most of the Amateur bands with upto 10W power.

The cost of a full length 6 week training course includes room hire and excludes the RSGB Exam Fee*. Shorter 2 week fast-track courses are 15 inclusive. Fast Track courses consist of two consecutive Thursday evening sessions at Danbury Village Hall.

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 exam first. The Courses are held from 7-9pm on Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall.

A full length Intermediate training course fee includes room hire and excludes the RSGB Exam Fee.*. Shorter 2 week fast-track courses are 20 inclusive. Fast Track courses consist of two consecutive Thursday evening sessions at Danbury Village Hall.

Course No Course Dates Exam Date
19F tba 2022     - Intermediate Fast Track See below

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.

Full Courses

Passing the Full Exam gives you a Full Licence (upto 400W and other privileges). It is necessary to have passed both Foundation and Intermediate levels prior to undertaking the Full Exam.

CARS offer a number of options for Full exams, which are held on Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall. CARS offer shorter Prep/Revision Classes and Exam-only sessions for those who have already studied at home/elsewhere and have their own course books. Currently, costs for the 2wk Full Fast-track Course which excludes the exam fee are 20.

We often offer July and December slots aligned with the Bath Distance Learning course which is highly recommended. If you need additional revision slots/mentoring do contact us.

Course No Course Dates Exam Date
26F tba 2022     - Full Fast Track See below
NB: If you need a Full Exam, please contact our Training Coordinator with details of your Intermediate callsign and exam pass date as well as full name, address, phone & mobile numbers and email address.


Exams for all three levels are currently being taken online only with Remote Invigilators from the RSGB using the 'Testreach' system.

Exams can be booked and paid for by the candidate directly with the RSGB:

CW Classes       − • − •     − − • −

LEARN MORSE IN 2022! - Morse classes are now carried on Skype at 7pm on a Thursday evening. If you are a complete beginner we can arrange you to have your own "Elmer" to instuct and guide you. If you just want to refresh your morse skills we have a class of CW enthusiasts who will welcome you to their class. If you just want a pleasurable evening with CW friends, just drop in for a fun evening whenever it suits you.

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

*Exam Fees

A major part of any course cost is the RSGB Exam Fee. This is levied at a flat rate regardless of whether you are an RSGB member or not, in order to be non-discriminatory.

Alternative Training Centres in Essex

Braintree and District Amateur Radio Society:

Colchester Radio Amateurs:

Harlow & District Amateur Radio Society:

Havering & District Amateur Radio Club:

Loughton & Epping Forest 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 Introduction


  • Foundation Online - useful prep
  • HamTests - online mocks


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

    Mock Exams:-

  • RSGB: Mock Exams & Handouts,
  • Other:


  • Licence Conditions inc Frequency Schedules: Ofcom Amateur Radio Pages
  • Online Licensing Service: Start here
  • Online Licensing - User Guide Leaflet: Click Here

    Help us sign up more candidates:-

  • CARS Foundation Posters: Colour-1, Colour-2, Red/Mono
  • CARS Foundation Leaflet / Registration Form
  • CARS Leaflet, Training Banner

    CARS Supports:-

  • Essex Repeater Group - home of GB3DA
  • Radio Communications Foundation (RCF) - 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 Google Maps: Close-in or Wide Area
  • Public Transport: Bus Timetables
  • Photos of Danbury Village Hall and other Exam Centres are on the Photos Page

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