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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.

Note that a course may not run if confirmed numbers are below six per course

Clive Ward G1EUC Clive Ward, G1EUC is the CARS Training Manager.
Those wishing to book a place should contact him by . . .
Tel:   01245-224577
Mob: 07860-418835
E-mail: training2015 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
3115-Jan-2015 to 12-Feb-2015 19-Feb-2015
32  3-Sep-2015 to 1-Oct-2015   8-Oct-2015

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
14 2-Apr-2015 to 11-Jun-2015     (and Wed May-27) Thu 18-Jun-2015

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.

Intermediate Practicals Workshop

For those who just need Intermediate Practical Assessments (as they may wish to take the exam elsewhere), there is a new offering by CARS in July:-

Course No Course Dates
1 2-Jul-2015 and 9-Jul-2015    

Course:   Information
Registration Form: PDF, Word

The 15 cost includes room hire and project materials - but you are advised to have the Intermediate Book as well. As time is limited, preparation beforehand is advised and 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 6.30 for a prompt 7pm start, until 9pm, and places are limited.

News Features: EssexHam, Southgate

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 Revision and Exam-only sessions for those who have already studied at home/elsewhere and have their own course books (so-called fast-track 'R' courses) - costs for these are 45 (Exam-only) and 65 (Revision course)

Course No Course Dates Exam Date
15E Exam Only     Tue 30-Jun-2015
16R 29-Oct-2015 to 3-Dec-2015 Revision Classes     Mon 7-Dec-2015
17E Exam Only     Tue 5-Jul-2016
18R 27-Oct-2016 to 1-Dec-2016 Revision Classes     Mon 5-Dec-2016
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 RCF/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 Society:

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


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


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


  • The exam system is 'owned' by the Radio Communications Foundation - the RCF
  • Exam Syllabuses are downloadable from: RCF RCE webpages

    Online mock exam material:

    Help us sign up more candidates:-

  • CARS Foundation Posters: Colour, Red, Monochrome
  • CARS Foundation Leaflet / Registration Form

    CARS Website and Slide Design Resources are here

    CARS Supports STELAR - the Radio Education Charity

    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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