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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, as well as separate pratical/exam sessions and Morse classes.


  • Numbers: A full course may not run if confirmed numbers are below six per course.
  • Flexiblity: If you just need an exam/re-take, please contact us to see if we can fit you in on an existing date
  • Extra Dates: If arranged in good time we can offer exams/practical sessions on Skills Nights (EX sessions below)

    Peter Davies, M0PSD, is the CARS Training Manager.
    Those wishing to book a place should contact him by . . .
    Tel:   01268-767112
    Mob: 07747-130777
    Email: training2019 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
    3917-Jan-2019 to 14-Feb-2019   (with Intermediate opportunities as well) 21-Feb-2019

    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 60 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
    18 21-Mar-2019 to 25-Apr-2019     (with Foundation opportunities as well) Thu 2-May-2019

    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.


    For those who just need Foundation or Intermediate Practical Assessments (as they may wish to take the exam separately), CARS offer opportunities in parallel with other courses or Skills nights - please enquire

    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.

    • Foundation: Prior knowledge of the phonetic alphabet is an advantage.
    • Intermediate: Candidates should have an awareness of the Resistor Colour Code and basic circuit symbols as these are used in the practicals.

    Advanced Courses / Exams

    From 1-Jan-2004 the Advanced Exam replaced the C&G 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.

    CARS offer a number of options for Advanced 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 (aka fast-track courses) - costs for these are between 45 (Exam-only) and 65 (Revision course).

    Our July and December slots are 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
    23R 30-May-2019 to 4-Jul-2019 Revision Classes - tbc     Thu 11-Jul-2019
    24E Exam (with mock possible on Thu Nov-28)       Thu 5-Dec-2019
    NB: If you need an Advance Exam, the RSGB require it to be booked and paid for at least four weeks beforehand. Those interested 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.


    The Advance exam sessions above can also be used for Foundation/Intermediate - please enquire if you need this. In addition we also have these Exam-only sessions below for smaller groups, held in parallel to Skills nights. Please contact us 4wks ahead to allow for the required notice period:-

    Exam Session Exam Date
    EX7 Monday 18-Feb-2019
    EX8 Monday 18-Mar-2018
    EX9 Monday 15-Apr-2019
    EX10 Monday 20-May-2019
    EX11 Monday 17-Jun-2019

    Note: The above assume you have already have signed-off practicals if its a Foundation or Intermediate exam.

    CW Classes       − • − •     − − • −

    LEARN MORSE IN 2019! - Morse classes start again at Danbury Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday, 17th January, 2019. If you are a complete beginner Danbury is the best place, you will have your own "Elmer" to instruct and guide you. If you just want to refresh your morse skills Danbury has a group of enthusiasts who will be pleased to help. If you just want a pleasurable evening with CW friends just come and join us 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 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, Nov-2010 and venue costs 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:

    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
  • 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
  • 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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