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The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club runs training courses for the "Foundation" licence, these courses are normally held in the "odd" months of the year, check out the EVENTS page for dates of the next course.

The objective of these courses is to give candidates the knowledge and skills to demonstrate a practical ability to put together an amateur radio station from commercial equipment and to operate it without causing interference to other users and have the knowledge to be a competent radio operator.

You will also need to be aware of how amateur radio relates to other users of the radio spectrum, your licence conditions, technical basics of electricity and electronics, transmitters, receivers, feedlines and antennas, propagation, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and electromagnetic radiation (EMR).

The foundation licence operator can operate in the bands listed below using the modes of Amplitude Modulation (AM), Single Side Band (SSB) or Hand Keyed Morse Code.

  3.500 MHz -  3.700 MHz
  7.000 MHz -  7.300 MHz
 21.000 MHz - 21.450 MHz

And on the following bands can also operate Frequency Modulation (FM) in addition to the modes listed above.

  28.000 MHz -  29.700 MHz
 144.000 MHz - 148.000 MHz
 430.000 MHz - 450.000 MHz

The foundation licence operator can only use commercially manufactured equipment and are restricted to a maximum transmitter power of ten (10) Watts.

The WIA has produced a book called the Foundation Licence Manual. It is a full color manual consisting of relevant information for those studying, or those who would just like a reference book for Foundation Licence Operators. The manual contains all the relevant information you will need to know to successfully complete a training course to obtain a foundation licence. It also contains a wealth of information a Foundation Licence operator will need. Items like Band Plans, Electrical Safety information, operating procedures such as the Q code, how to contact your local radio club, the WIA and much more.

Candidates can obtain the Your Entry to Amateur Radio Manual from several sources; The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club maintains a stock of these manuals. The retail price for the manual is $30.00.

The licence structure has a practical assessment that is common to the three grades of licence. This means that once you have been declared competent by an assessor for the practical assessment as part of the qualification in receiving an amateur licence, that competency is transferable should you upgrade your licence.

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club runs Foundation Licence training courses about every 2-3 months. The club is the ideal place to learn all about amateur radio. You can meet other hams, attend interesting lectures, and find out lots of information. If you decide to take up amateur radio as a hobby you will soon learn there are many different facets to the hobby.

The standard time for the training course is around 12 hours and is normally over a weekend and is followed by the required formal Assessments.

We have a "CRARC Foundation Starter Pack" which is a Resource Pack especially designed for the Foundation Level Amateurs in mind. This can be found on our Archive page under "Education". The Pack provides a wide source of practical topics and advice for Foundation Licensees to get them started into Amateur Radio.

For further information on Education matters, please contact CRARC by email to education "at"

Education Service

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club conducts Foundation Licence courses for those people wishing to persue an Amateur Foundation Licence. A formal Assessment is then held on the Sunday of these courses. Assessments for other classes of licence are usually held at other times so the training and assessment people do not become burnt out on these weekend.

To apply for a Foundation Level Course, please visit our eventbrite page to register for any of our upcoming courses.

Assessment Service

Members of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club run the assessments for each of the 3 levels of Amateur Radio Licences on behalf of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) through its Amateur Radio Assessment service.

Foundation Licence Course

To Register --

 Complete CRARC Amateur Radio Foundation Course                           $40.00
 "Your Introduction to Amateur Radio"                                     $30.00
    (The Foundation Licence Manual, Required unless you already have one)
 Total                                                                    $70.00

In addition to the Foundation Licence Course costs listed above, there are also AMC Assessment and ACMA fees as outlined below.

Australian Maritime College Fees

as at 1st March 2019 are as follows:

Foundation Theory/Regulations$90.00
Practical Assessment taken alone$90.00
Standard/Advanced Regulations$90.00
Standard Theory$90.00
Advanced Theory$90.00
    Note that the Practical Assessment is included in the price when undertaken at the same time as the Theory / Regulations for all licence grades
AMC Callsign Recommendation Fees 
Level 1 Recommendation for Next Available Callsign$25.00
** Level 2 Recommendation for Selected Callsign 2-4 letter$35.00
** Level 3 Recommendation for Selected Callsign 2 letter VK2/3/4$60.00
(** Not currently available) 

NOTE AMC fees are payable on the day by Cheque, Credit Card or have been paid prior by EFT - NO CASH CAN BE ACCEPTED !

ACMA Licence Fees

as at 1st April 2019

Initial Licence Fee$78.00
Ongoing annual Renewal$54.00
Licence Variation charge$49.00

Standard Level or Advanced Level Assessments.

Sometimes referred to as "Upgrade Assessments". If you wish to undertake a Standard or Advanced Assessment, please contact education "at"

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club DOES NOT have Credit Card / EFTPOS facilities, so all course fees and Foundation Manual purchases need to be paid by Direct Bank Deposit or by Cheque (made out to CRARC). CRARC can produce a PayPal invoice for you to pay by credit card however there is an administrative fee added to cover the clubs cost of using this facility.

Please refer to the "Events" page for the proposed course dates

For further information regarding assessments, please make contact via email to education "at"