CARA

Calgary Amateur Radio Association

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Basic Class

Basic Amateur Ham Radio Course on September 16, 2019.
Starting Monday evenings at 6:45 PM

Registration for the September CARA Basic Amateur Radio Class are open for registration.  
See https://caraham.org/event-3552138

The Basic Class starts September 16, 2019 and Advanced Class Tentative January 2019.

Links to Schedule and Syllabus 

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The Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide must be purchased in Advance for the course.
The Basic Study Guides are available from:
  • Radio World Calgary Ph. (403) 239 - 1400).
      Or
  • Direct from Coax Publications Ph. 1 (905) 898-4875)

Passing the Basic Qualification Exam (70% pass mark) is the starting point for becoming a ham. It will get you "on the air" with access to many of the ham bands.
More about amateur radio qualification levels and privileges can be found on ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) Amateur Radio Service web site at http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/radioamateur.e

Start Date: Starting September 16, 2019.
Time: 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Duration: Monday evenings for 14 weeks
Place: BOWNESS SCOUT AND LIONS HALL, 8551 BOWNESS RD NW, CALGARY, AB
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Exam: Basic Qualification exam included, taken on the last evening.
Cost: Regular tuition is $65.00  (Course fee only)

Note: Tuition includes the Basic Qualification test by accredited examiner (would cost $20 if test taken at ISED).

The test is 100 multiple choice questions covering Radio electronics and setup of Amateur Station and Repeaters, Operating Modes, Antennas, Operating practices, and theory.
A pass mark of 70% is required for the Basic Qualification. A mark of 80% provides the candidate with additional HF operating privileges. This is referred to as “Basic with Honours”.  

There is a "Practice Exam Generator" software program that can be downloaded from the Industry Canada web site at http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/radioamateur.e   This will give you an idea of what to expect.

Good weekly attendance for the classes is highly encouraged. There is much to be learned and it is best done among your team of instructors and fellow students. You will need to do reading and questions to keep up with the material. Should need to drop out for any reason, your course fee covers you for a future CARA Basic course.


ADVANCED Class

Advanced Amateur Ham Radio Course is tentatively scheduled for January 13 Start, 2020.
Starting Monday evenings at 6:45 PM

You can register the night of the class and payment can be made by cash or cheque.
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Note:
Advanced Amateur Radio Study Guide Must be purchased in Advance for the course.
The Advanced Study Guides are available from:
  • Radio World Calgary Ph. (403) 239 - 1400).
    Or
  • Direct from Coax Publications Ph. 1 (905) 898-4875)

Passing the Advanced Qualification Exam (70% pass mark) allows you to use full legal power, build your own transmitting equipment and set up repeater systems as well as full access to HF bands.  More about amateur radio qualifications and privileges can be found on the ISED Amateur Radio Centre web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/025.nsf/eng/home

Start Date: Starting January 1, 2020 (Tentative).

Time: 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Duration: Monday evenings for 16 weeks (16 evenings total not including Stat Holidays if required).
Place:  To be determined

Exam: Advanced Qualification exam included, taken on the last evening

Cost: Regular tuition is $65.00 (est). (Course fee only)

Note: Tuition includes photocopied course materials ($15.00 value),   and Advanced Qualification test by accredited examiner (would cost $20 if test taken at Industry Canada).

The test is 50 multiple choice questions covering Radio electronics and setup of Amateur Station and Repeaters, Operating Modes, Antennas, Operating practices, and theory.

 The pass mark is 70% for Advanced Qualification. There is a "Practice Exam Generator" software program that can be accessed from the ISED web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/025.nsf/eng/h_00040.html.

This will give you an idea what to expect.

The Advanced qualification is a technical upgrade with a deeper look at radio, electronics and advanced amateur modes.  The class will involve demos and hands-on where possible.  A collaborative model is followed with expoert peer presentations.  Student participation is expected both in questions and lessons.  Good attendance and reading/study between classes are needed to be successful.  If you do not complete the course, your course fee covers you for any future CARA advanced course.


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