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Training Opportunities during COVID-19

The regular classes that CARA normally hosts have been put on hold pending the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Below you will see the information pages that describe the objectives and resources for those classes.

But in the meantime, what is a person to do to get their Amateur Radio Certificate?  

There are several On-Line opportunities that are available if you wish:

  1. The Revelstoke Amateur Radio group are holding online courses starting June 7, 2020.  See their Facebook page.  
  2. Radio Amateurs of Canada are offering courses on-line as well as information of courses offered by various groups across Canada.  See their website for updated information
  3. The Certificatation testing objectives and practice exams are available on line at the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada ( ISED ) website. 
    See https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/h_sf01709.html.  

Basic Class

Basic Amateur Ham Radio Course (Tentatively) planned for September 14, 2020.
Starting Monday evenings at 6:45 PM

Registration for the September CARA Basic Amateur Radio Class are not yet open for registration.  

The Basic Classes start in September each year and Advanced Class the following January.

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: Pending further developments with COVID-19, courses are not being hosted in scheduled live on-line meetings.  

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 are scheduled for January each year.
Starting Monday evenings at 6:45 PM

Note: Due to COVID-19, until further notice, all course topics are now presented live on line. Contact us for details.

Registration for the January CARA Advanced Amateur Radio Class is now will open.
See https://caraham.org/event-3680287

The Basic Classes start in September each year and Advanced Class the following January.

Links to Schedule  and Registration

============ Note:
Advanced Amateur Radio Study Guide Must be purchased in Advance for the course.  (Availability of the Study Guide may be limited, so be sure to pick up your guide early.)
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 Center web site at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/025.nsf/eng/home

Start Date: Starting January 13, 2020.
Time: 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Duration: Monday evenings for 17 weeks (16 evenings total not including Stat Holidays).
Place:  Pending further developments with COVID-19, courses are not being hosted in scheduled live on-line meetings.  
 
Exam: Advanced Qualification exam included, taken on the last evening
Cost: Regular tuition is $65.00 (est). (Course fee only)

Note: Tuition includes 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.

The Advanced Qualification added to your Basic Qualification will allow you to use all of the Amateur frequency bands including those allowing direct communications with other Radio Amateurs over much greater distances, operate remote stations (such as the CARA Station), build and operate your own transmitting equipment, sponsor a club station, run higher power, and operate your own repeater station.

This will give you an idea what to expect from the class.

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 expert 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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