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The next annual Basic Amateur Radio Certification Course sponsored by the Halifax Amateur Radio Club,
and taught by senior Club members, will begin mid January in the HARC Club Station located in Fire
Station #50 on Hammonds plains road; contact person is Jason Ingraham, VE1PYE.
The regular weekly classes will be held on Saturdays. Saturday classes start at 10 AM and run until 3
PM (with a 1 hour lunch break; bring your own lunch) - these times are yet to be
confirmed. The exact schedule can be found on the "Course Outline" page when it is
The course contents follow the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Study Guide (9th. Edition). It includes
about 44 hours of instruction, including both classroom and hands-on sessions. This comprehensive
course has resulted in successful completion of the entry-level qualifying exam for most class
members, including a mix of male and female; those with and without a previous technical background;
and ages from 12 or younger to over 70 years of age. We believe that this is the best way to start
your career in amateur radio. The first meeting will be an introduction to ham radio, I urge anyone
who thinks they may be interested in becoming a ham to attend that evening. You will have an
opportunity to hear about the many exciting dimensions of our hobby and to obtain detailed
information about the course.
The course venue will be the Halifax Amateur Radio Club's new facilities at the fire station #50 on
Hammonds Plains Road.
The final exam will be provided by one of the Club's Volunteer Examiners (listed below). The pass
rate for obtaining the Basic Certification is 70%. However, if you pass with honours (80%) you will
be granted a Basic plus Certification that provides full operating privileges on all bands. You can
also obtain full operating privileges with an initial pass rate of 70% by demonstrating Morse code
proficiency at 5 wpm.
Although Morse code is no longer an absolute requirement for licensing, it remains a very useful and
enjoyable aspect of our hobby. Concurrent instruction in Morse code as a language for communications
will be provided to those wishing to use it in upgrading their level of certification or to qualify
for this mode of operating. The code training sessions will be arranged in a mutually agreeable way
among members of the class expressing an interest. Already qualified amateur radio operators wishing
to join the Morse code instruction are welcome. There is no charge for those wishing to take part in
the Morse code classes. For more information on the Morse code class click here.
The total cost of the Basic Amateur Radio Licensing Course is $100. This covers the following learning materials and benefits:
- Study Guide (9th Edition)
- Halifax Amateur Radio Club Course Fee
- Expert instruction by licensed amateurs
- Free licensing exam and application to Industry Canada
- Online course materials
- Associate membership in HARC
- Copies of the Club's monthly newsletter, The Reflector.
- Let me know that you are interested in taking the course, and I will put you on the distribution
list for further information, including the detailed curriculum outline. I look forward to
helping you become a part of this wonderful hobby!
Jason Ingraham, VE1PYE.
Bill Elliott, VE1MR (902) 865-8567
Brian Allen VA1CC (902) 404-4215
Fred Archibald VE1FA (902) 582-1561 ** Fred lives in the Wolfville area.