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Amateur Radio Classes




Kitchener-Waterloo Amateur Radio Club (KWARC) is pleased to offer a Basic Ham Radio Course to facilitate official licensing of more amateur radio (HAM) operators.

This year, we will provide the course online, instead of the normal classroom course, because of the Health Canada recommendations against gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. This will be done through a blend of online materials and interaction with the instructors through email and videoconferencing or online meetings.

WHEN: - Our current course is over. Watch this space for the 2022 courses.

You can also Self-Study, see the resorces below..

Course Description:

This course will be a condensed version of the full course offered by various clubs. Participants will be expected to study course materials in advance independently, as well as attend the on-line classroom sessions. The classroom program would consist of an introduction to amateur radio, meet the instructors, introduction to INTERNET self-study, and a discussion of the timetable on Tuesday March 23. On subsequent nights there would be various "hands on" demonstrations, a practice exam on Tuesday May 25 and a Government Examination conducted by the Club Examiners on June 8. There will be seven online classroom sessions from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Club member Vic VE3YT has written a 103 page "Successful Guide for the Basic Exam" (in PDF form) organized in the same order as the ISED Question Bank. It teaches exactly what you need to know for the exam. It is recommended by the RAC Basic Course instructor. It is $20 for the pdf, of which $10 is contributed to KWARC educational activities, so you're already supporting the club. Email Vic to buy this guide over email. We will be using this book as our "textbook" for the course.

Course instructors will be Roger Sanderson VE3RKS, Gord Hayward VE3EOS, Tim Vegh VA3TMV, Jonathan Fritz VA3JFZ, Dave Lahn VA3DKL, Vic DiCiccio VE3YT, Dan Damianoff VA3IDD, and Rick Goetze VE3ZUP.


Some of you who are interested may find that you cannot attend the course, or wish to study on your own. If this is the case, email indicating your desire to self study and a list of useful resources can be provided.

Keep trying the practice exams, and when you feel you are ready to be examined, you can contact Roger and we can set you up with a Volunteer Examiner.

Have fun studying and see you at the course!

Advanced Qualification Course
If adequate interest, we offer an Advanced course during which we will prepare the students to write the Industry Canada Advanced Certification Exam.

Covering such topics as:

*Circuit Analysis
*Linear Amplifiers
*Modulation Techniques
*Radio Frequency Propagation
*Antenna Systems
*Test Equipment and Construction

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