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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 probably some kind of videoconferencing or online meetings. As our plans gel, we will let the students know which online tools we intend to use.

WHEN: - Starting at 7:30 pm March 24, 2020, running until June 9, 2020. (see schedule at end.)

WHERE: - Online

ELIGIBILITY: - This course is open to anyone; however, enrollment is limited. For practical reasons, the class size is capped at 20 students.

REGISTRATION: - email ve3rks@rac.ca expressing your intent to enroll

COST: - FREE with a $25 one-year membership in KWARC. (Normal membership is $36.) Bring cash or cheque payable to "KW Amateur Radio Club" to the first meeting.

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 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 24. On subsequent nights there would be various hands on demonstrations, a practice exam on Tuesday May 26 and a Government Examination conducted by the Club Examiner on June 9. There would be seven classroom sessions from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., held at the St John Ambulance facility, 250 Gage Avenue, Kitchener.

Course instructors will be Roger Sanderson VE3RKS, Gord Hayward VE3EOS, David Sullivan VE3RBA, Tim Vegh VA3TMV, Jonathan Fritz VA3JFZ, 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 ve3rks@rac.ca indicating your desire to self study and a list of useful resources can be provided. One well recommended self-study site is here: http://www.clares.ca/self/ . Keep trying the practice exams, and when you feel you are ready to be examined, you can contact the Volunteer Examiner, David Sullivan VE3RBA, at davisu@gto.net. David will be happy to set up a mutually convenient time and place for you to attempt the official examination.

Have fun studying and see you at the course!


  • Week 1: Tuesday Mar 24, Introduction
  • Week 2: Tuesday Mar 31, Regulations
  • Week 5: Tuesday Apr 07, KWARC Club Meeting
  • Week 6: Tuesday Apr 21, Ohm's Law, hands-on etc.
  • Week 7: Tuesday APR 28, Block Diagrams
  • Week 7: Tuesday May 05, KWARC Annual General Meeting
  • Week 9: Tuesday May 19, Station Operation
  • Week 10: Tuesday May 26, Pretest
  • Week 11: Tuesday June 02, KWARC Club meeting
  • Week 12: Tuesday June 09, Final Exam

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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