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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.

WHEN: - Starting at 7:30 pm March 26, 2019, running until June 11, 2019. (see schedule at end.)

WHERE: - St John Ambulance, 250 Gage Ave, Kitchener

ELIGIBILITY: - This course is open to anyone; however, enrollment is limited. For practical reasons, the class size is capped at 30 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 26. On subsequent nights there would be various hands on demonstrations, a practice exam on Tuesday May 28 and a Government Examination conducted by the Club Examiner on June 11. There would be six classroom sessions to be held at the St John Ambulance at 250 Gage Avenue, Kitchener.

Course instructors will be Roger Sanderson VE3RKS, Gord Hayward VE3EOS, David Sullivan VE3RBA, Patrick Anthony VA3PAF and Rick Goetze VE3ZUP.


  • Week 1: Tuesday Mar 26, Introduction
  • Week 2: Tuesday Apr 02, KWARC Club meeting
  • Week 5: Tuesday Apr 23, Ohm's Law hands on etc.
  • Week 6: Tuesday Apr 30, Block diagrams
  • Week 7: Tuesday May 7, KWARC Club meeting
  • Week 9: Tuesday MAy 21, Station Operation, Hamsphere 4.0
  • Week 10: Tuesday May 28, Pretest
  • Week 11: Tuesday June 4, KWARC Club meeting
  • Week 12: Tuesday June 11,Final Exam

For more detailed information, please refer to our: November 2018 Newsletter on pp 5-7.


*What's Ham Radio All About Anyway
*Basic Qualification Course
*Advanced Qualification Course

Industry Canada Question Bank: you can download the question bank (updated 2017)   CLICK HERE

Starting Date: Tuesday March 26, 2019
Place: St. John Ambulance Facility, 250 Gage Avenue, Kitchener  

Basic Licence Qualification Course

Topics to be covered include:

*Basic Electronics
*Radio Frequency Propagation
*Antenna Systems
*Suppression of Interference
*Station Assembly
*Operational Procedures
*International and Canadian Regulations
*Q Codes and Emergency Signals

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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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What's it all about anyway
Amateur Radio is a hobby. It's a hobby that deals with a wide variety of different types of communications. Everything from local voice radio conversations to voice and data conversations via satellite and even by bouncing the radio waves off the moon.

Hams have set up a world wide "internet" of sorts using wireless "packet" radio technology. This allows our computers to route mail and news between each other to almost anywhere on earth. There is a large contingent of Hams that specialize in Morse Code and voice conversations over long distances.

In fact this is where the hobby has it's roots, it's called HF or DX'ing. Other Hams use their radios to control RC models. Still others specialize in Amateur television broadcasting. Analog and digital microwave communications is becoming more and more popular too.

Remember 9-11 in NYC or the the San-Francisco Earthquake or any other catastrophic event?  After all telephone service is lost the Hams in the area are always the only available method of communicating with the outside world.

Anyway, if your interested in Hamming read some of the other screens for more details.

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