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Foundation exam passed at age 5 years and eleven months old

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  1. G7LRR

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    The Humber Fortress DX ARC is proud to Announce and congratulate its youngest new Member Miss Kayleigh Huntley,

    on passing her Foundation exam at age 5 years and eleven months .

    Also Passing their Exams today were:

    Steve Tobin

    Steve Walsh

    Linda Nielsen

    and a big congratulations to Kevin Johnson M6OZY on passing his intermediate Exam Kevin had worked very hard for this pass today.

    Full Write up will follow on the Candidates and their training that has taken place

    Andy Nielsen
    Chair Humber Fortress DX A.R.C

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  2. KC0W

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    Amateur radio, so easy even a 5 year old can do it.

    Tom KCØW
  3. K6FRG

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    I am going to share this with friends who feel they can't pass the tech exam!
  4. WW7F

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    QUOTE=K6FRG;2516724]I am going to share this with friends who feel they can't pass the tech exam![/QUOTE]

    Or even that "difficult", "impossible to pass" Extra exam:)! 73,Michelle:)
  5. W0IW

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    Congrats to the lil girl she did something cool...
    i wish i could get my kids excited enuff to do radio :)P.............DREAMING !!!

    Yeah yeah i know........ The world is changing ham radio ...taint... what it use to be...
    And the world has changed as well... I guess but the bands are alive tons of hams to talk to and lots of cool new radio toys are here i only dreamed we would have back in the late 70's and 80's are here now.....

  6. N1ZZZ

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    I wasn't even literate enough to read the questions at 5 yrs old.
  7. VK4TI

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    A quite exceptional well coached almost 6 year old

    Well done
  8. KA1BSZ

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    what is a foundation exam?
  9. AK4PX

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    looks like its the UK equivalent to the US Tech license
  10. KJ6VCN

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    The UK has three license classes: Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced.
    Foundation class holders are limited to 10W, Intermediate class holders are limited to 50W, while Advanced class holders may use up to 400W, the max allowed in the UK. I don't know about the band limitations, or if there are any at all.
    Just thought I'd help by adding some info.
  11. G0GQP

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    The UK Foundation Quiz is a farce, it then gives them access to all of the HF bands, 2 Mtrs, & I think 70 Cms....With a limit of 10 watts & no incentive to continue up the ladder.
    But fortunatley there are a large number of folks that do wish to progress, but on the downside there are also a large number that can't be bothered or use the Foundation callsign to give a smokescreen to their illegal CB activities.
    A Happy Easter To All

    73 de Dave
  12. 2E0OZI

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    Wheres your stats to back that up Dave? Mine are not extensive, but of the 10 of us that passed Foundation in November 2010, 8 have become intermeadiates, and of those I think 4 now hold a Full licence. I think the Foundation licence is an excellent way of getting people into Amateur radio and letting them have fun on the air with 10w.
  13. 2E0VDS

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    Well done to the young lady. May she enjoy ham radio for years to come.

    The Foundation exam is not a farce. I passed my foundation in 2007 and a year later passed the intermeadiate.

    I have no intention of going for the full licence.

    I use mainly use PSK but at time use voice and can work the world on 35 watts.

    I know PSK is a low power mode, but more skill is required to work the world on low power.

    Unlike some of our european neightbours who think nothing of running 1kw and blast everybody of the band.

    Saturday I worked VK5NE on 35 watts psk though a G5RV 15ft off the ground.
    Not a linear amp in sight.

    73's and good dx

  14. WA0EMX

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    See Radio Society of Great Britain's (RSGB) great website at, another great national Amateur Radio organization -- the UK's ARRL!

    See webpage within the RSGB website for the details on licensing and license classes.

    Another great national Ham Radio organisation (sic) can be found at Great mates down under!
  15. G4SKO

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    Well done to the young lady in question and anything that encourages new blood into this amazing hobby can only be good.
    There are broader issues here though. Ten watts is a significant amount of power, on the HF bands especially and I wonder if there is an incentive as the earlier post suggested to progress up the ladder and onward towards the more experimental aspects of the hobby. Engendered within the ethos/spirit of amateur radio is the path of self learning and acquisition of new skills and knowledge. Do the current license arrangements encourage this self improvement or do they simply get new call signs on the air at all cost? After a break from the hobby of several years I recently returned to the bands and was confronted by a legion of new call signs, some of these operators seemed to me at least, to have the operating demeanor of CBers with little regard for procedure or indeed manners. Don't get me wrong, I've always thought that the hobby needed a kick up the ether and to shed the old boys/gentlemen's club attitude to newcomers, but I remain to be convinced that this current licensing arrangement is fit for purpose.

    We welcome this young lady to the fold and she should be very proud of her achievement. I hope she is encouraged to climb the ladder of self improvement. Who knows she may one day join the ranks of the great experimenters who have made huge contribution to the world of electronics and telecommunications across the globe.

    73, de. G4SKO
  16. K2WH

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    Whether the US or UK, there seems to be a rush to indoctrinate and/or trend by well meaning adults to get children to pass their respective tests. I don't know if this is an ego trip or an attempt at recognition for the trainers - Guinness perhaps.

    Personally, I think its silly. What in the world would one talk about to a 5 year old? Barbie dolls? Easy bake ovens? Why not just let 5 years olds be 5 year olds and grow up with friends and interact with humans instead of radios. I bet in coming years/months, someone will attempt to indoctrinate a 4 year old.

    Ham radio is for young adults and mature adults, not children or babies. Give it a break with the babies and get the 18-25 year olds interested.

  17. W1YW

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    Youngest US ham?


    Chip W1YW
  18. G4SKO

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    I get your point of course and maybe 5 is a little early but I was interested in shortwave from the age of 11 (a child) I have nevertheless continued to have a lifelong interest in many aspects of this great hobby. It has also enabled me to forge a career in related industries. Maybe she has been indoctrinated as you say, maybe she will set aside her interest and resume at a later date, perhaps when she appreciates the technicalities more. Either way I wish her well and if she finds a similar joy to that enjoyed by myself and many, many others, then surely that is to be encouraged.

  19. M0MFP

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    age limit what o dont forget that and it shows the exam in not tough to easy

    just shows the exams need to be harden up and the tech side needs to be a lot more deeper and the british need a good kicking in the tech area
  20. NW9R

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    Good for you young lady....regardless how hard or easy the exam session was..glad you are in the ranks..hope to see more about you later as you progress onwards and upwards!

    Congrats again
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