Record numbers to take UK Foundation exam

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Record numbers to take UK Foundation exam

    The RSGB reports that despite a record number of 600 online amateur radio exam slots being made available in June, they are already fully booked!

    A post on the RSGB website reads:

    In response to the demand for remote invigilation exams, the RSGB is launching a new, automated booking system. It will make each part of the process smoother for applicants and HQ staff. As all 600 exam slots in June have now been filled, the new booking system will go live on 1 June in readiness for booking July exam slots.

    Over the next ten days we will share more details about the system and how to use it.

    In the meantime, please note that we are not accepting any new bookings via the old application form.


    Prior to the introduction of remotely-invigilated online exams that people can take from their own home, there were only about 1500 Foundation exams held each year, that equates to just 125 a month, demand is now running at over four-times that level.

    Remote-invigilation and Online Training seems to have made the hobby accessible to so many more people for whom the geographically-patchy club-based training and exams were out of reach.

    Follow the RSGB on Twitter at

    Free online Foundation Training Courses are available from:

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  2. 2M0FUP

    2M0FUP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am one of those fortunate people who managed to get an exam slot in May and now hold my foundation licence. Being a full time carer (elderly mother with alhzeimer's), attending my nearest club with instruction and examination was not as relaxing as it should be (100 mile round trip). Having a national programme for examinations at foundation level is a marvelous step forward by the RSGB who have done an excellent job of getting this done at such an overwhelming pace in such tough times. If they had been a commercial body we would never see the exams this side of 2025.

    Thank you to all involved in making this happen and it is also playing a major part in helping reduce isolation. Indeed, one of the local repeaters is now like a social hub for the locals and not-so locals. Favourable conditions bring in QSO from 100+ miles (2m band).

    Thank you once again RSGB for rolling out the exam like this and I must not forget Essex Ham, who have provided an outstanding level of online tuition for nothing more than a voluntary donation to the club. Pete M0PSX is doing a fabulous job with his team and deserves recognition for his efforts. Please visit for more details.


    George MM7DSV
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  3. NN2X

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    That is super to see the growth in Ham Radio!

    I recall, back in 1970's I lived in New Jersey, and had to travel to New York City, and go to the old rickety FCC building to take not only 5 exams and 3 code exams (Ham radio), but the 9 Commercial FCC licenses...The head sets for the code exam were a classic! Although a pain, it was satisfying, I did not always pass, I had to keep going back the FCC building...I paid more in tolls, than my first Ham set!

    All good! More Hams the better!

    NN2X, Tom
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  4. W5CJA

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    This is promotion of online testing, not news, IMHO.
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  5. M7NYH

    M7NYH Ham Member QRZ Page

    so rolling out a significantly expanded means of assessment and a significant expansion in numbers taking a licence is not newsworthy...
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  6. M7VXR

    M7VXR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good news but the lack of doing the Practical element of the 'normal' Foundation Licence may yet prove to be a problem to the new potential passers.
  7. W5CJA

    W5CJA XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Look up the post history of this account, and it quickly becomes evident what side of the fence the user lands on. This is a proponent of online testing...which is fine. But this goes beyond a news post.
  8. N6ATF

    N6ATF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Parallels the US... the demand for fully-remote exams was sublimated because it seemed nobody would provide them... until SARS-COV-2.
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  9. G7NFP

    G7NFP Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's good news in my book as l had no idea that those online exams were so popular.

    So many thanks to the OP for posting this "NEWS" (not promotion).

    The reality is that anyone with no interest in ham radio won't be on this forum reading this thread.

    I will be more than happy to talk to all those new hams. And like many other hams from the old school, l will also be happy to offer any help or advice to anyone who needs it.
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  10. G7NFP

    G7NFP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nah, no real need for that.

    I am sitting with a Full licence & l never done any practical assessments. Neither did the OP.

    Having been told what those practical assessments consist of, l would consider them to be an insult to my intelligence.
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