About Amateur (Ham) Radio!
What is the Intermediate Licence?
The Intermediate Licence is the next stage up from a Foundation Licence and is the last step before the Advanced Licence. It has replaced the former Novice Licence. There is now only one class of licence as Morse is no longer required. The Intermediate Licence allows access to all the amateur radio bands (HF / short wave, VHF / UHF & Microwaves). The power allowed is limited to 50 Watts, except for the 135.7 - 137.8kHz band, which is limited to 1 Watt.
To obtain an Intermediate Licence, you must have passed the old City & Guilds Novice RAE exam or the new Intermediate Licence exam. There are training courses run by local clubs / colleges to help you study for the new Intermediate Licence. This course is longer than the Foundation Licence one and aims to teach many of the fundamentals of radio by undertaking practical tasks such as soldering, building a small project and a variety of other exercises building on the experience gained as a Foundation Licence holder. After completing the course, candidates sit the Intermediate Examination. This is a multiple choice exam based on what was learned on the course. A pass in the Foundation Course is a prerequisite to qualifying for the new Intermediate Licence exam. Morse is no longer required.
To go straight to the RSGB site click on the link: wwww.rsgb.org.uk