M3 - Course Content

Sample Timetable


9:00  -   9:30 Introduction & Registration
9:30 -  10:15 Morse Assessments
11:00 - 12:00 Technical Basics
12:00 - 12:15 Breakout Session
12:15 - 12:45 Operating Practices
12:45 - 13:00 Break-out
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 16:30 Practical Assessments
9:00 -  9:30 Review
 9:30 - 10:30 Transmitters/Receivers
10:30 - 11:15 Antennas/Feeders
11:15 - 11:45 EMC
11:45 - 12:15 Safety
12:15 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 Propogation
14:00 - 15:00 Repeaters
15:00 - 16:00 Licence Conditions\Final Break-Out
16:15 - 17:00 Exam


Please note that both of the above are merely examples - and should not be regarded as the full layout of the course, also note that due to constraints beyond the control of Widnes & Runcorn ARS. Some lectures may be moved, However reasonable notice will be given.


If you can obtain the RSGB's "Foundation NOW" book beforehand, all the better.

(The book is obtainable from the RSGB Bookshop)

However, we will have them on sale during Registration on the Saturday

You do not need to know this book inside and out before you turn up, However, if you bought yours before the course, please read it through at least once before you arrive.

Other than that, pens and paper - Calculators are not needed, as what little calculation there is within the course, is very basic, and can all be done on paper.

Lunch on Saturday and Sunday is available at the club - Details will be given in Registration.


There is absolutely nothing to worry about.........

The Morse Assessment, is not a full blown Morse Test - It merely gives you an 'appreciation' of Morse, as per the licensing requirements.  You will sit, in groups with your Morse Assessor.  In front of you is a Key and Oscillator and a crib-sheet, on the crib sheet, is the Alphabet.

You are then sent roughly 30 characters of Morse, at about 5WPM (no faster) - You then have to copy this, as per the crib-sheet.  Your Assessor will check over each of your 'MorsePad's' (Your answer sheets) - 

If you have got any wrong, these will be pointed out to you, and re-sent until you get them correct.

Then it's your turn.........

You will be given a short piece of text, you have to encode this and then send it, Again, should you get any wrong, or if your sending isn't making sense, Your Assessor will inform you.

At the end of the day it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to fail the Morse Assessment, As everything is gone over until it's right.....

© Stephen Roberts 2014