The Intermediate Course is run over 2 Friday evenings, and a full weekend, with the exam usually on the Monday after the course.

The course is run on smaller numbers than the Foundation and this leads to a more relaxed course, Lunch arrangements are still the same!

You will need to accquire the coursebook "Intermediate Licence- Building on the Foundation" (ISBN:1-872309-860) -

This book contains everything you will need for the course, it is priced at £6.99 and is available from the RSGB Shop.

The course builds on everything you learnt in the Foundation course, however while there are no practicals, the course has a more hands on approach, as there are assessments carried out at regular periods during the weekend, in order to back up what you've learnt in the course.

There are also practical elements, you will have to complete the following practical assessments.

1) - Attach a PL-259 to coax feeder and test

2) - Wire a 3-Pin Mains Plug

3) - Build a Radio related electronic kit

4) - Calibrate a VFO (Variable frequency Oscillator)

5) - Basic soldering

Assessments 1, 2 and 5 will be done on the Friday nights, 3 will be done between the Friday Nights and the Weekend, 4 will be done on the weekend.

Although you are allowed to chose the kit you build, it must be something radio related.

We have included a full list of recommended kits on this site.

Whilst the list is not exhaustive, it should give some idea.

The PL259 and 3-pin Mains plug will be done under supervision.

You will also need to build the Simple DC Circuit, that is described in the 'Intermediate book' , as this will help you to do the experiments, that follow most of the lectures that you do during the weekend.

The 'Simple DC Circuit' is available in kit form for £4.00 from the Club.

The rest of the course is done over a weekend, in much the same way as the Foundation course is, except there are smaller groups! During that weekend, you will do theory backed up by some practical tests, and will have to demonstrate (and possibly fault-find) your kit.

The exam (and we can call it that now!) takes place on the Monday night - it consists of a 1 ¼ hour - 45 question exam.

We will mark the papers there and then, and you will receive your result the same evening.

© Stephen Roberts 2014