Amateur Radio dates back almost to the origins of radio
communication itself some would say that Amateur Radio made radio communication
However for the Foundation Licence you must be aware that
the hobby is for self-training and that for the most part it involves
some form of experimentation in aspects of radio communications. Such
self-training could however be carried out in a group or club where others
with more knowledge can show you how to make simple antennas, antenna matching
units (also know as ATU Antenna tuner units) and to carry out other simple
constructional project. Self-training on a solo basis means reading up on
a topic and then within the limitations of your licence carrying through
what you have learned whether that is in better operating practice, better
station layout etc.
The course will explore all these avenues to help you
to be aware of the great hobby you are entering.
You must be aware that unlike other radio communication
users of the air waves it services is non-commercial in nature.
In summary you will find that Amateur Radio is of value
to you from the point of view of :-
Technical innovation - there are always new ideas coming
Emergency communications (although in the Licence Conditions
part you will learn that as a Foundation Licence holder you cannot actually
take a full active part in emergency communications).
Development of skills for the United Kingdom - if you
are a young student the hobby might well give you an idea to follow some
form of electronics as a career which could be of benefit to the skills base
International friendship - as a Foundation Licence holder
you gain access to amateurs world wide via the HF bands (1.8 to 30 MHz),
and you may well strike up a friendship that could lead to an exchange visit
to amateurs abroad.
Amateur Radio is also a recreational activity and with
the hope of increasing leisure time will give the student who achieves their
licence a hobby for life.
Remember that the Foundation Licence is the entry
level to Amateur Radio in the UK and this course is based upon the ethos
(concept) that you are entirely new to electronics in any form and even such
words as the HF bands (1.8 to 30 MHz) means nothing to you at present, stay
with the course and like many students before you let's hope you achieve
your goal of a Foundation Amateur Radio Licence.