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PHYSICAL MEETINGS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. PLEASE SEE THE MEMBERS FORUM. FOR FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS. MEMBERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE SOCIETY. ARE ASKED TO BE PATIENT.
SARS Examination Secretary Barry G8DXU has been waiting to hear from the RSGB regarding forthcoming examinations.
THE RSGB HAS NOW ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL MAKE REMOTELY INVIGILATED EXAMINATIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE FOUNDATION. OTHER LEVELS OF EXAM WILL PROBABLY FOLLOW AFTER THE ROLL-OUT OF THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM.
If you have passed a practical assessment this will be held as valid until the end of 2020. However Practical Assessments are not an Ofcom requirement and are not required for exams in the immediate future.
Current students will be contacted by the Exam Secretary with details about applying for the Remotely Invigilated Exams. On-line training sessions and resources are also available that can help you progress.
The Foundation and Intermediate licences are fully covered within our training package (note that each stage needs to be passed consecutively). We are happy to assist students with their studies for the Advanced examination but are not currently running any courses.
Training is essentially free of charge to members who pay a substantially reduced subscription to the society during the first year and whilst undertaking training for the Foundation syllabus.
Please use the contact form and or On-Line membership application form as appropriate. Once accepted, members will be put in touch with one of our registered assessors to agree an appropriate training program.
Limited free time? Apart from the practical work (which is usually completed in two separate days) and the exam, we may be able to offer teaching online for all licence levels.
The Foundation and Intermediate and Advanced licence examinations have been reviewed by the RSGB and Ofcom. The syllabus of these examinations changed in September 2019. Accordingly our training package has been restructured to account for these changes and we are now training under the new syllabus from January 2020.
We often start training with the practical element, which introduces students to radio equipment and its correct use. This is generally carried out at our Beachy Head Radio Site and takes around four hours.
The sections covering basic theory and licence regulations etc are then covered in one or two sessions, perhaps with some on-line questions and answers. This should only require 8-16h hours study, depending upon the students level of knowledge of basic electrical and electronic theory.
Our charge for FOUNDATION training is £40.00 which includes the exam fee.
The Intermediate licence involves more electronics and propagation knowledge, as well as the ability to construct simple circuits using a soldering iron. There is more emphasis on theory and some calculations using basic mathematics and formula. This is still at an achievable level for most students.
Our charge for the INTERMEDIATE training is £45.00 which includes the exam fee.
Students wishing to sit the ADVANCED exam will be charged £50.00 which covers the exam fee and associated costs.
The following photographs show one of the Intermediate training sessions held by Barry G8DXU at our Beachy Head site.
Intermediate Licence students learning how to correctly terminate BNC and PL259 (UHF) Type coaxial connectors.
The above test boards for learning basic electrical circuit theory are available as a complete kit from G8DXU to SARS members.
The test board is the basic building block for constructing simple circuits. Students learn to make Voltage and Current measurements using Ohms Law to prove their readings. This Kit is an improvement on the basic item described in the Intermediate Manual. It contains all of the components necessary, including the Baseboard, PCB lands for soldering, Switch, Resistors, MES Lampholder & Bulb. The Diode, LED & Transistor, together with wire and solder are also provided.