~ Passing your exams with Sutton Coldfield Radio Society

Notice:   Changes enforced by the RSGB have resulted in a review of the clubs comitment to training.  Currently there are no courses scheduled for the 2018/19 season.   Not sufficient demand to warrant the commitment necessary from the trainers.


Our aim: We want everyone irrespective of ability to become competent radio amateurs, understand how easy it is to get on the air, safely and without causing interference to others. This is a hobby for life!

Sutton Coldfield Radio Society currently offers both Foundation and Intermediate level exams.  Courses commence Sept/Oct each year, subject to candidate numbers and tutor availability, aiming to complete by the following April.  Please use the ‘Contact Us” web page to register your interest.

There are alternate ways to gain your amateur licence. To help you make your choice, links to other training centres are included at the bottom of this page including distance learning and weekend courses.

Please note: Sutton Radio Club do not offer weekend or distance learning training packages.


This is a gentle introduction into the world of amateur radio including licence conditions, operating practices.  It is the first level of achievement required to gain your ‘full’ licence.   Our course commences the end of September and completes with the exam the following March/April.  This licence permits operation on HF, VHF and UHF frequencies with restrictions.


This course sets out to give the student a more in depth look into the technical workings of radio, EMC, Licence and Operating.  Course commences early October and completes with the exam the following March/April. Upon successfully passing the exam you are permitted to transmit at a much higher power level than Foundation Level.  


In depth look into the working of all aspects of amateur radio.  Full licence means that you can transmit the maximum legal permitted power.

Sutton Radio Club do not have the facilities to run this course as the commitment from both the club and the individual is high. 

RCF accredited examination centre and RSGB approved instructor and assessors:

  • Instructor: Jason M0JDM
  • Instructor: Mike M0AZE

Key Dates: 

  • Foundation enrolment – fourth Monday of September (Sutton Rugby Club 19:30) – examination expected April.
  • Intermediate enrolment second Monday of October (Sutton Rugby Club 19:30) – examination expected April.

– Courses are run subject to availability of tutors and permission of Sutton Coldfield Amateur Radio Club –


Course costs vary and each candidate will need to purchase the relevant course book from the RSGB (reasonably priced).  Each student is required to join the club for £10.00. RSGB exam costs start from £29.50.

Exam only centre costs – £10.00 membership fee + Exam Fee + £5.00 charge to cover admin + room hire costs (where applicable).

Interested? Register your interest via “Contact Us” page.

Useful links:

Click here for the latest Training & Assessment Guide from the RSGB

RSGB Course Publications

RSGB Foundation Web Site

RSGB Intermediate Web Site

Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society

Essex Foundation Distance Learning Course information

Bath Advanced Distance Learning Course information

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