Next Basic Qualification Radio Course
Starts Feb. 9, 2018 (details tbc)

RARC Basic Qualification Radio Courses aim to help students obtain their Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) (formerly Industry Canada) Basic Qualification Amateur radio operator certificate with a syllabus structured for hands-on demonstrations and classroom interaction so students obtain a better understanding of the topics and how they relate to different aspects of the Amateur radio hobby. Details about the upcoming radio course and registration info is on the club events site.

Why do we need to obtain an
Amateur radio operator certificate?

Amateur radio involves transmitting on allocated radio frequencies on the frequency spectrum. Since radio frequencies are regulated federally by the Government of Canada through ISED Spectrum Management, and globally by the United Nations agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a radio operator certificate (or licence) is required to transmit on regulated frequencies. For Amateur radio, a Basic level operator certificate is the minimum qualification to use allocated Amateur frequencies. Go to Amateur Certification Fact Sheet on the Government of Canada ISED site for more information on how to obtain an Amateur radio operator certificate.

ISED and the Amateur Radio Service

The Amateur Radio Service is a radiocommunication service provided by ISED under Spectrum Management and Telecommunications. The services include generating exams, issuing operator certificates, call sign registration, establishing standards for radio station operations, and maintaining records of regulatory changes. Full information about the Amateur Radio Service is on the Radio-communication section of the ISED site. The section also contains Related Official Publications on Amateur radio regulations, policies, procedures and exam information.

Club Instructors


Urey Chan, VE7URE
Charles Cohen, VA7CPC
Carole Eng, VA7QCE
Allan Leong, VE7WXZ
Eric Scott, VE7KLZ
Peter Walsh, VE7XPW

RARC instructors consist of experienced, as well as long-time, radio operators, some of whom also hold Advanced and Morse Code qualifications. The club also has members who are Government of Canada accredited examiners to conduct qualification exams.
Course Topics

Regulations, Policies, Procedures
Basic Electronica and Theory
Active and Passive Circuit Components
Station Assembly, Layout and Safety
Radio Wave Propagation
Feedlines and Antenna Systems
Interference and Supression
Radio Operations and Practices
Extra Topics
(time permitting)

Emergency Communications
Radio Go-Kit Design and Construction
Satellite Radio Contact on 2-metres
Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)

Updated September 8, 2018 (BETA 2)