Training Course for the Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Advanced Qualification

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This course was designed to help candidates for the Advanced Qualification to prepare for the exam, and in the process gain important knowledge to operate or experiment with the new privilege.

In addition to the classes candidates should be prepared to spend at least several hours per week for four to six weeks to study and to do practise exams. The course was designed to help students tackle the course materials in a structured way, and build confidence in scoring the correct answers with weekly progress.

We will use instruments like multimeter, oscilloscope, signal generator, spectrum analyzer, and vector network analyzer to help students visualize some of the important concepts in measurements, RF and antenna theories. For those with limited knowledge on electronics, we will demonstrate the use of real components. On the receiver and transmitter topics, we will illustrate the functional building blocks by examining a real transceiver. Due to the amount of illustrations and interactions required for the course, we shall only offer this course in-person.

Course Details

Sessions One a year in September
Course Length Unless advised otherwise the course runs for four consecutive Saturday afternoons.
Course Materials Students are provided a copy of VECTOR’s Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Course Book.
Exam An ISED accredited examiner conducts the exam after the course.
Classroom Hours Class typically starts each Saturday afternoon at 13:00 and concludes by 17:00.
Classroom Locations To be announced.
Transit / Cycling
Fee $100 (by credit card or e-Transfer) covers all classes, course materials and the exam.
Registration Questions Write our training coordinator ([email protected]).

Licence Information And Study Aids

Prior to taking the VECTOR Amateur Radio Operator Certificate Course students may find it helpful to review some of the regulatory information and study materials available.

Do not let the materials listed here intimidate you. Our course material and training approach has been specially designed to help everyone master the information they need to know to pass the ISED Certification Exam and be successful as a qualified Amateur Radio operator.

Licence Information

Background and regulatory information pertinent to the ISED Certification Exam and the Amateur Radio Service can be found at ISED’s web site, including:

Study Aids

ISED offers the Amateur Radio Exam Generator free of charge to interested parties. To obtain the exam generator, follow the instructions at the ISED Amateur Radio Service web site.

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) offers a free self-test program useful for those studying for the official ISED/Industry Canada exam. Download ExHAMiner v2.5 from the RAC site:

After You Obtain Your Certificate

If you have an interest in volunteering your time to help VECTOR in its mission as the backup emergency communications provider for the City of Vancouver, consider joining us. VECTOR provides additional training to members ranging from basic radio skills courses - a terrific start for any new amateur - to radio operations in an emergency management context.

Other Amateur Radio organizations and clubs: if you have an upcoming course please send to [email protected] dates, details and contact information and we’ll add your course to our website and public calendar so we can refer students to you.