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NOTICE April-2020:

  • COVID-19: Physical Training Courses & CW Classes are suspended
  • RSGB Online Exams may be available, please enquire with John M0JOC below
  • Meanwhile we continue to update our material for the new RSGB syllabus

    Amateur Radio licences are obtained by passing a progressive system of exams for Foundation, Intermediate and Full levels of the Radio Communications Examination. Anyone entering the hobby must go through each stage before progressing to the next. Foundation and Intermediate levels include operating and practical assessments as well as theory. CARS offer a full range of amateur radio licence training courses, as well as separate practical/exam sessions and Morse classes.


  • Numbers: A full course may not run if confirmed numbers are below six per course.
  • Flexibility: If you just need an exam/re-take, please contact us to see if we can fit you in on an existing date
  • Extra Dates: If arranged in good time we can offer exams/practical sessions on Skills Nights (EX sessions below)

    John O'Connell, M0JOC is the CARS Training Coordinator / Exam Secretary
    Those wishing to book a place should contact him by . . .
    M:  07868-004380
    E:  training2021 at

    Foundation Courses

    Get on the air with the entry-level Foundation Licence. CARS runs Foundation Courses which are on Thursday evenings at 7-9pm at Danbury Village Hall.

    Course No Course Dates Exam Date
    40F6-Feb-2020 to 13-Feb-2020   - fast-track practicals/mock 20-Feb-2020
    41F9-Apr-2020 to 16-Apr-2020   - fast-track practicals/mock - CANCELLED 23-Apr-2020

    On successful completion of the Foundation Course the candidates will be able to apply for a Foundation Licence which allows the use of all modes on most of the Amateur bands with upto 10W power.

    The cost of a full-length 6wk course is 60 which includes room hire, the RSGB Exam Fee* and the 'Foundation Licence Manual' training book. Shorter 3wk fast-track courses are 40 inclusive.

    Please ensure you forward details of your full name, address, phone & mobile numbers and email address.

    Intermediate Courses

    The Intermediate Licence (permitting upto 50W on all bands) requires that you must first have passed the Foundation level. The Courses are held from 7-9pm on Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall.

    The 80 cost includes room hire, Project materials, Intermediate Licence manual, and RSGB Exam Fee.*

    Course No Course Dates Exam Date
    19 tbd     tbc

    Note that we will need to know details of your Foundation callsign and exam pass date as well as your full name, address, phone & mobile numbers and email address.


    For those who just need Foundation or Intermediate Practical Assessments (as they may wish to take the exam separately), CARS offer flexible opportunities - please enquire

    The cost includes room hire and project materials - but you are advised to have the appropriate course book as well. As time is limited, preparation beforehand is advised.

    • Foundation: Prior knowledge of the phonetic alphabet is an advantage.
    • Intermediate: Candidates should have an awareness of the Resistor Colour Code and basic circuit symbols as these are used in the practicals.

    Full Courses / Exams

    On 1-Jan-2004 the Advanced Exam replaced the C&G RAE. Now known as the Full Exam, passing this gives you a Full Licence (upto 400W and other privileges). It is necessary to have passed both Foundation and Intermediate levels prior to signing up for this.

    CARS offer a number of options for Full exams, which are held on Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall. CARS offer shorter Prep/Revision Classes and Exam-only sessions for those who have already studied at home/elsewhere and have their own course books (aka fast-track courses) - costs for these are between 45 (Exam-only) and 65 (Revision course).

    We often offer July and December slots aligned with the Bath Distance Learning course which is highly recommended. If you need additional revision slots/mentoring do contact us.

  • Course No Course Dates Exam Date
    25E Exam-only       Thu 20-Feb-2020
    26E Exam-only - CANCELLED       Thu 23-Apr-2020
    27E Prep - Thu 9-Jul-2020       Thu 16-Jul-2020
    28E Prep - Thu 26-Nov-2020       Thu 3-Dec-2020
    NB: If you need a Full Exam, please contact our Training Coordinator with details of your Intermediate callsign and exam pass date as well as full name, address, phone & mobile numbers and email address.


    Exam sessions above can also be used for other levels - please enquire if you need this.

    CW Classes       − • − •     − − • −

    LEARN MORSE IN 2020! - Morse classes start again at Danbury Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday, 16th January, 2020 until Easter. If you are a complete beginner Danbury is the best place, you will have your own "Elmer" to instruct and guide you. If you just want to refresh your morse skills Danbury has a group of enthusiasts who will be pleased to help. If you just want a pleasurable evening with CW friends just come and join us for a fun evening whenever it suits you.

    Morse Code (CW) enables DX working at low power levels. Want to be proficient at Morse ?
    CARS offers Morse classes on Thursday evenings at Danbury, run by Andrew Kersey G0IBN

    *Exam Fees

    A major part of any course cost is the RSGB Exam Fee. This is levied at a flat rate regardless of whether you are an RSGB member or not, in order to be non-discriminatory.

    Alternative Training Centres in Essex

    Braintree and District Amateur Radio Society:

    Colchester Radio Amateurs:

    Harlow & District Amateur Radio Society:

    Havering & District Amateur Radio Club:

    Loughton & Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society:

    Thames Amateur Radio Group:

    Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club:

    Web Resources


  • Exam Requirements Guide
  • Just Passed ?
  • Foundation Feedback forms: Word, PDF
  • Echolink Introduction


  • Foundation Online - useful prep
  • HamTests - online mocks


  • First Steps: What is Amateur Radio?
  • Next Steps: Getting Started - FAQs
  • Training info: RSGB Training web pages
  • Exam topics: Exam Syllabuses

    Mock Exams:-

  • RSGB: Mock Exams & Handouts,
  • Other:


  • Licence Conditions inc Frequency Schedules: Ofcom Amateur Radio Pages
  • Online Licensing Service: Start here
  • Online Licensing - User Guide Leaflet: Click Here

    Help us sign up more candidates:-

  • CARS Foundation Posters: Colour-1, Colour-2, Red/Mono
  • CARS Foundation Leaflet / Registration Form
  • CARS Leaflet, Training Banner

    CARS Supports:-

  • Essex Repeater Group - home of GB3DA
  • Radio Communications Foundation (RCF) - the Radio Education Charity

    CARS Website and Slide Design Resources are here

    CARS Amateur Radio Exam Centres & Locations

    CARS uses RSGB registered exam centres. Click on the links for location maps

    EX144 - Danbury Village Hall - Map
    EX238 - Danbury United Reformed Church Hall - Map
    EX99  - St Mary's Church Centre, Great Baddow - Map
    EX316 - King Edward Grammar School, KEGS
    EX75  - Chelmsford Scouts, Springfield
  • Danbury Village Hall on Google Maps: Close-in or Wide Area
  • Public Transport: Bus Timetables
  • Photos of Danbury Village Hall and other Exam Centres are on the Photos Page

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